The plan of Jakarta Provincial Government to buy 51 percent of PT PAM Lyonnaise Jaya (Palyja)’s stocks from Suez keeps being evaluated. A team tasked to hold negotiation with the company originated from France has been formed. Hopefully, the takeover would not cost much, so it will not burden the City Budget (APBD).
“The stocks should be taken over at a cheap price, so the purchase would not burden the City Budget,” stated Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) after he accompanied President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at Tanjungpriok, Friday (6/7).
According to Jokowi, he has formed a team to negotiate with Suez. Hopefully in doing so, clean water supply in Jakarta would not always be profit-oriented. This is because some have complained about the expensiveness of water supply in the capital city. “The takeover is already underway,” he told.
The purchase of Palyja’s stocks aims to prevent water management in Jakarta from being hoarded by foreign institution. Furthermore, Suez has been planning to sell their stocks to Manila Water, a water company from the Philippines. Such plan was revealed by France’s Foreign Trade Minister, Nicole Bricq, during her visit to the City Hall some time ago.
Meanwhile, Jakarta Parliament (DPRD) supports Jakarta Provincial Government’s plan to buy Palyja’s stocks. As a matter of fact, the budget to do so was also has been discussed.
Deputy Head of Jakarta Parliament, Triwisaksana, uttered there are two options for this matter. The first is to handover Palyja’s stocks to a regional company (BUMD), such as Jakarta Propertindo that runs in property sector. Or, the second option is to form a new regional company to manage water in Jakarta, which strengthened with a degree of professionalism.
“Each option has its pros and cons. Penalty must be included, because it is part of the acquisition plan. But for the sake of the citizens regarding clean water supply, I think this is a way worth run for,” he finished.