By ILONA ANDREW
KOTA KINABALU: The transfer of Datuk Amarjit Singh has nothing to do with factors other than his expertise being much needed at the State Economic Planning Unit (Upen), said Infrastructure Development Minister Datuk Peter Anthony.
He also indicated that the transfer has nothing to do with displeasure expressed certain parties over Amarjit’s appointment as the director of the State Water Department.
Peter explained that the transfers among public servants are normal, and the kind of expertise Amarjit holds is needed in a variety of areas.
“He (Amarjit) doesn’t necessarily need to remain in the State Water Department, simply because his expertise can be applied anywhere with his kind of designation.
“He is a consultant and his service is more needed in Upen,” he told reporters during a media conference here, Sunday.
According to Peter, an officer has been tasked to act as the director at the moment and a new director will be appointed soon.
He added that qualities are the thing taken into account when it comes to appointing someone to head the department.
“We need a director who is experienced and can guarantee the quality of the water works services.
“The department is a very important agency for the people of Sabah and it is time to improve the water service quality,” he said.
Among the matters to be resolved said Peter is the water shortage in several remote areas that still depend on gravity water.
“The federal rural development ministry is usually the one involved for this but I think it’s time for the state government to work on the solutions,” said Peter.
He suggested either improving the existing system or installing water pipes as part of the solutions.