Lapok Baram needs clean water supply, says Selayang MP
Posted onMarch 16, 2015, Monday
Leong (seated, second right) with others pose for a photo after their press conference yesterday.
MIRI: The Ministry of Public Utilities (Water Supply) has been asked to find ways to supply clean pipe water for those living in Lapok Baram and its surrounding areas.
Selayang MP William Leong, who made this call, said he was surprised to see the poor conditions and lack of many basic necessities of those living in rural areas when he went to Long Lama on Saturday to launch the PKR Baram election machinery.
“When we came back from Long Lama after our function on Saturday, we stopped over in Lapok. We saw a lot of water tanks that people use to store rain water. Initially, we thought they used them for drinking, cooking and other things,” he told a press conference here yesterday.
However, they were surprised to learn that some villagers did not dare to drink the rainwater from the tanks as it was not hygienic.
“They claimed that at night, they heard rats and cats on their rooftops, which made them scared of drinking water from the tanks,” he said.
He said the ministry concerned should look into the request to help connect these rural areas with clean water for hygienic reasons.
On another matter, Leong said PKR is always ready and prepared to work with the state government to bring development to the people in Baram and eradicate poverty.
However, he said PKR would not support the government if the development they intended to bring would displace thousands of people and cause misery.
“Nobody objects development, but if the development will displace over 20,000 people in Baram and cause misery then no one will accept this,” he said.
Present at the press conference were Miri MP Dr Michael Teo, PKR Baram chairman Roland Engan and PKR Baram information chief Dennis Along.