Hajiji: Steps taken to resolve key Sabah issues

KOTA KINABALU: Since taking office in September 2020, the current Sabah government has implemented various initiatives to address the state’s longstanding issues, says Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor.

The Chief Minister said the state government was aware that water, power and housing were primary concerns for Sabahans and launched the Sabah Energy Roadmap and Master Plan 2040 last September to tackle these challenges.

“This includes transitioning from non-renewable resources like natural gas to harnessing Sabah’s river networks for energy production,” he said during a state and federal civil service gathering here yesterday.

The Ulu Padas hydroelectric project in Tenom, set for completion in 2029, is key to enhancing the electricity supply and ensuring a stable power grid in Sabah.

“The project will be a game changer for Sabah,” Hajiji said.

Additionally, he added, improvements to water production at Telibong water treatment plants 1 and 2 have increased capacity to 160 million litres per day (MLD). It would be supplied to areas north of the state capital.

The Chief Minister said people in southwestern Sabah were also not forgotten, with a project costing RM385mil expected to increase production at the Kogopon water treatment plant to 80 MLD.

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