KIMANIS, Jan 13 (Bernama) -- Infrastructure problems such as shortage of water and electricity supply, and inefficient roads faced by Sabahans today are the doing of UMNO and Barisan Nasional (BN) during their tenure as the government, said state Infrastructure Development Minister Datuk Peter Anthony.
He said although UMNO and BN had governed Sabah for a long time, they failed to bring prosperity to all the people of the state as there were still many basic amenities that were not properly developed.
Citing the Beaufort water problem as an example, Peter said after playing a role in the state's infrastructure development, he discovered that not much had been done by the previous government in improving the water supply service, causing the people in the district to experience the same problem until now.
However, he said the state government led by Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) would remain committed in solving the water problem in Beaufort as well as nearby areas through the Papar Dam construction project, which was approved in 2018.
"The construction of the dam is to ensure that the water problem would be overcome, apart from providing water supply to the people of Kimanis, Beaufort, Kinarut and around Kota Kinabalu. These are our efforts, something never done by UMNO and BN," he told reporters after a meet-the-people programme in Kampung Gadong here today.
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Besides the water issue, Peter said his ministry is also committed to bringing changes to the district through several plans that have been approved before this, including the upgrading of roads as well as the construction of a bridge in Kampung Muhang, Kota Marudu.
"The construction of the bridge is important in improving the mobility of the villagers, even when the level of the nearby river surges due to heavy rain," he said.
He said currently the village has a "low-level crossing" bridge but it is not accessible to pedestrians and vehicles during rainy season and floods.
"This is the true situation. It is not that the government is not concerned about building a bridge there. The plan is already there," he said.
Peter was commenting on media reports on Saturday about a group of students, accompanied by their parents, crossing a swift-flowing river using a gravity water pipe to go to school.
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"The Public Works Department is planning to build the bridge next to the existing bridge so that the problem would not crop up again. The construction of the bridge is expected to be completed this year," he said.
He said his ministry is also well aware that the Sabah railway service needed a revamp due to poor quality of the public transportation.
The ministry, he added, is also planning to establish railway routes for Kota Kinabalu-Kudat and Kudat-Tawau-Sandakan, besides Tenom-Halogilat-Beaufort-Kota Kinabalu.
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