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Sarawak minister asks state to merge water agencies

(Seated fourth from left) Yii, Alice and Nelson with guests at Laku’s Ngiling Bidai dinner on July 8, 2022. — Borneo Post Online pic

Saturday Jul 09, 2022 10:04 AM MYT

MIRI, July 9 — Sarawak’s Department of Utilities and Telecommunications wants to merge all of its water agencies.

Its permanent secretary, Datuk Alice Jawan Empaling, said the merger aims to improve efficiency, effectiveness, as well as the level of service in the administration and management of water agencies.

The agencies involved were Sarawak Rural Water Supply Department (JBALB), Kuching Water Board (KWB), Sibu Water Board (SWB) and Laku Management Sdn Bhd (Laku).

“It is also part of the water supply development sector to ensure that Sarawak’s water supply master plan and network system are implemented,” she said in her address. at Laku’s Ngiling Bidai dinner on Friday.

She represented Sarawak Public Services and Telecommunications Minister Datuk Julaihi Narawi to officiate at the event held at the Piasau Boat Club.

Among those present were Pujut MP and Miri Mayor Adam Yii, Laku Chairman Datuk Nelson Balang Rining and Laku Chief Executive Daneil Punang.

“As we grow and transform the water supply industry in the state, it’s also important that we engage our people. This is in order to have their adhesion or their appropriation of the transformation. We are that important catalyst for change,” Alice said.

She said everyone involved should be proud of the transformation and should perform their duty responsibly, with professionalism and integrity, regardless of their position in the organization.

“While all the official transformation is underway, we also need to embark on the familiarization phase and the interaction of our officers.

“One of the ways for us to strengthen our collaboration and our professional relationships in the field of water supply is to organize regular meetings, including social events like our dinner tonight,” she said. declared.

She also expressed her gratitude to all Laku and JBALB officers for working together to resolve the water crisis due to the leaking water main in Miri last month.

“It’s the spirit of teamwork. We hope our officers will continue to be efficient, effective, versatile and always responsive to the needs of the public,” she said.

Meanwhile, Nelson, who spoke earlier, said the recent water crisis in Miri has taught them to be more tenacious, patient and more productive.

“There are frequent leaks and interruptions in the pipes. At certain times of the year, especially now, problems with colored water arise due to the dry season. For future expansion, the government is expected to introduce redundancy plans with the introduction of two pipelines.

“We are setting up a dedicated preventive maintenance team, ERT/ERP (emergency response team/emergency response plan) and a crisis management centre. These are actions taken by management,” he said.

He added that Laku will be better prepared for future crises, and he appreciated the team’s commitment to managing and resolving the recent water crisis, as it shows that the working system in place is productive. and efficient. — Borneo Post Online