RM47 million allocation to solve water woes in Sibuti — Abg Johari

Posted on : 08 Jul 2018  Source of News: The Borneo Post Online

Abang Johari (fourth left) holds the lemang in a gimmick to officiate at the event. Also seen are (from left) Ripin, Rosey, Juma’ani, Abdul Karim and Lukanisman.

MIRI: Water woes in Sibuti parliamentary constituency will soon be a thing of the past when a project costing RM47 million to supply treated water to several villages is completed.

“A RM47 million allocation has been approved to resolve water woes in Sibuti, including areas in Niah and Bekenu so that people will have uninterrupted water supply,” said Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg when officiating at a ‘Berlanggar Meja and Ramah Mesra Aidilfitri 2018’ at Sepupok Niah Community Hall here yesterday.

Abang Johari disclosed the project will be fully funded by the Sarawak government.

“I hope in the next two years, this (water) problem can be fully resolved. The allocation will be handed out immediately this year to allow the Rural Water Supply Department (JBALB) to work on designing the required water pipes throughout Sibuti,” he added.

Abang Johari revealed that the new piping system will channel water supply directly from Northern Region Water Board (Laku) water treatment plant in Lambir, Miri to Sibuti.

“This is to ensure the (water) pressure remains strong and can be connected to houses and villages around Sibuti,” said Abang Johari, adding that the project will assist in the development of infrastructure in the northern region of Sarawak.

Other projects in the pipeline for Sibuti included the Niah Waterfront and upgrading of markets. Abang Johari said more details will be revealed soon after thorough discussion with relevant parties, but nevertheless, he assured the constituents that all will surely be implemented.

Abang Johari also pledged his commitment towards infrastructure development in Niah.

He pointed out that Niah is well known around the world for its Niah Caves. He regarded it as “a very attractive tourism pull which plays an important part on the birth of human civilisation (in Southeast Asia)”.

Therefore, Abang Johari said he had suggested to Minister of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah to promote Niah to the world including by  upgrading infrastructures in the area.

“I told him (Abdul Karim) if it is necessary to make provisions for the upgrading of this cave, then the Sarawak government is ready to provide a special provision for upgrading what is presently available at Niah Caves so that there is connectivity between Niah and the tourism industry that we are maximising.

“This will have an impact on the overall development of Niah and of course, if this happens, there are more infrastructures that are needed especially on water supply,” he said.

Also present were Abang Johari’s wife Datin Patinggi Dato Juma’ani Tuanku Bujang, Abdul Karim, Assistant Minister of Women, Family and Childhood Development Rosey Yunus, Sibuti MP Lukanisman Awang Sauni, Lambir assemblyman Ripin Lamat and Miri Resident Sherrina Hussaini.