PKR Baram: Unfair to decide for folk affected by Baram Dam

Roland Engan

MIRI: PKR Baram branch believes it is most unfair for other party to make arbitrary decision for the people affected by the proposed Baram Dam project.

It was announced in the media by FORUM president Gerawat Gala and Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu last week that the people in Baram had agreed to the construction of the Baram Dam.

“We believed that Gerawat and Jabu were merely expressing their personal views on the subject,” said PKR Baram branch deputy chairman Roland Engan in a press statement received here recently.

He stressed on the importance of going to the grounds to gauge the real sentiments of the affected people like what he and his team did from May 12 to 17.

“Their statements do not reflect the actual situation on the ground. That’s what they told us when we visited them last week,” said Roland a lawyer based in Kuala Lumpur.

He is a Kenyah from Long Jeeh one of longhouses to be affected by the construction of the dam. He said that from his visit, he said that people in upper Baram expressed resistance to the proposed dam, contradicting claims of support made by Gerawat and Jabu.

“What I want to ask is this, When did FORUM hold their EGM to discuss such an important issue like Baram Dam?”

Roland challenged those in favour of the dam project to actually go to the grounds and go to every longhouse, instead of taking the easy way out by making announcement of support for the project through an NGO and a few politicians.

“We will be going around again to collect signatures of those who are against the project,” he said.

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