Multimillion ringgit water treatment plant in the works

Feb 11, 2017
File photo from Najib;s Facebook page
File photo from Najib’s Facebook page

A RM129 million water treatment plant is set to be built to solve problems in the Tanjong Datu and Tasik Biru constituencies in Sarawak, reported The Star Online.

The news portal quoted Prime Minister Najib Razak as saying the project, which was expected to begin next year, would benefit people from Bau to Sarawak’s southern tip of Telok Melano, Sematan.

Reticulation pipes and a booster pump station to solve water pressure issues that affect villages in Lundu and Sematan will be included.

On Jamilah Anu, the widow of the late Chief Minister Adenan Satem, as the Barisan Nasional candidate for the Tanjong Datu by-election, Najib said she was picked for the job based on merit as the person had to be someone who was well-received by the public and had a good personality.

“We know that the late Adenan had a big agenda for Tanjong Datu and this agenda must be continued.

“There are over 800 projects planned in the constituency and Puan Sri Jamilah is a committed person who will accomplish the task.

“It is important to continue the legacy and good work of the late Adenan,” Najib was quoted as saying after after opening a RM4.3mil food court in Lundu yesterday.

He also said the Pan Borneo Highway project – stretching over 1,000km from Sematan to the state’s northern tip of Lawas – initially had not catered for the Sematan-Telok Melano stretch.

But Adenan, he added had requested for it to go all the way to Telok Melano as the local community was often cut off during the monsoon season.

This resulted in the federal government allocating an additional RM580mil for the 32.7km stretch which includes building six bridges.

The construction of the Telok Melano-Sematan stretch is one of 11 packages under the first phase of the Pan Borneo Highway project in Sarawak and is expected to be completed in 2019 but Najib has called for it to be finished by the end of 2018.