"There must be uniformity of legislation in relation to water resources management and infrastructure provision in safeguarding and maintaining water resources," he told reporters after opening the Johor River Barrage, here today.
Jayakumar said though the state government has the right to disagree on the bill, existing guidelines should be adopted in the management of water resources in the state.
Meanwhile, Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian said he was for the bill as long as it would benefit the people.
"We agree on the bill provided the federal government give us the allocation and the people will gain from it, Nevertheless a detailed study must be conducted before it could be implemented,” he said.
Through the bill, the ministry will be able to carry out water-related projects holistically through the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) approach whereby the distribution of water resources will be more efficient thus optimising and reducing national water resources.
Construction of the Johor River Barrage, started in 2013 with an allocation of RM96 million.The project aimed at preventing penetration of saline water into water treatment plants at the Johor River was fully completed in March last year.