Thursday, March 21

‘Govt follows requirements on dam construction’


Datuk Jacob Dungau Sagan

MIRI: Deputy Minister for International Trade and Industry, Datuk Jacob Dungau Sagan advised the people in upper Baram not to support the group opposing the Baram Dam.

He said the government followed all requirements stipulated by the United Nations in relation to dam construction.

“If the government does not follow any single requirement as stipulated, then no international investor will come to invest here as a kind of protest,” Jacob said at the closing of a seminar at Pustaka Miri organised by Persatuan Berawan Sarawak recently.

He said there was no need for the group that went against this project to go around telling people the dam would endanger the lives of Baram folks as the government would not flood its own people.

“As a local from the area, I am as concerned as they are. But I can assure the affected people their lives will change for the better if they support the Baram Dam.”

Sagan, who is MP for Baram, was guest of honour of Persatuan Berawan Sarawak.

Among those present were Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau, Political Secretary to the Chief Minister Robert Laing Anyie and organising chairlady Catherine Awing Wan.

Earlier Sagan commended the association for organising the seminar to enlighten members on the importance of food for health.

“A proper diet can minimise disorders like hypertension, heart attack, diabetes and obesity,” he said.

He advised parents attending the seminar to spend quality time with their children and engage in open discussions with them regularly to know their fears.

“Without support from family members, a troubled kid will look outside the family or go to the wrong group,” he disclosed.

Sagan announced a RM10,000 grant for Persatuan Berawan Sarawak to run its activities.