Sabah gets RM320m to deploy short-term fix on water problem

Malay Mail
Malay Mail

KUALA LUMPUR, June 1 — Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor today said that the federal government has granted Sabah RM320 million to carry out short-term plans to solve the state’s recent water woes.

Hajiji, accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister III cum Works Minister Datuk Shahelmey Yahya and State Secretary Datuk Seri Sr Safar Untong, met with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in Putrajaya to discuss Sabah’s water supply problem.

Hajiji said the RM320 million aid was approved after a costing estimate was presented at the meeting.

"The short-term plans involve the implementation of six programmes encompassing 20 projects throughout the state including nine projects under district plans for Kota Kinabalu, Tuaran, Putatan, Papar, Beaufort, Keningau, Tawau, Lahad Datu and Sandakan,” said Hajiji in a statement.

Hajiji said the projects are expected to take six to 12 months to complete.

In the meeting, Anwar was also briefed on Sabah’s plans to address the water supply problem, at his office in Putrajaya here this morning.

The meeting was also attended by Economic Minister Rafizi Ramli, Natural Resources Environment and Climate Change Minister Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, Minister for Sabah, Sarawak Affairs and Special Functions Datuk Armizan Mohd Ali.