Frequent blackouts, dry taps at 10pm test patience of Kabong residents, Kabong rep calls for action

Mohd Chee raising some issues in Kabong when debating the TYT address in the DUN Sitting on May 19, 2023.

By DayakDaily Team

KUCHING, May 19: The frequent power outages which also disrupt telecommunication services and limited water supply until 10pm present significant challenges that truly test the patience of the residents in Kabong.

Raising this, Kabong assemblyman Mohd Chee Kadir said he had taken the initiative to hold engagement with Sesco senior management which was attended by village chiefs and longhouse chieftains to address the frequent ‘blackout’ problem.

“Sesco has given many explanations and promised to investigate the cause. It is hoped that the authority will take necessary action to ensure stable electricity supply,” he said when debating the TYT address in the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly (DUN) Sitting today.

Mohd Chee also highlighted the issue of disrupted telecommunication services during power outages and emphasised the need for backup batteries to enable communication among residents.

“The Ministry of Utility and Telecommunication should ensure that telco operators providing services have backup batteries in place,” he added.

He also appealed to the Ministry to expedite the installation of electricity connections for new houses considering that the owners have endured a significant waiting period since submitting their applications.

Additionally, he emphasised the urgency of equipping telco towers with the necessary equipment to ensure their operational efficiency.

Drawing attention to water supply issue, Mohd Chee cexpressed dissatisfaction with the lack of water supply at several villages in Kabong during the Hari Raya celebration.

While acknowledging improvements in the water supply situation, he pointed out that achieving a 24-hour water supply is still pending. Currently, the supply is switched off at 10pm and will only be turned on before dawn.

“It is disheartening because water is an essential necessity. It is crucial that JBALB (Rural Water Department) shows sensitivity towards the basic needs of the people in Kabong. I earnestly hope for a continuous water supply,” he expressed.

He suggested increasing the raw water intake at Licok to adequately meet the needs during prolonged drought conditions.

He also urged the authorities to expedite the water supply project in Ulu Roban, as the residents of six longhouses have been waiting for an extended period to access water supply.— DayakDaily