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PAS wants Pulau Gaya water fiasco probed
Published on: Friday, November 17, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) Sabah called for investigations into the neglected water project in Pulau Gaya.

Sabah PAS Pemuda Chief Zulzaim Hilmee Abidin said the Gaya Island Rural Water Reticulation System project which was supposed to provide water supply to almost 2,441 houses on the island is questionable.

"It involves 15,000 residents on the island who have yet to receive proper water supply services," he said in a statement here, Thursday.

He said an allocation of RM93 million for the project should have resolved the water problem on the island since 2013.

"It seems the government is not taking this seriously. To date, water supply is not channelled to the Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) office on the island, schools and Gayana Resort.

"Residents have to buy water at RM7 per gallon and RM50 per tank. Their standard of living is very difficult, let alone the population of the island the majority are Muslims. In fact, the island is represented by a Barisan Nasional's Putatan Member of Parliament.

"At this modern age, is it fair for them to buy gallons of water in the suburbs of Kota Kinabalu?

This is the reality, that the people of Gaya Island have been neglected from the reality of development, which is to have most basic facilities at least.

"Even though there are blue tanks placed in several villages, they are simply wayang (show).

Because there is no pipe connection installed to supply water for daily use of villagers.

"We therefore call for investigations to be done on the neglected project which is considered a large scale project," he said, adding that they are consistent in defending the rights of those oppressed regardless of racial and religious factors.

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