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Thursday, December 1, 2022

Students in Sabah had to cross gushing river on a water pipeline, minister said salaried civil servants did not do their job

Social NewsStudents in Sabah had to cross gushing river on a water pipeline,...

Recently, a video showing students in Keningau, Kota Kinabalu having to cross the river with water pipeline has gone viral online.

The video was first shared on Facebook by netizen Siti Hafizah Leezah and she claimed the people residing in Kampung Mansiang Baru, Keningau often had to use the water pipeline to cross the river during the rainy season.

She also claimed that the residents had applied for a new suspension bridge to be built and that Tulid MP Flovia Ng had promised to address the issue during her visit there in April.

Despite several months having passed, nothing has materialised. Thus, Siti decides to take it to social media to highlight the issue.

Meanwhile, according to a report by Harian Metro, Tulid ADUN, Flovia Ng, said she has managed to secure a provision to build a proper bridge across Sungai Mansiang on 23 June.

She added that the tender to build the bridge is currently open. She also said that the priority is to build a proper bridge as soon as possible for the villagers.

Source: Facebook

Commenting on the matter, Sabah Finance Minister II Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun has slammed salaried civil servants for failing to make sure bridges are properly built and repaired across the state.

He pointed out that rural folk in the state have to cross damaged or makeshift bridges to get to school or work.

“For me, all the salaried government workers from the various working departments – they should be able to fix it soonest, am I right?” he was quoted as saying by The Vibes.

He also lamented that such conditions were sometimes not reported but instead, people take to social media to grab attention and the whole government gets the blame.

Masidi then called out the Rural Development Ministry and the federal Education Ministry to take responsibility for such problems.

“Forgive me, there are those who prefer to take a risk because another bridge is located far away. For me, it is better not to be too quick to judge, but let’s find out more facts. We should not blame and point fingers from one picture or video,” he said.

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