Study to ensure Baram folk benefit from dam
by WB Ongie, email@example.com. Posted on August 9, 2012, Thursday
MARUDI: A study is being carried out to ensure that the community affected by the Baram hydroelectric dam will benefit from its development.
Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Jacob Dungau Sagan said the Baram Hydro Electric Community Consultative Committee had been formed to look after the community’s welfare and needs.
He said the community would benefit from infrastructure such as housing, schools, clinics and a good road system with electricity and water supply as well as telecommunication facilities.
“Areas involved include compensation for the landowners, village and urban developments, socioeconomic developments, training, the environment and opportunities for employment and business,” he said during a meet the people session at Long Apu recently.
He said the resolutions from discussions between comittee, community leaders, the government and Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) would be used to improve developments for locals.
The Baram Member of Parliament said overall the developments had been well received.
“The community’s welfare will always be the priority before, during and after the project has been implemented,” he added.
During the event, Sagan announced government grants of RM20,000 for the Long Apu SIB Church and presented minor rural project (MRP) grants of RM20,000 each to Long Palai and Long Julan.
Meanwhile Long Moh and Long Apu residents pledged their support to Sagan as the Barisan Nasional candidate to defend the Baram parliamentary seat.