DAP urges authorities to look into burst pipe problem in Taman Peony

Julian Tan at the location of the burst pipe

By John Isaac

DAP has urged the Padawan Municipal Council and Kuching Water Board (KWB) to promptly look into a burst pipe at Taman Peony in Lorong 6A1D and 6A2.

According to Julian Tan, low water pressure has been a frequent problem in the Matang Jaya area due to rapid development not on par with water utility upgrades.

“It is causing great inconvenience to the residents here, especially those staying in double-story houses,” said Julian, a special assistant to Sarawak DAP chief, Chong Chieng Jen.

He said the least the KWB could do is address the leakage promptly and not wait months.

Residents in Lorong 6A1D had exhausted all means to get KWB to address the burst pipe problem.

“Residents told us, some even went to the KWB and met officers there months ago but to no avail.

“We also filed complaints via Talikhidmat weeks ago, and the issue has yet to be addressed,” said Julian.

On Lorong 6A2, a person apparently from the KWB came and looked at the problem and told residents it was due to leakage after the meter.

“He offered to repair it at the cost of about RM700 and the residents rejected the offer, and the case was closed and stated as solved on the Talikhidmat system.

“Such a practice is a clear conflict of interest and does not serve the public well,” he said.

He said two independent contractors were called in and after the filing their report, they verified that the major leakage, which now has become ‘a pool of water’ is clearly before the water meter.