Deputy CM denounces rumours of broken dam

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  • Wednesday, 28 Jan 2004

KUCHING: Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan Hong Nam lashed out at those who spread rumours that a dam had broken and water supply to the city would be cut off. 

He said the rumour-mongers only wanted to boost sales of their bottled mineral water. 

“There is no dam in Kuching and l believe this is a naughty thing done for commercial reasons,” he said at the state flood operations room here. 

The Kuching Water Board had, in a press statement on Monday afternoon, said the water production at the Batu Kitang treatment plant near here had to be significantly reduced due to floods at the raw water intake points. 

Therefore, consumers, particularly those living on higher ground, would experience low water pressure or supply interruptions. 

As rumours spread about water shortage, there was a rush at several supermarkets here for bottled mineral water. 

Dr Chan, who is also state Finance and Public Utilities Minister, said he was told by the water board that supply in the city had returned to normal.  

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