Monday, April 18, 2011

Bath protest called off

ALOR GAJAH: Members of more than 50 families have called off their “protest bath” at the Syarikat Air Melaka Berhad (SAMB) headquarters after water supply was restored on Saturday.
The residents from Kampung Permai in Machap Umboo had initially planned to show their anger by taking baths using water from pipes at the company's headquarters in Jalan Hang Tuah in Malacca city.
The villagers' spokesman Gary Yip, 39, said they were relieved when water supply resumed at about 3.30pm on Saturday.
Soaking it up: Children having a splashing time after water supply was restored at Kampung Permai Machap Umboo in Malacca on Saturday.
“We had three very difficult days without a single drop of water. We had to look for various spots, including the jungle, to answer nature's call.
“Today, however, we are happy because supply is back to normal and it's only right for us to express our gratitude to SAMB,” he said here yesterday.
After The Star reported their woes, SAMB sent several officers to provide assistance to the affected villagers and sent water tankers before the supply resumed.
Asked on their planned mass bath, Yip said the villagers were informed through SMS that they should bring their shorts to the SAMB headquarters.
“Some wanted to bring along their unwashed clothes and cutlery to the SAMB complex, while others wanted to bring their bikinis,” he added.
Meanwhile, SAMB CEO Mohd Khalid Nasir said a water pipe had burst during a heavy downpour and caused water supply to be cut for a few days.
“The rain caused soil erosion at a site near to the village, which also damaged a giant feeder pipe and stopped water supply to the village.
“Our workers were actually trying to plug the leak throughout the period,” he said.
Mohd Khalid said the repair work was completed on Friday but the supply only reached the village on Saturday.

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