KOTA KINABALU: Some 20,000 islanders of Pulau Bum Bum off Semporna in the east coast of Sabah have begun to enjoy clean water supply.
Thanks to an RM12mil rural water project implemented by the Rural and Regional Ministry, the islanders will now receive piped water supply to meet their daily needs instead of relying on rainwater and water supplies from the mainland.
Its minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Shamsuddin told reporters here on Monday that a piped water supply from the mainland was capable of channelling 600,000 litres of water that could be stored in three tanks.
He said the ministry had handed over the project to the Sabah Water Department which would now ensure that the water is supplied to individual houses on the island where the government is also planning to build a bridge from the mainland in Semporna.
Aziz, who met with Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman to brief him on the ongoing RM154mil integrated development project in northern Pulau Banggi, said the state government was confident that the project would overcome the problem of a high number of hardcore poor people on the island situated off the coast of Kudat town.
He said the Pulau Banggi project involving the opening up of rubber estates in area of 4,500ha was being undertaken by Felcra under the first phase that included building roads, rural electric supply and water projects on the island with about 10,000 people.