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(File pix) The sewerage system was meant for disposal of waste water to be treated, it had been misused as a rubbish dumpster, as pants, bottles and plastic waste were found in the system.

SANDAKAN residents are hoping there will be a drastic plan to solve sewer blockages in the district.

Elopura CommunityDevelopment leader Chan Tzun Hei said the problem had been going on for almost a year since the maintenance of the systemwas handed to the district Public Works Department.

“From what I learn, the department only clears blockages on an ad hoc basis, which will not solve the problem.

“Awareness programmes should be conducted at relevant places, such as restaurants and central markets,”he said, adding that most blockages were caused by grease from cooking oil.

Chan said while the sewerage system was meant for disposal of waste water to be treated, it had been misused as a rubbish dumpster, as pants, bottles and plastic waste were found in the system.

Resident Kevin Lo said the never-ending issue frustrated

him.

“The manhole is blocked almost every month.

“I hope the authorities will come up with a plan to solve the problem once and for all.”


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Tanjung Papat assemblyman Datuk Raymond Tan said he would meet the Public Works Department on the matter.

He also attended a meeting held by the District Action Council to discuss the problem.

Tan, who is also deputy chief minister cum state industrial development minister, also requested the department to present a report on the number of facilities under the department’s maintenance, its work schedule and manpower.

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