Warisan Says Businesses Need To Be Compensated For Rampant Water Shortage

KOTA KINABALU: The worsening water supply shortage in Kota Kinabalu has prompted a young Warisan leader to call on the Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) to compensate business owners affected by the problem.

Parti Warisan Likas Chinese Coordinator Nicholas Tan, said the prolonged and constant water shortage had caused many businesses to suffer a loss in revenue.

“The water shortage issue in Kota Kinabalu is getting worse ever since Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) took over the Sabah government,” he said in a statement today.

He cited areas such as Dah Yeh Villa, Likas, Kingfisher, Sepanggar, Tanjung Aru and Penampang that are frequently grappling with the shortage.

“In fact it can be said that all districts in Sabah are facing this problem.”

“Residents and restaurant operators have been complaining of acute water shortage which can occur for one whole day or even up to a few days.”

“I have also received complaints from various business owners in Waterfront, a tourist attraction area in Kota Kinabalu that they are also facing the same problem. What is happening? Why are water supply disruptions so rampant?”

“Will the GRS government compensate the revenue loss to all affected business owners?” Nicholas asked.

GRS has said that Sabah is confident of attracting more than one million tourists arrival this year, but how can that be when we are lagging in terms of basic infrastructure, that is water.

“Is this Sabah Maju Jaya or are we sliding backwards to third world standards?”

Nicholas asserted that basic infrastructure is crucial for economic development.

“With such poor infrastructure, how can we attract investors to Sabah?

“Comprehensive action plans on basic infrastructure have to be implemented urgently to resolve the water supply issue, instead of putting up ‘Sabah Maju Jaya’ signboards all over the state.

“The government must be sensitive to the people’s hardship, do not add to their burden,” he concluded.