KOTA KINABALU: A pro-consumers NGO in Sabah has urged Education Minister Maszlee Malik to intervene in the plight of residents at a lodging for teachers in Bukit Padang who have been without water for the past three weeks.
The Sabah Water Department was forced to disconnect the water supply at the Education Institute Quarters (KIPS) here following the education office’s failure to settle RM700,000 in arrears.
The Consumers Front of Sabah (CFOS) said the majority of the 200 people affected by the move are principals and teachers at government schools.
“This has caused great hassle and suffering to the affected residents, who have had to collect and transport water in containers from nearby mosques and petrol stations, and carry them back to their four-story walk-up apartments twice a day,” said CFOS secretary-general Hashima Hasbullah Yahya.
Hashima said CFOS had learnt that numerous discussions with the education department had taken place since the water department realised that the former had stopped paying for water in bulk since 2017.
In a statement, the education department said steps are being taken to resolve the issue.
“The education ministry has channelled allocations to the state works department to repair the piping system with immediate effect” it said.