Merger of water utilities still under discussion

Written by James Wong, Nurfarahin Oki, and Vivinna Ann Shabu

Kuching: The proposal to merge all water agencies in Sarawak under one organization will not be tabled at the next State Assembly (DUN) meeting on May 6.

Public Works and Telecommunications Minister Datuk Juraihi Narawi said the proposal is currently under discussion and details will be announced later.

“We have processes in place to integrate all water authorities and further information will be announced later.

“However, for now, we have established the Integrated Management Office (IMO) to handle administrative tasks related to the integration of major water agencies across Sarawak,” he said.

He said this after the Hari Raya Open House organized by the ministry was held at the Borneo Convention Center Kuching (BCCK) here today (April 21).

Jureich said the IMO will be managed by multiple staff members who will perform various tasks in the merger process.

“We have appointed a chief executive to oversee it.

“At IMO, only three or four people will be tasked with a lot of merger-related work, including the legal framework and the board of directors,” he added.

The establishment of IMO brings together all major water bodies across Sarawak, namely Kuching Water Board (KWB), Sibu Water Board (SWB), Sarawak Rural Water Board (JBALB), and LAKU Management Sdn Bhd (LAKU). It is intended to be integrated.

State Legislative Assembly Speaker Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar and Datuk Deputy Public Utilities and Telecommunications Minister Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi were also present.

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