Steps taken to resolve water, power issues by Sabah govt, says Hajiji

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KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government has taken several measures to resolve perennial infrastructure issues since coming into power in September 2020, says the Chief Minister.

Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor said the government was aware that water, electricity and housing were among the main issues troubling Sabahans.

He said the government launched the Sabah Energy Roadmap and Master Plan 2040 in September.

“The growing demand for electricity supply can now be addressed by expediting hydropower production.

“Renewable energy sources such as solar, biomass and biogas will complete the power generation capacity in Sabah,” he said during a state and federal civil service gathering on Monday (March 4).

Hajiji said the Ulu Padas hydroelectric project in the interior Tenom district is scheduled for completion in 2029.

He added that the plant was expected to produce some 6,000 million litres of water daily (MLD) for consumption.

Hajiji said water production at the Telibong 1 and 2 treatment plants has been improved to 160 MLD from 130 MLD.

This water would be supplied to areas north of the state capital, including the Kota Kinabalu Industrial Park (KKIP), Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) and the Tuaran district, some 40km from here.

For people in south-western Sabah, he said a RM385mil project is expected to increase production at the Kogopon treatment plant to 80 MLD.

The areas covered by this plant are Papar, Kimanis and parts of southern Kota Kinabalu.

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