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KUCHING, Jan 30: Special assistant to Sarawak Democratic Action Party (DAP) chairman Chong Chieng Jen, Michael Kong Feng Nian, urges Kuching Water Board (KWB) to resolve the uneven road surface caused by the digging up of old water pipes as soon as possible and follow up with its contractors to ensure that the public is not inconvenienced further.
In a statement issued today, Kong highlighted that residents of Lorong 2 Jalan Semaba had to endure an uneven road surface for many months due to KWB’s excavation of old water pipes.
“DAP had already made such complaints on behalf of the people in December 2022, and we were assured that the resurfacing would be completed before Chinese New Year.
“However, during today’s visit to follow up on the works, it was discovered that KWB had yet to undertake the road resurfacing works,” he explained.
He went on to say that while visiting the site, he was able to meet a few local residents who provided more information about the problems they were facing.
“As it turns out, the residents here faced frequent water shortages due to water pipe bursts over the past one to two years.
“Each time there is a water outage, KWB will only fix the affected section. This had recurred more than ten times over this period which eventually led to KWB deciding to replace the entire old water pipes with new ones,” he added.
Kong continued stating that it has been a couple of months since the new water pipes have been laid by KWB’s contractors, but residents are still relying on water from the old pipes because their respective water meters have yet to be shifted to the new pipe.
“I immediately contacted KWB to raise the issue and was assured that they will look into the matter as soon as possible and take care of it.
“I urge KWB to also follow up with its contractors to ensure that no further inconvenience is caused to the public,” he added. — DayakDaily