DROP IN WATER LEVEL AT SUNGAI MUDA CAUSES WATER DISRUPTION IN PENANG

A sudden drop in water level at the Sungai Muda (Lahar Tiang) intake, which affected the inflow to the Sungai Dua Water Treatment Plant (LRA), near here would cause water supply disruption in several areas of Penang from today until Wednesday (May 17).

Penang Water Supply Corporation (PBAPP) chief executive officer, K. Pathmanathan said the unexpected situation has affected the water supply for thousands of consumers in Seberang Perai Utara (SPU), Seberang Perai Tengah (SPT), Seberang Perai Selatan (SPS) and the southern areas of Penang.

“Around 5 am today, an incident likely to have occurred upstream of Sungai Muda, Kedah has caused the raw water level at the Lahar Tiang PBAPP to drop below 1.0 metre (m) and the normal level is above 2.0m. As a result, PBAPP cannot abstract raw water from Sungai Muda.

“The river is the main source of raw water in Penang and more than 80 per cent of the raw water taken by PBAPP every day for treated water comes from Sungai Muda and then the source of raw water from Sungai Muda is channelled to the Sungai Dua Water Treatment Plant (LRA),” he said in a statement today.

He said the Sungai Dua LRA is the largest and most important LRA in Penang and treated water is supplied to all of Seberang Perai and also to the southern areas of Penang, thus because of the incident, the Sungai Dua LRA was unable to produce its normal volume of about 1,000 million litres per day (JLH) of treated water.

Pathmanathan said PBAPP was channelling water from the Mengkuang dam to support water production in the Sungai Dua LRA but its production is limited to 300 JLH, which is not enough to cover the shortage from Sungai Muda.

He said that currently the production of treated water in Sungai Dua LRA is limited to 600 JLH to 650 JLH that is until PBAPP can resume the operation of 100 per cent raw water abstraction from Lahar Tiang.

“PBAPP is not sure when this ‘recovery’ will happen and we cannot say with certainty when water supply services in Penang will be fully stabilised for all users because we do not know exactly when the water level in Sungai Muda will recover to 2.0m or higher,” he said.

He said the PBAPP engineering team was working around the clock to optimize the raw water abstraction operation at the Lahar Tiang intake and the water production operation at the Sungai Dua LRA.

“We will treat as much water as possible to supply as many users as possible in Penang and users who still have water supply will need to store water for use in the next few days,” he said.

Earlier the media reported that about 252,000 consumers in three districts namely Kuala Muda, Kulim and part of the Baling area in Kedah were affected by unscheduled water supply disruption due to a sudden drop in the water level caused by the damage to the water control gate (barrage) of Sungai Muda.

Syarikat Air Darul Aman Sdn Bhd (SADA) in a statement today informed that the water supply disruption in the three districts started at 7.25 am today and the unforeseen incident resulted in the operation of the Sungai Petani/Pinang Tunggal LRA and the Kulim Hi-Tech LRA having to stop work temporarily until the river level stabilises.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

MAINTAIN GOOD RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN UNION AND MANAGEMENT – BERNAMA CEO

The good relationship between an organisation’s union and management needs to be always maintained in order to optimise the liaison between employees and employers, said Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) chief executive officer Roslan Ariffin.

Taking for example Bernama’s inhouse union, Kesatuan Pekerja-Pekerja Bernama (KPPB), he said it is seen as playing an important role in helping management improve the welfare and needs of its more than 1,000 workforce.

“I hope this good relationship (union members and management) will continue for the long term as it will also benefit Bernama, and even the union members themselves have helped the management a lot.

“Therefore, we need to get to know each other. Each of us can give our views and ideas that we can implement in the future thus ensuring Bernama will be the best media agency in the country,” he said after officiating the KPPB Family Day and Dinner here tonight.

He said the Bernama management always supports and encourages union activities among their staff apart from appreciating its role in ensuring all Bernama programmes are implemented well.

