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Vanishing Water and Water Meters – Setup Commission April 24, 2008

Posted by wong jimmy in Water.

TAWAU:  Water consumers in the district which did not pay for the service rendered by the district’s water department should duly do so as requested by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah recently to ensure that the whole district could enjoy a fair share of fresh water.  It is considered very serious that the district faces the lost of around 72 percent of the water produced due to many reasons and all consumers using free water should register their un-registered meter to ensure that Malaysian would not be blamed for water theft.


Based on my calculation, the district water department produces 100 million liters of water per day converting it to 100,000 units at 90 cent per 1,000 units.  This shows that the department can collect RM90,000 per day but the lost of 72 percent of revenue meant that only RM25,200 could be collected while at the same time, suffering an estimate lost of RM64,800 per day.  To further explain the amount lost, the department stands to loss RM23,3280,000 per year in Tawau alone!


In general, three independent fresh water producer firms had been engaged to supply fresh water to the Water department of Sabah and this `saved’ revenue could be used to pay off the three firms amounting to hundreds of millions of Ringgit in arrears.


Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah had also raised the matter of the estimated 33,000 water meter missing and this I believe could be more than stated as the meters could not simply vanish for no reason. Based on investigation, there are cases of water meter installed which are not registered with the Water Department and this is among those mentioned by Datuk Raymond Tan.


It is obvious that lost of water is mainly due to two reasons, one is the lost through illegal connection and the other is through the usage of unregistered water meter connection. Other minor problem face would be the leakages.


This kind of lost is calculated based on Tawau usage and lost but I believe that other areas such as Sandakan or even Semporna to mention a few places also faces such problem and with the same ratio of lost.  Semporna for example is now facing its’ Regatta Lepa-Lepa and many tourists would be staying there but the shortage of water could well discouraged them from ever setting foot there again.


With the speedy work toward closing the lost, the district water consumers could well enjoy a better benefit as the money lost would be converted for better use such as having better water quality and system while ensuring ample water supply to every household or commerce buildings.  I would also like to suggest on the setting up of a special  independent commission comprising of representative from the legal profession,  representative from the consumers’ association,  representative from the opposition party as well as from the Barisan Nasional politician in which I believe Datuk Raymond Tan would be highly suited to represent Barisan Nasional in this commission.  The commission’s duty is to look into the system managed by the department to eradicate lost of fresh water.  The department could also take into account the method used by their counterpart in Sarawak where individual found guilty for stealing water is liable to be jailed and fine.


I like to highlight to Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah that this problem is long overdue as hundreds of millions Ringgit of revenue is lost throughout the years for the whole of Sabah while Sabahan continues to face water shortage as the situation is grave.


It would also be practical to engage the services of foreign professional consultant on water management to assist in countering the problem.


The objective is clear, to ensure that the residents of Tawau and Sabah in general could obtain fresh and quality water on a 24 hours non stop water supply basis.






Making a difference / Perubahan. April 19, 2008

Posted by wong jimmy in Tawau.


Saya telah berjanji kepada penduduk Tawau dan saya akan berusaha sedaya upaya dan kemampuan saya untuk kebaikan bandar Tawau.

These are the news clippings published by the Daily Express on whether I as the sole opposition assemblyman could make a difference. As I have promised, I will do my very best for the people of Tawau. Can the sole opposition make difference?tawauTawauTawauTawauTawau

Assaulted because of parking April 19, 2008

Posted by wong jimmy in car park.

Saya telah dikasari tanpa sebab yang munasabah cuma kerana saya hendak tolong orang-orang yang telah menalipon saya mengenai kesusahan mendapat tempat letak kereta di kawasan Majlis Perbandaran Tawau yang telah di tutup pada waktu hari kerja. Ramai yang kesuntukan masa untuk urusan mereka, tetapi tidak dapat mencari tempat letak kereta. Ini menunjukkan betapa pentingnya untuk memperbanyakkan lagi tempat letak kereta di bandar Tawau. Saya harap pihak berkuasa di masa akan datang akan lebih prihatin lagi terhadap keperitan penduduk Tawau yang lain dan upacara-upacara rasmi sebolehnya diadakan di hujung minggu ataupun di tempat yang lain yang tidak mengangu urusan rakyat jelata.   

