Saturday, July 20

‘Foreign workers’ presence at Baleh dam work site being monitored’

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Dzuraidi (front, second right) is welcomed upon his arrival at Kapit police headquarters on Wednesday. At front right is Freddy.

KAPIT: The police have given assurance that they will closely monitor the large presence of foreign workers at the construction site of the proposed Baleh hydroelectric dam in Putai, here to ensure the preservation of public order and security.

Sarawak Deputy Police Commissioner Datuk Mohd Dzuraidi Ibrahim said General Operations Force (GOF) personnel are already stationed at the site, assisted by Sarawak Energy auxiliary police personnel.

“We are monitoring the situation closely. As it is now, we have two platoons of GOF in Baleh, along with auxiliary policemen assigned by SEB (Sarawak Energy).

“If there is need in future, the strength (number of personnel) will be increased. Peace and security are our priority and we will not compromise on the matter,” he told reporters after attending a briefing with Kapit police chief DSP Freddy Bian, here on Wednesday.

Over a period of 10 years, some 3,500 foreigners are expected to be employed for the construction of Baleh dam.

Mohd Dzuraidi, who arrived here as part of a working visit to Sibu, Song, Kapit, Kanowit and Meradong, said he was pleased to note the overall crime rate in Kapit is under control, with no reports of major incidences received.

Accompanying him on his visit here were Sarawak Narcotics Crime Investigation Department head Supt Sahar Abdul Latif, Sibu police chief ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit and other senior police officers.