TANJUNG MANIS (Bernama) – A study was conducted to identify suitable areas for extracting underground water in Sarawak especially in the coastal areas, said Malaysian Works Minister Baru Bian.
He said that the study was conducted by the private sector, and was part of the Sarawak Parti Keadilan’s efforts to upgrade the quality of life of residents in those areas, including the Belawai district, that have long been plagued by water supply problems.
“This study has been conducted and we will take note on the recommendations so that we can present them to the Cabinet,” he told reporters.
He was met after attending the joint celebrations of Aidilfitri Open House and the Gawai Dayak of Sarawak Bumiputera Contractor Association (PKBM) President Datuk Seri Abang Aditajaya Abang Alwi yesterday.
Baru was asked about the water supply problems faced by residents in the Belawai district although the pipes for the distribution of water supply from Sibu to the area have already been completed.
He said the state government’s failure to supply water project, costing almost RM1 billion, from Sungai Maaw in Sibu to Tanjung Manis was an unfortunate incident as the people did benefit from the amount spent.
According to the Auditor-General’s Report 2017, the failure of the project also affected the aquaculture project at the Tanjung Manis Halal hub where the Sarawak government invested up to RM1.14 billion.