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RM242m Sabah Water Dept revenue so far this year
Published on: Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Kota Kinabalu: The Sabah Water Department has thus far collected RM242 million in revenue, just short of RM8 million to achieve its target of RM250 million for 2018. Its Director Amarjit Singh said the department was currently aggressively conducting operations like billing consumers to achieve the targeted revenue collection for this year.

"Within the four and half months since I took over the department, it has collected RM106.75 million, or 42.7 per cent of its total revenue collection," he said at the department's Excellence Services Award (APC) ceremony for the year 2017, here, Monday.

Amarjit said the department had also reduced the State's non-revenue water (NRW) rate to 51.29 per cent this year, which is close to its actual target of 51 per cent for this year.

"For this month alone, the NRW rate is 40.23 per cent," he said, adding the department has also set up two new units - Information Technology (IT) and Corporate.

Thirty-nine officers and staff, as well as 23 who are retiring, received APC certificates during the event officiated by State Infrastructure Development Minister Datuk Peter Anthony, represented by Assistant Minister Datuk Abdul Muis Picho.

Anthony, in a speech read by Abdul Muis, said the time has come for all employees of the department to empower their services with integrity, value and culture in the effort to spur the Government's initiatives.

"They need to apply the elements of the Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR4.0) in their work as it will be the norm in the future. The world is going through a transition towards IR4.0 that will change the way people work and live.

"Therefore, each of us should move in line with current needs to deliver better services in line with today's technological advances," he said.

Peter said global change has been used as a benchmark for civil service reform to increase the momentum of success to keep pace with current needs.

"Hence, the advances in technology and the digital world must be understood and studied in order to be applied in this State, thereby fulfilling the needs of the people," he said.

He said the department's performance and service delivery needed to be improved in order to restore the people's trust in it. - Larry Ralon



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