Water woes: Jabu not telling the truth, claims PKR Betong


KUCHING: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) has criticised Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu for his recent remark that there were no water woes in Betong.

PKR Betong chief Vernon Kedit claimed a check with the local Public Works Department office revealed that many villages and longhouses, some located right in the heart of Betong town, had complained of dry taps regularly.

Among the hard hit areas, he pointed out, were Kampung Melayu Hulu, Kampung Melayu Tengah, Kampung Melayu Hilir, Kampung Masjid Betong, and Iban longhouses situated within the 10km radius from the town centre, such as those in Saka, Ngelutong, Tansang, Tembawai Bawai Lubok, Remabong, Penurin and Pematoh.

“It was reported in the news, aired at 4pm Thursday, that Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu was reported as saying that there were no water shortages in Betong.

“Hari Raya is a few days away, yet Jabu, who is also the local assemblyman (Layar) announced there is no water shortages. What gain does he make to hoodwink the people?” he told a press conference at PKR Stampin branch office here yesterday.

Vernon added that water supply interruption had dragged on since the Gawai celebration. Many areas were hit with intermittent supply of treated water. One of the reasons, he claimed, was the old six-inch diameter pipes that could not cope with the water pressure.

Other regularly hit areas include longhouses in Entanak and Lempaong, which is a stone throw away from the Betong new township and government complex, he said.

“I’m not blaming the Public Works Department (PWD) on this matter, but Jabu, who is not telling the truth. The department is doing their best to help the people. I thank the PWD for delivering water to the people.

Vernon urged Jabu to look after his constituents better.