Sarawak needs RM100m


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 12 Aug 2003

BY STEPHEN THEN

MIRI: Sarawak is appealing for RM100mil in financial assistance from the Federal Government to help meet the cost of extending treated piped water supply to the native communities in the interior areas. 

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam said the amount was needed to set up treatment plants and infrastructure facilities in these difficult-to-reach areas. 

“We want to ensure that 100% of our population can enjoy treated water. At present, we have managed to supply treated water to only about 60% of the rural people via the various treatment plants in the different divisions. 

“In this respect, we are still way behind the states in Peninsular Malaysia. In fact, Sabah is also facing similar problems in extending treated water supply to its rural population,” he said in an interview. 

Dr Chan, who is also state Finance, Public Utilities and Industrial Development Minister, said the Federal Government provided annual grants to help meet the cost of the state’s rural water supply projects. 

However, Sarawak required a bigger and more constant financial support because of the logistic problems which had to be overcome due to the vastness of the state’s interior and the complex geographical set up, he said. 

Dr Chan also said that about 80% of the people had access to “untreated but drinkable water.”  

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