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Govt strives to find long-term solution for Sebuyau water woes, assures CM
Posted on : 03 Nov 2017  Source of News: The Borneo Post

Govt strives to find long-term solution for Sebuyau water woes, assures CM

November 3, 2017, Friday


Abang Johari tries his hands at operating the excavator to mark the earth-breaking for the Sebuyau New Township project. Seen from right are Naroden, Awang Tengah and Julaihi.

SEBUYAU: The government is still looking for a viable long term-solution to the water problem affecting the people here.

In stating this, Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the state government acknowledged the situation.

“The government acknowledges that the people here (in Sebuyau) are facing a water problem – so the government has decided to study (on coming up with) a long-term solution to address it,” he told reporters yesterday, adding that the study would also cover other areas like Simunjan.

Earlier, the chief minister officiated at the earth-breaking ceremony for the Sebuyau New Township development.

Adding on, Abang Johari pointed out that one aspect of the study would include the channelling of water from either Bengoh or Batang Ai dams.

“Should these dams are unable to meet the demand, we may build a water reservoir in Sebuyau.”

Abang Johari said while such project would be costly, he pointed out that the government would strive to find a ‘correct financial model’.

According to him, this sub-distcrict needs a proper clean water supply system because the area is intruded with saltwater.

On another subject, Abang Johari said RM10 million had been approved for a chalet project here, pointing out that this would greatly benefit Sebuyau in terms of tourism.

“This chalet (project) will also help those wanting to invest in Sebuyau, and I hope that the project would commence as soon as possible.

“Sebuyau has good tourism potential – there are people who want to invest (here). So the project (chalet) will help the development of the area (Sebuyau) greatly,” he said.

Earlier at the event, Abang Johari approved RM6 milllion for Phase III works on the new mosque here. It is learnt that Phase I and II of the project cost RM40.6 million.

On the new township, the chief minister pointed out that the government would continue with this development, which was mooted by Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud back during his tenure as the state’s fourth chief minister.

Abang Johari also pointed out that Sebuyau New Township would mark a new era for this sub-district.

“The development of this new township began with Pehin Sri Taib, continued by Pehin Sri Adenan Satem and now, it’s under me – so the development will continue,” he assured the local folk.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, Assistant Minister of Coastal Road Datuk Julaihi Narawi

who is also Sebuyau assemblyman, Asistant Minister of E-Commerce Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais and Simunjan assemblyman Awla Dris were present.