Water concessionaires in Sabah told to have replacement parts in stock to avoid delay in repairs, says Bung Moktar


Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin - Filepic/The Star

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s water treatment plants are constantly faced with damaged and faulty pumps, resulting in ongoing water disruptions, says state Works Minister Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin.

The Lamag assemblyman said whenever these pumps break down, special orders have to be made where the replacements are custom made from overseas.

“These take about six months to reach us and that is why I have now ordered those in charge of water treatment plants and concessionaires to ready some stocks, so that when something breaks down, they can quickly replace it,” he said.

Bung was responding to a question during the state assembly meeting’s question and answer session on Wednesday (Dec 8).

Earlier, he was asked about the status of the water supply project for Tawau, which he said is expected to be completed by 2024.

He said this project under Phase III of the Tawau Water Supply Scheme for the construction of a dam, can provide residents in Tawau and its surrounding areas about four months worth of supply during dry seasons.

Bung said there were delays of over a year for the construction of the project due to Covid-19 and Land Ordinance matters.

For Sandakan, he said there is already a water treatment plant being constructed and expected to complete by March 2022.

Meanwhile, the state assembly also heard that GiatMara should just focus on education related developments and programmes, and leave matters like the people’s housing project (PPRT) to other authorities to handle.

Rural Development Minister Datuk Jahid Jahim said he agreed to this suggestion when asked by Kadamaian assemblyman Datuk Ewon Benedick, and that he will bring the matter on PPRT projects to the federal Rural Development ministry.

He said he will also work on getting funding for these projects here, allocated directly via the Sabah Rural Development ministry to make it easier for state officials to implement and respond to queries from applicants, while ensuring that the state has better control of the projects in ensuring an efficient delivery system.

Liawan assemblyman Datuk Anwar Ayuub @ Annuar Ayub who posted this question also said that GiatMara had failed to respond to their queries or even give any update on the applicants status for more than a year.
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