KOTA KINABALU – Babagon dam can barely meet the demands of the consumers. As the population growth increase so does the needs on water supply.
Currently, the Babagon dam has suffered a decrease in water reserve, so building a new dam is an urgency to accommodate the people.
The Minister of Infrastructure Development Tan Sri Joseph Pairin said that managing the population growth is one of the measures. However, he stated in Sabah the unfortunate case of illegal immigrants has caused a rapid growth of population.
“That is the unfortunate part for us (Sabah) as the rapid growth of population cause by the illegal immigrants. On top of that some of our water supplies is stolen,” he said to reporters after launching the World Water Day Talk at Cultural Centre in Penampang, today.
“The best solution is Kaiduan Dam and I think it’s only sensible for us to build the dam. We need to take into consideration on our water supply and most importantly the needs of the entire people of Sabah.
“The dam will be able to supply water to millions of people, from Tuaran to Papar with a capacity of 1000 million litres,” he said.
Pairin who is also the Deputy Chief Minister disclosed as to date there are 110 houses that will be affected prior to the Kaiduan dam project.
According to the United Nations by 2050, a water shortage by 40 per cent will occur and by 2030 the region will face critical water shortage. – by Fizah Yusof/Sayangsabah