Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

RM2.3 bln to improve electricity supply in Sabah

TAWAU: Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili yesterday announced that the Federal Government has allocated RM2.3 billion to improve the electricity supply system in Sabah within four years’ time in order to achieve 60 minutes of Interruption Duration Index which is also one of their Key Performance Indicator (KPI) this year.

He said the allocation is for grants to improve power generation capacity, transmission and distribution as well as upgrade wires throughout the state. He disclosed that the Interruption Duration Index in Tawau has been reduced to 89 minutes in 2016 from 160 minutes in 2015. However, more upgrading efforts need to be carried out in order to achieve 60 minutes in 2017.

Meanwhile, a tender for the water dam project to be built at Gudang Empat here will be issued soon by the state government to overcome water shortage and flood in Tawau. This project has been approved two and a half years ago, and its scope has since been modified by the Federal and State Government costing about RM640 million including Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Maximus said this in a press conference after his Chinese New Year walkabout at Sin Onn market here yesterday before visiting Hotspring old folks home. Also present were member of Tawau member of parliament Datuk Dr Mary Yap Kain Ching and other leaders of Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS).

The acting president of PBS also welcomed the decision by the leadership of Sarawak on the newly appointed Datuk Amar Abang Johari Abang Openg as Chief Minister recently.

On behalf of PBS and Barisan National (BN), he said that it was a right appointment and he believed Abang Johari’s ability and cooperation could lead Sarawak to forge ahead.

“I wish him all the best and hope Sabah and Sarawak will be developed together in Malaysia,” Maximus added.

Source: theborneopost