Abang Johari (centre) stresses a point during a press conference. Utilities Minister Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi is at right.

SEBUYAU: Residents here are constantly affected by saltwater intrusions and water shortage, said Assistant Minister of Infrastructure and Ports Development Datuk Julaihi Narawi.

He said saltwater intrusions had destroyed many plantations there.   

“Lack of water supply is also a problem,” Julaihi added in his speech during the launch of a water supply project for Samarahan Division at the Old Ferry Ramp in Seruyuk yesterday.

Julaihi, who is also Sebuyau assemblyman, said these issues had been brought to the attention of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

“He (Abang Johari) listened to all the complaints and worries at the grassroots level, and today, we witness him launching the State Water Grid from Kuching to Samarahan and then to Asajaya and Sadong Jaya.

“This shows that the state government is committed to solving the problems faced by the people here.”

Julaihi pointed out that with the water grid, the people would have uninterrupted water supply.

He added the problem of saltwater intrusions would be resolved by Integrated Regional Samarahan Development Agency (IRSDA) and that the state government would be building fortifications against them.

“The projects have been approved by the state government. There will be one each in Asajaya, Sebangan and Sebuyau,” he said.