Viral rumour on water pipe repair work not true, says JKR

Lyna Mohamad

Following a message that went viral on social networks recently regarding the repairing of a water pipe that will take one to two weeks, the Public Works Department (JKR) at the Ministry of Development (MoD) through its press statement clarified that the information is not true.

Members of the public are advised not to disseminate fake information and reminded that spreading of unconfirmed sources, particularly fake information created by individuals who wish to cause confusion, is an offence and can be reported under the Public Order Act Chapter 148.

Under this act, any individuals who through verbal or writing or in whatever methods spread wrong information or statement that could cause public concern, are liable to a penalty of three years’ imprisonment and a fine of BND3,000.

The JKR also informed the public, particularly those in the affected areas in Kampong Perpindahan Lambak Kanan, Kampong Perumahan Meragang, Kampong Tanah Jambu, Kampong Salambigar and the Royal Brunei Armed Forces (RBAF) Defence Academy that repair works on the main water pipe in the Muara-Tutong Highway (near the KM52.7 sign) have been completed.

However, works on tracing the pipe leakage are still being carried out as the water supply to the affected areas has not fully recovered.

The JKR has allocated several stand pipes and blue water tanks at several areas in Kampong Perpindahan Lambak Kanan to reduce the disruption of water supply – at Jalan 49, Jalan 64, Jalan 11, the police post near the Jalan 77 Community Hall, next to the Department of Co-Curriculum Education, near the Simpang of Lambak Kanan Mosque, near Dato Marsal Primary School, Simpang 262 at Jalan 10 Utara, and Jalan Madang near Simpang 46.

In the RPN Kampong Meragang area, the allocated sites are at RPN Meragang Recreational Park, Simpang 107, 119 and 120 of Jalan Wasai Limuru.

The JKR also called on public cooperation to conserve water and to call the Darussalam line 123 for supply of clean water through tankers or any complaints related to supply of clean water. The department apologised on the matter and thanked the public for their patience and understanding.