MARUDU, 28 AUGUST 1997
: SOLVE KOTA MARUDU PERENNIAL WATER WOES
MARUDU, Thurs. - Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) today urged the
State government to honour its promise to resolve the perennial
problem of water shortage in Kota Marudu which has adversely
affected business and caused severe hardships to the people
in the district.
Assemblyman, Dr Maximus Ongkili, said various BN leaders in
the past had repeatedly given the undertaking to solve the Kota
Marudu water woes once for all but until now literally nothing
has been done to improve the situation.
was speaking to PBS Tandek divisional leaders after chairing
its monthly meeting this morning.
Ongkili said he conducted a surprise visit to the water departmentís
pumping station in Kampung Simpangan on Tuesday to find out
the real reasons why water disruption and shortage had continued
to plague the Kota Marudu district.
the present governmentís reign, there have been four successive
ministers in charge of water supply in Sabah with one of them
occupying the post twice. All of them have given assurances
to resolve the Kota Marudu water problem when questioned in
the legislative assembly.
such assurances, the situation is worsening due to the increasing
number of water users in the district. At the same time, supply
continues to diminish because of pipe leakages and decreasing
river water caused by disturbance to water catchment areas",
PBS deputy president observed that the basic problem with the
Kota Marudu water supply was the inadequate production capacity
to cope with water demand in the district.
existing production facilities are outdated. They were first
built in the 1970s with mere capacity of 500,000 gallons per
day (GPD) and was later upgraded by the PBS government to the
present production capacity of 1.4 million GPD. The current
water requirement of the district is about 1.8 million GPD,
therefore causing a supply deficit of 400,000 GPD", he said.
Ongkili noted that for years shopkeepers in Pekan Kota Marudu
could not get water beyond the ground floor of their premises
and even normal supply was often disrupted sometimes for days
thereby adversely affecting business and investments in the
situation in Pekan Tandek is worse, where pipes are dry for
most of the time and shopkeepers and nearby schools have to
buy water from private suppliers. The situation is really pathetic
and most disappointing especially in light of the promises of
Sabah Baru that, among others, was to supply the State with
80% piped water by the year 2000", he stressed.
to Dr. Ongkili, the government announced while responding to
his question in the State assembly last year that some RM2 million
had been allocated to upgrade the districtís water station to
cope with the supply shortage but until now nothing has been
understand the money has now been diverted to undertake a consultantís
study on the proposed Bandau Bunded Water Storage Project, the
location of which is still unknown until today. This project
would surely involve huge costs and take many years to materialise.
the water shortage problem in the district will continue to
get worse because nothing concrete is being done to solve the
immediate supply problem. What is needed is immediate fund to
increase the existing production capacity to cope with present
water demand", he said.
Ongkili alleged that part of the water shortage problem was
also due to poor management of the existing water infrastructure,
adding that "there has been very poor forward planning thereby
compounding the seriousness of the problem".
urged the State government to prove its sincerity and financial
capacity to the people of Kota Marudu by resolving the immediate
problem of water shortage in the district.