Recurring water woes at Tungku Beach

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MEMBERS of the public and vendors alike have expressed their dissatisfaction with the toilet facilities at Tungku Beach, mainly due to the lack of water during the weekends.

Speaking to The Brunei Times yesterday, most members of the public said that the lack of water has caused the facilities to become unclean as most of the toilets remain unflushed.

Rasmimi Abdul Hamid, 40, who frequents the beach every weekend with her family for fishing, said that her family resorted to driving to the nearest toilet facilities such as Giant at Rimba.

“Most of the vendors here sell food, so imagine how off putting it feels when we want to wash our hands after eating to be met with a disgusting sight at the toilets here,” she said.

She added: “It is very dissapointing because we have never experienced this problem in other beaches in the country.”

Meanwhile, Nur Azizah Abdullah, one of the vendors who operates her stall with her family, said that the lack of water prevents her and her family from performing the five daily prayers.

“We cannot perform our ablutions (wudhu) because there is no water which causes us to miss some of the daily prayers,” she said.

Mohd Liton Sheikh, one of the caretakers of the facilities there said that the Public Works Department (JKR) would usually refill the water tanks at the facilities using one water carrying vehicle.

“We have ten water tanks overall (and) one vehicle can only fill up two to three tanks, which is enough for the weekdays but not enough on the weekends,” he said.

Liton said that in order to have sufficient water supply over the weekends, all ten water tanks should be filled.

Additionally, members of the public have also complained about the non-functioning air conditioning units at the prayer hall of the beach.

However, Muhd Fadly Jais, a private sector worker whose company often holds gatherings at the beach, along with his colleagues, decided to repair the air-conditioning units after growing impatient of waiting for the authorities to fix it.

“We tried reporting the problem to different agencies that we think are in charge of the surau but nothing has been done after so long,” he said.

“We decided to fix the problem by hiring a private contractor at our own expense so that we can pray and seek shelter from the heat during prayer,” he added.

Fadly’s colleague, who asked only to be known as Wandi, said that the repair was not particularly costly but refused to reveal the exact amount.

“The cost is not important because we are only trying to help members of the public by maintaining a public facility as vital as a prayer hall for the enjoyment of everyone,” he said.

“However, we are unsure how long the air-conditioning will stay functional,” he added.

JKR, when contacted yesterday, said that they will provide comments on a later date.

The Brunei Times