The construction of the Murum hydroelectric power (HEP) dam will not be successfully implemented without the cooperation of all parties, especially the Penans in the area, said Belaga assemblyman Liwan Lagang.
Liwan, who is also Assistant Minister for River Transportation and Safety, said the Penans were able to accept the development project well after efforts, including ongoing information on the need to implement it was disseminated to the community.
He said the Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) also played a role in the successful relocation of the Penans to two resettlement areas, Tegulang and Metalum which were completed.
Together with SEB and Murum assemblyman Kennedy Chuk Pai Ugon, a strategy had been drafted to transform the lifestyle of the Penans, involving the Murum HEP.
“We encourage them to send their children to school and SEB has planned cultural activities on their customs, the Pesta Batu Tungun (a sacred area in Murum HEP), to be held so that their children can see how their forefathers worship the traditional way,” he said.
Liwan said this when met at the Mobile Community Transformation Centre (MCTC) programme here.
Pesta Batu Tungun will be held today, (Sept 26), before the Sarawak Energy owned Murum HEP is officiated by Yang di–pertua Negeri Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud tomorrow.
The Murum HEP, which supplies up to 944 megawatt of electricty is the first hydroelectric power in the state built under the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) for power generation for the requirement of investors, especially in the Samalaju Industrial Park.