Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

Federal govt to help Sarawak develop water resources

KUCHING (Bernama) – The federal government through the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry will assist Sarawak in developing its water resources and resolving water and electricity supply issues in the state.

Sarawak Utilities Minister Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi Utom said minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili during a meeting with him and Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg yesterday had a fruitful discussion on the matter.

“I am thankful to Datuk Seri Dr Ongkili who came all the way to get feedback and discuss water and electricity issues in Sarawak,” he told a press conference yesterday after chairing the state-level National Day celebration preparation meeting.

He said Ongkili had given his assurance to the chief minister that he would give Sarawak full support for the state to have a proper plan for its water and electricity development programmes.

“Water is a real commodity and we are trying to separate hydrogen from oxygen from water so that it can be used to generate power to power our vehicles. That is how we are looking at the future of our water resources,” Rundi said.

He said during the meeting, the chief minister also requested for a bigger allocation for Sarawak’s water and electricity supply projects.

On electricity, Rundi said the federal government had come out with a new programme called MySuria, to provide electricity to people in remote areas.

He said the total allocation for the programme nationwide was RM45 million, and Sarawak was given the pilot project for 200 households with an allocation of RM5 million.

“If it is successful, we will extend it further,” he said, adding that his ministry was in the process of identifying the villages for the pilot project, which he said would be implemented by the end of this September.

Rundi said up to last year, 87 per cent of the state’s population had been connected with electricity supply.

“We have a programme called Sarawak Alternative Rural Electricity Supply (SARES) which we have already implemented in 52 villages and another 78 villages next year.

“I can see the success of SARES and hopefully by 2025, 100 per cent of the state will have electricity supply,” he added.

Source : borneobulletin