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Drought: Pledge on water supply
Published on: Sunday, February 25, 2024
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Drought: Pledge on water supply
At the moment, the water in reservoirs is enough to cater for three months, Shahelmey said. Nonetheless, if the situation reaches a critical level, cloud seeding might be activated.
Kota Kinabalu: The Water Department is ready to ensure that Sabah has sufficient water supply in the existing dams to face the drought that might last until the middle of this year, said Deputy Chief Minister III Datuk Shahelmey Yahya.

“I had a meeting with the Water Department three days ago, discussing the issue of water supply in the State and also the current hot weather that is hitting our country.

“Based on the briefing, the Water Department is ready to ensure that we have sufficient supply in dams and reservoirs,” said Shahelmey, who is also State Works Minister.

At the moment, the water in reservoirs is enough to cater for three months, he said.

Nonetheless, if the situation reaches a critical level, cloud seeding might be activated.

Met after officiating the State-level World Scout Founder’s Day Celebration 2024, Saturday, he also said water rationing might be imposed if the drought continues to prolong.

“Even now we are doing rationing, but this is due to the condition of our pipe distribution system,” he said, adding that consumers are advised to conserve water.

Commenting on the Sabah State Level World Scout Founder’s Day Celebration, Shahelmey said scouting is synonymous with youth development which fosters the spirit of volunteering, leadership, and community service of the youth to the community.

“I am very pleased to inaugurate the celebration of World Scout Founder’s Day at the Sabah State level this time,” he said while expressing his gratitude and congratulating to all Sabah scout leaders and members.

“May you continue to serve the community, state, country and even the world,” said Shahelmey.

Every Feb. 22, Scout members around the world celebrate Founder’s day or better known as Baden-Powell Day.

Scouts founder Lord Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell was born on Feb 22, 1857. He contributed a lot to non-formal education.

It serves as an opportunity for scouts around the world to commemorate Baden-Powell’s contribution to scouting and to reflect on the values, principles, and skills he instilled in the scouting movement.

The Malaysian Scout Federation Sabah Branch (PPMCS) took the initiative to hold the World Scout Founder’s Day celebration at the Sabah State Level on Feb 24 and 25 at B-P House here.

PPMCS this year would reach 111 years of its establishment and still remains relevant with the passage of time.

Chief Commissioner of Sabah Scouts Jamaludin @ Jamal Jinal said PPMCS continues to rejuvenate into a competitive Youth Movement.

At the beginning of 2023, PPMCS made several improvements and as a result of those improvements, the PPMCS Direction has been produced which contains 10 Main Strategies among which are Youth Engagement, Education Methods, Diversity and Inclusion, Social Impact, Communication and External Relations and Governance.

For 2024, PPMCS would try to design various activities and programmes that are fun and at the same time have a high impact for the youth, he said.

Also present were Sabah Scout Council president Datuk Yahamad Budin, Malaysian Scout Federation Sabah branch Chief Commissioner Jamal Jinal, his deputies Nourman Rayn Datuk Awang Zaini, Joseph Phillip Kulip and Sabah Scout Training Commissioner Makrin Haji Sudi.

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