The Waterman of Penang


The late Datuk Ir Kam U-Tee worked tirelessly to manage and improve water supply in the state.

In 1994 the Malaysian Water Association’s inaugural Manager of the Year award was given to a former chairman of the northern branch of the Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM). The same person was given the Distinguished Engineer Award in 2009 by the IEM’s Penang Branch in 2009. He is Datuk Ir Kam U-Tee, affably known to his fellow Penangites as the “Waterman of Penang”.

Kam was born on February 26, 1931. He lived through difficult years during the Second World War. As a boy he witnessed suffering and starvation in Indonesia, where his family was stranded.

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