KOTA KINABALU: The special task force formed by the State Water Department less than two weeks ago succeeded in addressing water woes in Sepanggar and Menggatal areas, declares Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor (pic).
According to the Sabah Chief Minister, who ordered the setting up of the task force, the matter was a welcome development in view of Ramadan.
He said this after visiting the Universiti Apartment 1 booster pump station on Wednesday (Apr 21).
On April 12, Hajiji made the directive to expedite the solution for water problems, which grew worse in February, affecting thousands of consumers in residential areas in Sepanggar, as well as Universiti Malaysia Sabah, and Hospital Likas.
Among the steps taken by the task force include sending water tankers to the affected areas as a short-term measure, while medium term measures include checking the water distribution system valves in Sepanggar and in the neighbouring Tuaran district.
Hajiji said the long-term measure is seeing the completion of phase 2 of the Telibong water treatment plant, in addition to a new water treatment plant with a capacity of 10 million litres a day to address supply shortage in northern Kota Kinabalu.
However, he urged the Water Department to find a long-term solution to the water problem, not just for Sepanggar, but the whole of Sabah.
Hajiji said strategic and drastic approaches must be identified to ensure interruption-free water supply for the welfare of the people, and also because clean water supply is one of the criteria for investors wishing to come to the state.
Meanwhile, on the salary issues of the University College Sabah Foundation (UCSF), where staff salaries have been cut to half since last September due to the low intake of students, Hajiji said the state government has taken note of the matter, and a meeting with Yayasan Sabah director and the UCSF management will be called.
“We will take everything into consideration, ” he said.
On the issue of state-owned Sabah Forest Industries (SFI) workers not getting their pay since February, Hajiji gave the assurance that their salary woes would be resolved by this month. Ends.