Harden rubbishes DAP’s claims

A booster pump house is being constructed in the Batu Lintang, Undop area.

SIMANGGANG: Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sri Aman chairman Leon Jimat Donald’s allegation that the Sarawak government does not have long-term plans for the supply of treated water to Batu Lintang, Undop, has been slammed as baseless.

On Sunday (July 19), Leon claimed that residents in Simanggang raised their concerns over the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government’s commitment to upgrading the water supply system.

He pointed out that there seemed to be no long-term plans for the supply of clean water to the people in these areas, although the chief minister had announced billions of ringgit in projects for Sarawakians.

Responding to such claims, Simanggang assemblyman Datuk Francis Harden Hollis said that the allegations were very inaccurate and showed that he (Leon) was not being attentive to the developments being implemented.

“This is the attitude of the opposition (people) who issued statements without checking the facts. They are looking for cheap publicity.  It clearly shows they are not following the developments in the said area.

Harden clarified that the state government had already approved RM42 million for the project through the Rural Development Ministry.

“Once the project is completed, it will benefit a total of 34 longhouses in Ulu Paku and Batu Lintang, Undop that have yet to receive treated water supply.

“The project under the Rural Water Supply Department began on May 27, 2019 and is expected to be completed on November 26 this year.

“However, there was a delay in the construction when the project was put on hold due to the recent movement control order (MCO),” he said in a statement.

According to Harden, the implementation of infrastructure development projects in the Simanggang constituency are geared towards the addition and upgrading of existing facilities as and when the needs arise.

“We are very grateful to the GPS government under the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg for prioritising the developments that the people really need while continuing to safeguard the interests of Sarawak,” he added.