Penan Talun longhouse, Sg. Koyan Asap.

The Sg. Asap Resettlement Scheme residents will wake up to the ‘rude’ reality of so called ‘development’ as promised to them almost a decade ago on December 16.

By then, almost 2000 peoples in the area will have no water running through their tap as government have decided to disconnected water supply to these folks’ homes over accumulating unpaid bills.

Bintulu Public Works Department’s water supply division said they have to disconnect the water supply to some of the longhouses as they owed government a total sum of RM2 million. The arrears date back to 1998, the year when the residents first moved in.

“We have to take action, otherwise the bills will continue accumulating,” Bernama reported department’s divisional engineer, Goh Soon Boon as saying on Monday.

So far, he said he had not received any appeal over the department’s decision to disconnect the water supply, from either the residents or their leaders.

Goh said his department had made arrangements for the people in the scheme to settle their bills with the SESCO (Sarawak Electricity Supply Corporation) office in the area, instead of them having to drive to Bintulu, about 75km away.