Sewage in the sea: Likas rep says efforts being made to solve issue


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 20 Feb 2019

KOTA KINABALU: The public is concerned over a sewage spill flowing into the sea in Likas Bay near here.

Videos and photos have been circulating on social media, showing a dark-coloured substance flowing in drains leading to the open sea.

Social users are calling on the authorities to look into the matter, as it is not only causing a stench, but could also lead to pollution that affects marine life.

The area is popular with small-time fishermen as well as families who come for walks along the beach.

Likas assemblyman Tan Lee Fatt said efforts were being made to address not only sewage pollution in Likas Bay, but related matters in the constituency as well.

He said the problem was not new and had been troubling them since taking over the government following the 14th General Election last May.

He said the Likas Community Development Leader Unit (UPPM) office deals with a lot of matters ranging from sewage problems, potholes, broken and dirty drains, malfunctioning streetlights, welfare and People’s Housing Project applications, among others.

Tan said that last year, State Infrastructure Development Minister Datuk Peter Anthony announced the termination of a contractor assigned to repair the sewage pipeline from Likas Bay to Inanam not far from here.

“He also announced plans to replace the 10km sewage pipeline from Likas Bay to the Sewage Treatment Plant in Inanam, which is expected to cost more than RM20mil as a long-term solution to end the leakage problem,” he said.

Acknowledging that the matter is causing pollution and health issues, he urged the public not to fish or swim near the area until things were back to normal.

 

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