MIRI: Two longhouses in Sungai Teniku — Rumah Panting and Rumah Lambor — will have access to treated water by January 2022 when the construction of RM5 million 10km-long underground water pipe is completed.
Transport Minister, Datuk Lee Kim Shin disclosed this today after presenting the project’s plan and the handing over of the project site to contractor, Rimbun Prima Sdn Bhd.
At the event, he also thanked the Sarawak government led by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg and the Ministry of Utilities for the project.
“This is going to make a huge difference to the people in these two longhouses. Every dry season, Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) service centre, District Office Miri and Welfare Department Miri have to send hundreds of bottles of mineral water, and also treated water by water tankers to these two longhouses.
“They haves been suffering from water shortages during the dry season for years as they depend fully on rain water,” said Lee.
He added that the project was approved in 2019 but due to some technical issues with the construction of the Pan Borneo Highway and Covid-19 pandemic, its construction had been delayed.
Meanwhile, both Tuai Rumah Panting Dok and Tuai Rumah Lambor Joseph thanked Lee for his help in making the project a reality.
“The people here have been waiting for clean water supply for many years,” they said.
Also present at the event were Penghulu Randi Elon, Kapitan Chong Ah Muk, Kapitan Chong Kee Fah, Cr Toh Ka Siong, and SUPP Senadin Committee members.