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RM320 million insufficient, says Bung
Published on: Thursday, December 07, 2023
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RM320 million insufficient, says Bung
Bung hopes the long-term plan is started now because the people have been waiting a long time.
Kota Kinabalu: The State Government must prepare short and long term plans to guarantee that Sabahans will no longer face clean water supply problems, said Barisan Nasional (BN) Sabah Chairman Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin.

The Lamag Assemblyman said the RM320 million promised by from the Federal Government for this purpose was insufficient.

There was also a dispute whether the allocation was a loan or grant and whether it had already been disbursed to the state or just a promise. 

“Water supply issues occur in almost all districts, the RM320m is not able to overcome the problem,” he said, on State Works Minister Datuk Ir Shahelmey Yahya’s response to the issue he raised at the just-concluded State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting.

The Kinabatangan MP said this issue haunts the lives of people, not just in Kota Kinabalu but all over the State.

“Both the Federal and State Governments should be fair in providing basic utilities efficiently and continuously because the people have the right to clean water supply,” he said.

Bung, who is also Sabah Umno Chairman, hopes the long-term plan is started now because the people have been waiting a long time.

He said although the Chief Minister had assured that the water problem would be resolved in the next three years, it is not easy based on the requirements and provisions provided. 

“Old pipes need to be replaced, water treatment plants upgraded as well as reservoir ponds built and find new water sources,” he said.

Bung also said the Government needs to continue the construction of the Kaiduan Dam in Papar as a new source to ensure sufficient supply for the future.

“All this requires careful planning and the implementation needs to be expedited by submitting an application for allocation from the Federal Government because it involves high cost,” explained Bung.

Commenting on the 2024 Budget that was presented recently out of a total of RM5.701 billion, RM4.751 billion is allocated for operating expenses at a rate of 83 per cent and only approximately 17 per cent is allocated for development.

“If you look at the budget, it hinders efforts to provide development infrastructure in the State, not only  clean water but also roads and electricity supply.”

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