Malaysian Inter-state Water Negotiations

3 Jan 2021 by The Water Diplomat

Kedah [state] will take the raw water matter to court if negotiations come to a deadlock, Menteri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Nor said. “We will negotiate with Penang [state] now, as we are in Malaysia together. “But, if the issue comes to a deadlock, it could be brought to court and this will be the final move by the state government,” he said. Yesterday, Sanusi was reported as saying that Kedah was still open to negotiations with Penang over the payment for raw water before seeking the intervention of the federal government. Before this, Kedah wanted to claim RM50 million from the Penang Water Supply Corporation as payment for raw water taken from Sungai Muda since 2010, but it was ignored by Penang.