KUCHING (Nov 23): The Ministry of Utilities and Telecommunications should consider revamping the water supply system in Sibu, including Sibujaya, said Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing (GPS-Dudong).
He said after meetings with the Sibu Water Board where he was shown the current system, the current design was based on older designs which had many flaws.
“Even some of the officers admitted this to me. In your opinion, this is what was suggested. However, for what reason they did not consider this, we do not know.
“If this issue is not resolved, the grassroots will certainly raise their voices even more and accuse the government of not taking care of the low-income group.
“That’s why I would like to appeal that we must not drag this issue out any further. We need to come out with some instructions to resolve the issue,” he said while debating the state budget 2024 in the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) meeting here today.
Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Tiong said people were concerned about the unacceptable water supply situation in a densely populated area like Sibujaya.
“For many years water pressure has been low and it is not possible to maintain sufficient water pressure, especially during peak periods when everyone is at home.
“Terraced houses are also suffering from low water pressure in the Sibujaya area, even during the day,” he said, adding that residents of shop properties have also highlighted their plight of having to pipe water up and down the stairs to do so.
He thanked Minister of Utilities and Telecommunications Dato Sri Julaihi Narawi for improving the Sibujaya water supply system last year.
“Unfortunately it’s not enough. There are still apartments where they have to carry water from the ground floor to the fourth floor every evening so their children can shower and cook.
“When they shower, they would have to ration the bucket and only use half. Some of them are even forced to save money to install electric pumps to move water from the ground floor to the top floor.
“This also increases the additional electricity costs for residents. How can we not understand the unhappiness and dissatisfaction here?” he asked.