“From May 27 to 29, we will hold the 2023 National Journalists Day (HAWANA). It is a big programme that has been entrusted to us at the national level, so we definitely expect Bernama staff to organise this programme well,” he added.

KPPB was established in September 1974 and the union has more than 300 members.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

ALL EYES ON UNITY GOV’T CONVENTION TODAY

All eyes will be on the Unity Government National Convention today, where leaders and representatives from the 19 political parties in the Unity Government converge in an effort to forge stronger cooperation.

Kicking off proceedings at the World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur will be the Unity Government National Women Convention and the Unity Government Pemuda Puteri National Convention, all to be held simultaneously at 10 am.

The Women’s Convention will focus on the economy, nation-building and the role of women in the context of Malaysia MADANI.

Meanwhile, a new machinery, ‘Geng Perpaduan’ (the Unity Gang), involving all the youth wings of the coalition will be launched to strengthen cooperation and to be mobilised for the six state elections this year.

The Unity Gang is a new platform for youth wings of Barisan Nasional, Pakatan Harapan, Gabungan Parti Sarawak, Gabungan Rakyat Sabah and Parti Warisan.

The next agenda is slated at 2 pm with ‘Bicara Rakyat’, a forum participated by political party leaders discussing the commitment to solving the people’s issues and the implementation of the people’s agenda in three sessions, namely Empowering the People’s Economy, Nation Building and Malaysia MADANI.

The event, themed ‘MADANI Mewajahi Masa Depan Malaysia’, will culminate with a message from the Unity Government Secretariat chairman, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, before the announcement of the convention declaration.

Anwar previously said that the convention was held to determine a common direction and course of action in the administration of the country, in addition to framing the same thinking and policy among the parties that make up the Unity Government.

Political analyst Prof Dr Ahmad Martadha Mohamed said the convention was crucial in providing a positive outlook on the country’s political stability and serves as an important catalyst for the country’s economic growth.

He said the convention would not only attract the attention of political observers at home and abroad but will also build the confidence of foreign investors in the performance of the Unity Government led by Anwar.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

KING, QUEEN EXTEND MOTHER’S DAY GREETINGS

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah and Raja Permaisuri Agong Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah today extended Mother’s Day greetings to all mothers in Malaysia.

“Happy Mother’s Day. Ibu, suri hatiku (mother, queen of my heart),” Their Majesties said in a poster uploaded on Istana Negara Facebook page.

Mother’s Day is observed on the second Sunday of May every year.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

WATER SUPPLY DISRUPTION FOR OVER 250,000 SADA USER ACCOUNTS

A total of 252,000 user accounts in Kuala Muda, Kulim and parts of Baling are experiencing unscheduled water supply disruption due to the sudden drop in the water level caused by the damage to the Sungai Muda barrage gate.

Syarikat Air Darul Aman Sdn Bhd (SADA), in a statement, said that the water supply disruption in the three districts started at 7.25 am today.

It said that the incident resulted in the operation of the Sungai Petani/Pinang Tunggal water treatment plant (LRA) and the Kulim Hi-Tech LRA being temporarily suspended until the river level stabilises.

Following the suspension, a total of 252,000 users have been affected, and among the areas involved are Sungai Petani, Bedong, Pantai Merdeka, Kulim, Lunas, Kuala Ketil, and several other major areas.

It also said that it will mobilise water tankers to the affected area by giving priority to critical premises such as hospitals, clinics, dialysis centres, and funeral homes throughout the disruption period.

Operation rooms have been activated and users can channel complaints or inquiries via the SADA head office at 04-740 8976; Central Kedah Region (04-421 6798); Southern Region (04-484 6770) and the SADA Information Centre (SIC) at 1300-88-0017.

“SADA will always closely monitor the level of Sungai Muda together with the Lembaga Sumber Air Negeri Kedah (LSANK) as the body that is responsible for regulating and supplying raw water resources to SADA,” read the statement.

Information on water supply disruptions will be communicated from time to time through SADA’s official Facebook and TikTok accounts and on its website www.sada.com.my.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency