UMS should talk to its student representatives about water problems

KOTA KINABALU – Universiti Malaysia Sabah has been urged by its Student Representative Council (SRC) to work with it to address concerns of the SRC and to provide accurate information about the water problems.

Datuk Mustapha Sakmud, Deputy Minister of Higher Education, said that by using such methods and involving government officials, as well as communicating transparently with students, they could reduce the impact on the students and meet their needs.

After inspecting water problems in UMS, he said that this issue was being addressed through increased supplies from the department of water and the implementation of tube wells inside the university complex.

Since January of this year, UMS receives an average of 3 million litres per day from the Sabah Water Department.

Mustapha stated that the water supply is increasing steadily to meet the demands from 2.9

In March, the minimum liquid discharge (MLD), increased to three MLD by April and reached three MLD at the end of last month.

Nine tube wells were built by the Higher Education Ministry and Prime Minister to provide water to the residential colleges of students. This could provide up a million litres per day to reduce the impact of any water interruptions at UMS.

He said that the tube wells were fully operational and would provide a reliable water supply to the students. This was in response to the claims that UMS had no water at all.

UMS’s water consumption remains high despite the improvements. It ranges between 3 and 5 MLD. This is needed to support a population of approximately 20,000 people, including 16,000 student.

The Higher Education Director-General Prof Dr Azlinda Azman, UMS Vice-Chancellor (Students Affairs and Alumni) Associate Prof. Dr Raman Noordin and other officers from both the Ministry and UMS were also present.

Social media has been awash with allegations that the UMS water department did not send supplies, causing students to go days without water.

The peaceful protest #KamiMahuAir, (#WeWantWater), will take place in front of Menara Kinabalu’s Chief Minister’s Office on Friday, June 14.

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