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December 20, 2023

Brunei and Malaysia Explore Cross-Border Water Supply

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December 20, 2023

Brunei government sent a request for a cross-border water service to Malaysia's Sarawak government, addressing the water needs of Brunei. Discussions between the governments have been ongoing, exploring the possibility of channeling water supply from the Northern Region Water Board (Laku) to Brunei. Brunei Minister of Utility and Telecommunication Dato Sri Julaihi Narawi emphasized the potential advantages of creating a unified approach called ‘One Water Entity.’

This new effort aligns with Sarawak’s long-term plan to transform into a corporate entity capable of effectively addressing state requirements. The proposed merger through ‘One Water Entity’ is expected to streamline the management process, enhancing coordination and achieving a balance between rural and urban areas in Sarawak. The concept is designed to expand water supply operations in the city, provide value in treated water supply outside the state and construct more water treatment plants in rural areas by 2030.

Minister Julaihi expressed confidence that the initiative would not only present economic advantages for Sarawak but would also address the longstanding issue of inconsistency in water supply, improving access to clean water for the community. Additionally, this would also contribute to the Sarawak Public Service’s goal of becoming a world-class government.

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