Replace ageing pipes in Sibu, MP urges

THE state government should upgrade the water supply system in Sibu following several incidents of pipe leakage.

“Only by having new water pipes and related facilities can the problem of water disruption be overcome,” said Sibu MP Oscar Ling.

He added that the water pipe in front of Sibu FooChow Association leaked last month.

“This resulted in disruption of water supply in Sibu. “Without water supply, people cannot carry out their daily activities,” he added.

Ling said most of Sibu’s water distribution system was old and there had been frequent incidents of burst pipes. He added that his service centre often received complaints on frequent water disruptions.

Ling urged the Sarawak government and relevant parties to look into this especially with the Chinese New Year approaching.

The issue mostly affected Ulu Sungai Merah, Tanjung Kunyit, Sungai Lebaan as well as remote areas. In the 15th General Election, Ling, from DAP, successfully retained the Sibu parliamentary seat for a third time after defeating Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) heavyweight Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh and Gabungan Parti Sarawak’s (GPS) Clarence Ting. Ling, who garnered 31,287 votes, recorded a comfortable majority of 7,760 votes. Ting and Wong polled 23,527 votes and 11,128 votes, respectively.

The Sibu seat recorded a voter turnout of 63.67%.

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