BENTONG, March 4 – Pengurusan Air Pahang Berhad (PAIP) had been allocated a total of RM50 million each year for water supply maintenance statewide for the past three years. Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said the allocation included work to increase water supply, repair damaged and broken pipes, and other minor damage to provide quality treated water to residents of Pahang.
“Almost 100 per cent of treated water have been supplied to Pahang residents, while 90 per cent of the Orang Asli community also received clean water,” he told reporters after presenting 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) to 556 Orang Asli from several villages in the Pelangai state assembly in Kampung Sungai Bot, near here today.
Also present was Pahang Orang Asli Development Department (JAKOA) director Mohd Isa Hamid. Adnan said efforts were carried out in stages to supply water to the Orang Asli who had not received water supply. In a related development, Adnan said Felda allocated RM400 million to increase water supply capacity in Felda land schemes throughout Pahang.
“A sum of RM40 million from the allocation had already been spent on upgrading works and to increase water supply capabilities in Felda Gugusan Bera.
“Meanwhile, the remaining funds will be used in stages for other land schemes until Felda settlers in the state no longer face water supply problems,” he said.
Adnan, who is also Pelangai assemblyman, said the state government will continue to supply quality treated water to residents of Pahang as water is a necessity in their daily lives.
“The state government continues to give water subsidies so that the public is not burdened by high water bills,” he added.