I was unnecessarily assaulted when my good intention was only to help others over car parking problems after I received many phone calls from frustrated rate payers who could not find a vacant parking at the Tawau Municipal Council parking area which was blocked during week day. Many were running short of time to attend to urgent matters. This showed that there is a dire urgent need for our local council to remedy the acute shortage of car park especially during working days. Being the local authority (council) who is responsible of the smooth running of the town, I urge the authority in future to consider the  people’s plight first before any other events. The majority of the people’s need must come first!. assaulted over car parking 

Water shortage – Minister’s frequent visit, most welcome April 8, 2008

Posted by wong jimmy in Water.

I welcome the statement by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah to made frequent Tawau to oversee the water problem which continues to exist.  As the State Assemblyman for Sri Tanjong, I feel that it is only appropriate that this matter receive his highest attention as this problem has brought much suffering to the general public despite the continuation of assurances given in respect to the solving of the water woe in the past.


It is to my opinion that Tan should stay here longer to look for himself such as whether the two plants had actually produced over 100 Million litres per day to cater for the need of the whole population while he could participate in frequent dialogue session with the general public and listen for himself the hardship faced.


The norm problems acknowledged are water theft and loss of fresh water through broken piping but I would also like to provide my opinion on two other matters which could well contribute toward the failure of an affective delivery of water.


The first is the question on whether the Water Department had made full payment for the service of TIMATCH which produce fresh water for Water Department?


There has been rumour that the Water Department had failed in some way to made prompt payment to TIMATCH or other privatised water producer entities for Sabah causing limited water to be supplied for distribution.  Is this true?


If this matter is true, it is therefore the main priority of the state government to settle the payment to avoid such interruption taking place.


The second question is there could be work of Water Department employers to sell fresh water for quick cash.


Has the Ministry conducted such investigation over this matter as this too contribute toward the lost of water which could be explained.


Another matter which might require the attention of the minister is the possibility of revamping the whole structures and personnel of the Water Department’s management system as it has been deemed a long time as unfriendly and ineffective toward consumers.


It is also important for the government to study on the constant fee charged to consumers on bills which at times were outstanding for over ten years.  It is to my opinion that a cut off period should be given to consumers where they can avoid paying bills over three years and thus improve the management of the department. 


It is highly questionable for consumers over being forced to pay outstanding bills despite the department’s effort throughout the years to up-date their billing system.


The state government must put full effort in addressing the matter seriously and put to end the misery faced and this could be well heard through frequent dialogue sessions.


It is my hope and the hope of all residents of Tawau for the government to find a rapid solution pertaining to the water crisis faced as the dilemma has never ceased until today.


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Illegal water theft – be serious April 3, 2008

Posted by wong jimmy in Water.

Genuine customers with accounts in the Water Department should not be punished when they lapse on their water bill. Cutting their water supply to force them to pay is not fair. This treatment is not fair to genuine customers, while those who made connection illegally never paid and never punished and nothing to fear of having their illegal water supply cut.

We must get serious on this issue, stop cutting genuine consumers water, but chase after the water thefts, solved it, stop it first, then comeback to the genuine customers. Click on thumbnail to read news clip.water

Bad road at dumpsite affect collection April 3, 2008

Posted by wong jimmy in Dumpsite.

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Tawau water shortage probe April 2, 2008

Posted by wong jimmy in Uncategorized, Water.

State Water Director Awang Mohd Tahir said there should be enough water for Tawau and could not understand the shortage. The issue is being investigated and answers to be out ASAP. Click on thumbnail to read the news clip.water


Posted by wong jimmy in proposals & questions, Suggestions.

Two heads are better than one and by brainstorming we could make Tawau a better place to live. This is my suggestions proposal, and questions corner that could be use to leave any suggestions on anything to help make our Tawau municipality better.

If any of my fellow Sabahans have any questions regarding anything you want to know on our local authority, any government ministries, development projects done and not done, etc.  please leave your questions here and I personally shall do my very best to get the answers for you throughout the period I serve you as an assemblyman.

Bad road condition at dumpsite slows garbage collection April 2, 2008

Posted by wong jimmy in Dumpsite.
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I just visited the Tawau’s dump-site at Merotai to find out the problems of garbage collection. There is no denying that the bad road condition especially during rainy days causes problems to the garbage collector lorries. Due to the bad road conditions, the lorries got stuck and had to be pulled by a bulldozer. Therefore it causes serious set-back on garbage collection, where garbage could not be collected on time or at regular basis.

I urge the government to look into this matter immediately and address the problem once and for all. I also call on the government to speedily approve a new proper dumpsite for Tawau.

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