21st March, 2017
Tan (middle) with (from left) James Wong and Wong Chee Keat at the media conference
By JAMES LEONG
SANDAKAN: The sewer blockages problem in Sandakan was among the string of issues deliberated during the monthly District Action Council meeting chaired by Sandakan Municipal Council president, Datuk James Wong yesterday.
Deputy Chief Minister cum State Industrial Development Minister Datuk Seri Raymond Tan Shu Kiah who attended the meeting held at Wisma Perbandaran, later told reporters he would be meeting the Public Works Department (JKR) division engineer on the matter.
According to him, JKR had taken over the maintenance of sewage system for Sandakan, Libaran and Batu Sapi parliamentary areas from Sandakan Municipal Council.
“I have requested the department to present a report to me by next week to enable me to have an understanding of the number of facilities under their maintenance, their work schedule and manpower,” Tan said, adding that he would be working closely with Sandakan Municipal Council and JKR to address the problem.
The public can also contact the JKR Sandakan engineer-in-charge of Sewers Riny Susilawati Hamdan at 089 27 3733 to highlight blockages, he said.
Meanwhile, Tan said another issue that was discussed at the meeting was flash floods. The cause of the problem was identified and both Sandakan Municipal Council and JKR would also be working together for measures to tackle it.
“Rubbish thrown into sewers and drains will clog up these facilities thus local folks too need to play a role by refraining from dumping indiscriminately into the sewers and drains,” he said.
On SK Sri Tanjung Papat II, Tan said the safety of students and all staff was of utmost importance after JKR declared the wooden structure unsafe.
“They will be moved to the vacant building adjacent to SK Sri Tanjung Papat I also in Jalan Buli Sim Sim for their classes,” he said.
The Deputy Chief Minister who is also Tanjung Papat Assemblyman said he would provide allocations to refurbish the vacant building.
The wooden structure which is occupied by SK Sri Tanjung Papat I is located on the seafront and was recently declared no longer safe by JKR following inspections, Tan said.
“The Education Department has already given the nod for SK Sri Tanjung Papat II to be moved to vacant building at SK Sri Tanjung Papat I,” he said.
Also present at the media conference was Tanjung Papat Community Development Leader (PPM) Wong Chee Keat.