Sabah Water Dept investigates ‘acts sabotage in Sepanggar Water Supply System’

KOTA KINABALU – Acts of water theft and sabotage are the main causes of the water shortage in Sepanggar – one of the most affected areas in Sabah – says Datuk Shehelmey Yahya.

The Deputy Minister III stated that the efforts of the Sabah Water Department in supplying treated water have been undermined frequently by illegal squatters who are constantly tapping its main transmission lines.

He told reporters that he had recently discovered that some valves were tampered with.

When asked to elaborate who was sabotaging water supply, he replied: “We are looking into this matter. No ordinary person can just tamper the valve.”

He added that these actions are the main cause of the constant water supply interruptions in Sepanggar.

Shahelmey said, “We are working very hard to stabilize the water supply in this area and to ensure that the local people receive enough water.”

He made this statement during the peaceful demonstration by Universiti Malaysia Sabah students (UMS) outside Menara Kinabalu. This is the state administrative building that houses the office of Chief Minister Datuk seri Hajiji.

Students, community members and NGOs joined the students in demanding that the state government resolve the water shortage problem plaguing not only their campus here in Likas but also other parts of Sabah.

Shahelmey stated that the government is currently implementing projects to provide water across the state, such as the construction of a dam on the east coast districts, such as Tawau.

The water supply has been restored in Sandakan.

“It does not mean (for example) that when we discuss these projects today they will all be ready by tomorrow.

Shahelmey stated that “they need a reasonable time frame to complete the project, but we also need the help of all parties involved including the officials from the water department as well as people.”

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