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Rubbish being thrown into Sandakan home toilet bowls
Published on: Monday, May 06, 2024
By: Winnie Kasmir
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Rubbish being thrown into Sandakan home toilet bowls
The blocked sewerage system in Taman Mawar.
SANDAKAN: Karamunting Assemblyman, Datuk George Hiew, called on residents not to throw rubbish into the toilet bowl at home.

His advice came in the wake of the blocked sewerage system in Taman Mawar which caused sewage to flow out to around 15 houses in the housing estate last Monday.

The bathrooms and toilets in the affected houses could not be used because sewage waste came out of the toilet bowl.

“The problem is so serious that the houses in the area smell bad. This is very worrying because it not only affects the daily life of the people here, but also their health,” he said.

According to George, the Karamunting Assemblyman Task Force reported the problem to the Sabah Sewerage Services Department (JPPS).

JPPS staff had checked the problem last Tuesday and found it was due to non-biodegradable rubbish such as clothes and disposable diapers thrown into the toilet bowl.

JPPS staff resolved the problem on the same day. George said this showed the lack of awareness among local residents about the importance of taking care of the sewage system in their homes.

“I raised the sewage problem in Karamunting during the recent Sabah Legislative Assembly session.

“According to the Sabah Assistant Minister of Public Works, most cases of blocked sewers in the Sandakan district are recurring cases.

The cause is because the sewers are clogged with rubbish and grease.

He said residents in the Sandakan district can channel complaints to the JPPS via 013-3195577 if they are faced with the problem.

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