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Khamis, September 28, 2023

MP raises concern over Tawau’s water woes

Photo : Datuk Christina Liew at the assembly sitting.

KOTA KINABALU: If State Works Minister Datuk Bung Moktar Radin’s assurance is anything to go by, then Tawau’s perennial water woes should be a thing of the past soon.

Governments have come and gone but the decades-old water disruption problem remains unsolved.

The Deputy Chief Minister personally assured Tawau MP Datuk Christina Liew that on his next visit to the district, he will invite all the elected representatives for a brainstorming session, after the winding-up at the State Assembly sitting on Thursday.

Earlier, while the assembly was in the thick of discussing how to revamp the State’s water services, Liew, who is also Api Api Assemblywoman, stood up to raise concern over Tawau’s water supply shortage.

“Peruntukan (allocation), peruntukan (allocation), so much about peruntukan (allocation). While we await peruntukan (allocation), I urge the Government to resolve the long-standing water problem in the district,” she told the assembly.

Bung then dwelled on the need to build 14 water treatment plants and more off-river storage (ORS) facilities in the state.

“We should have eight ORS but now, there are only four such facilities in the whole of Sabah. If we have enough ORS, we will still have water supply even in the event of a drought or flood,” he said.

The State Works Minister also said he would discuss the persistent issue with the State Water Department Director to find out the exact problem plaguing the various districts facing a frequent disruption of water supply.

“Sabar, sabar (Be patient, be patient). Kalau tiada duit, kita cari duit (If no money, we find the money,”  Bung added.