BAU: The RM140 million water supply projects funded by the Sarawak government for Bau District will increase the water capacity to 40 million litres daily (MLD) and benefit a population of 64,000 people when completed by end of next year.
Tasik Biru assemblyman Dato Henry Harry Jinep said the people in Bau District are happy that the Sarawak government is funding the projects to solve the water supply problems affecting them after the earlier-announced project was cancelled by the Pakatan Harapan federal government.
According to Henry, the federal government cancelled RM129 million worth of projects already agreed by the previous administration in 2017.
“We requested for the RM129 million water supply projects from the previous government which was agreed, but were cancelled by the current federal government.
“Now, we can see pipes being laid, the work is on-going. There are nine contracts under Rural Water Supply Department (JBALB) being awarded to upgrade water supply in Bau District.
“By end of 2020, Bau District will have sufficient clean treated water for every household,” he told reporters here yesterday.
Henry, who recently celebrated his first three years as Tasik Biru assemblyman, said getting the water issue solved would be a landmark of sorts in his service for the people.
He said the allocation of RM140 million was derived from the RM2.8 billion allocated statewide by the Sarawak government under the Sarawak Water Supply Grid Programme – Stressed Areas by end of 2020
“Once completed, the water will not be just for household use but also for use by industries to be sited at the Bau Industrial Estate. Investors will come in when there are basic infrastructure such as roads, electricity and water,” he said.
He added that in his three years as an elected representative, there are already many things in progress in Bau such as the construction of two new bridges at a cost of about RM14 million, the construction of RM8 million Bau Sports Arena, and a plan to build Bau Gold Museum and Park.
He was also happy to note that since becoming the assemblyman in May 2016, he has been able to assist the people, including working with the government to solve the people’s native customary rights (NCR) land issues as well as implementing projects to improve their socio-economy.
He expressed his appreciation to Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, and believed that Sarawak was in good hands under his leadership and Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government.
On another matter, Henry said the just concluded State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting was a ‘beautiful one’, whereby issues raised by him were answered by the ministers and assistant ministers concerned.
These included the request for a regional agency to accelerate development in the Bidayuh belt stretching from Lundu to Tebedu. Sarawak Land Development Board (SLDB) will be given the task to play the role of that regional agency.
“We will sit down and follow up with SLDB on how they are going to bring in development to the belt which is also known as durian belt due to to its soil suitability for the crop,” he said.
He also said he would follow up with SLDB on plans to set up crop collection centre and agro park for Bau.
Henry also hoped that ‘friends’ in Pakatan Harapan would help pursue the realisation of Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) complex in Serikin to better control the movement of vehicular traffic, people and goods coming from Kalimantan Indonesia, and to enhance border security.