Wednesday, August 17

State ministers urged to state their stand on mega dams, alternative energy sources

Abun Sui Anyit

Abun Sui Anyit

MIRI: Gerakan Anak Sarawak (Gasak) is urging all state cabinet ministers to state their stand whether they are for more mega dams or for alternative energy sources in the state.

Referring to the article ‘S’wak may see end of mega dams’ that was front-paged by The Borneo Post yesterday, Gasak president Abun Sui Anyit said ideally all plans to build mega dams in the state should be scrapped and replaced with alternative energy sources.

“The state should use alternative energy sources as proposed by Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL) director Prof Dr Daniel M Kammen and Green Empowerment Borneo programme manager Gabriel Wynn,” he told a press conference here yesterday.

Kammen, who is Class of 1935 ‘Distinguished Professor of Energy’ at the University of California in Berkeley, Gabriel, Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How and Save Sarawak Rivers Network chairman Peter Kallang met Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem at his (Adenan) residence on Saturday. During the one-hour meeting, Kammen gave a briefing on the benefits of using renewable energy such as solar, wind, sustainable biomass and micro-hydro in place of mega hydroelectric dams.

Like the delegation, Abun hoped Adenan would consider Kammen and Green Enpowerment’s proposal seriously, too.

In thanking the delegation for taking the initiative to meet Adenan, Abun said: “I now called upon all state cabinet ministers to state their stand on this issue, whether the state really needs more mega dams or whether the state should switch to using alternative energy sources.”