M Update 23/1/2019 – Police believe sabotage is involved in a series of burst water pipes in the city shortly after the Sabah Water Department terminated the contracts of six private maintenance companies in December.
Kota Kinabalu City police chief ACP Habibi Majinji said that they were looking for two suspects seen in the vicinity of one of the areas where the water pipe burst in Luyang near here.
“Witnesses saw two men in a white Toyota Hilux in the area. One of them was seen with tools,” ACP Habibi said Wednesday (Jan 23), adding that they were narrowing down suspects as investigations were still underway.
Several incidents of “burst pipes” around the state capital left taps dry in residential areas in late December. The state Water Department lodged a police report in early January concerning possible sabotage.
Sabah Water Department director Amarjit Singh described the burst pipe incidents as “unusual and weird”, prompting them to lodge a police report.
The state-owned utility company terminated the contracts of six contractors involved in maintenance at 58 water treatment plants statewide.
Amarjit said the 1,335 workers affected by the move would be re-employed by the state Water Department with different terms of employment.
Sources : The Star Online