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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.







1. Johnny - April 25, 2008

Well to has the public & the world know especially people of Tawau who live in overseas I guess you need to get yourself in YouTube for some comment of yourself as I view & search Youtube that only west DAP has its yet in Tawau don’t has anything. I do has some of my St. Patrick mate are good in computer who can help you on its. People are Tawau will support you for sure & overseas people who from Tawau will support if they been update as I been forward your blog more few hundred Tawau people already who not lives in Tawau to get them support you.
I look forward to meet you soon if there a chance.

2. Stupido - April 28, 2008

We pay our water bills, but we suffer. Many never pay, but they don’t suffer! WHAT IS THIS! WHAT IS GOING ON! WAKE UP WATER WORKS!

3. JOIN EM' - April 28, 2008

Can beat them join em’ I say. So let us all built illegal huts near our house and connect water illegally to the huts. This way we too can get free water all year round. Frankly I feel very sad. I pay my water bills and yet Water Works Department pressure me whenever I am late in paying my bill. They threathen with water cuts if I don’t pay, and yet they are no lifting a finger to those getting water illegally. I am SAD, very sad and getting angry and angrier.

4. Tell them - April 28, 2008

Way to go YB, tell them to their face. If the wtare department still cannot find where the missing water and water meters, I suggest everyone in Tawau not to be billed until the matter solved. Fair is fair. If you keep one eyes closed might as well keep both eyes shut. If you can allow illegal squatters to use water freely for so many, many, many years, there should be no problem to give the whole water free to everyone.

5. Mat air - April 28, 2008

Kita penduduk di bodoh-bodohkan dan di takut-takutkan. Kalau tidak bayar, air potong. Cepat-cepat pergi bayar (kasihankan). Yang pencuri-pencuri air bijak, tidak payah bayar bill air, kalau kena potong sambung balik bah, bukan susah. Hai Jabatan Air, siapa yang kamu jaga, orang yang bayar bill kah atau orang yang tidak bayar bill? Takkan sudah bertahun-tahun masih tidak dapat selesaikan masalah lama ini. Kamu kan ada undang-undang, bila nak pakai?

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