KOTA KINABALU, May 2, 2017: "We urge the Putatan district council to
seriously resolve the problems faced by the residents in the area
particularly the residents of Taman Bersatu,” said Datuk Richard Yong.
Datuk Richard Yong We Kong, who is Secretary-General of Sabah Progressive
Party (SAPP) recently visited the area after receiving complaints from
residents of Taman Bersatu about the faulty sewerage plant in the area.
The resident Madam Chong Len Kiau and one other resident Madam Shim
lamented that the pump of the sewerage pump has not been functioning for
Because of the main plant does not function, the man-hole of each houses
were filled with filthy waste which in turn created toilet blockage.
The residents claimed that they had made numerous complaints to the
Putatan District Council and to the JKR but to no avail.
Richard said that as long as this problem not being resolved properly, a
few hundred residents there will continue to suffer not just the
inconveniences but face the risk of health hazard menace.
“The council or the JKR should not deviate from their duty, stop letting
the people there suffer, resolve the problems immediately,” he stressed.
He said the sewerage plant problem was further aggravated by unclean,
blocked drainages and garbage problems and one could easily see piles of
uncollected rubbish of all kinds being dumped at roadsides and placed in
front of houses.
The garbage, according to the residents there were uncollected sometimes
for two weeks resulting in filthy smell, surrounded by flies, dirty and
disease causing. The irregular garbage collection problems had been there
for years. Some residents resorted to open burning.
Putatan is located adjacent to the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA),
highly populated area and oversees by government Ministers.
"It is difficult to imagine garbage collection and sewerage plants could
remain a major long un-resolved problem in such a prominent area for
years,” he said.
"I urge the officials there would take the people’s welfare seriously and
act on such health-hazardous problem without delay, without excuses. The
sewerage problems, the clogged drains, the grass-cutting, the garbage
collection, the street lighting etc. The council could emulate the City of
Kota Kinabalu where the Mayor took cleanliness seriously and often went to
the ground to supervise the cleaning himself," he told.