KOTA KINABALU: Sabah will not increase its water tariffs, says Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.
He said that the focus of the government was to ensure that more rural villagers were supplied with treated water.
"There is no point increasing water tariffs when many areas still do not get proper supply of treated water," he said after attending a Christmas and New Year gathering in Kota Belud organised by Kadamaian assemblyman Datuk Ewon Benedick, who is also state Rural Development Minister.
"The Water Department is focusing on providing proper treated water supplies," he told reporters after the function on Thursday.
He said that it was important for proper management of water resources to include ensuring a reduction in non-revenue water, among others.
"Since we restructured the Water Department, we have seen an increase in revenue," he said, referring to the a scandal involving the Department that saw top officials charged two years ago for money-laundering after graft investigators found more the RM50mil cash in their homes and offices.
On road maintenance issues, Shafie said he had directed the state Public Works Department (PWD) to carry out a detailed study on damaged roads and the cause for the damages that costs millions of ringgit annually to maintain.
"The problem is prolonged and bad road conditions have become the cause of accidents," he said, adding that steps should taken to carry out proper maintenance to ensure such repairs are done speedily.
He also said PWD could carry out the maintenance work and may not need the services of private companies which are currently being given the jobs.