Hornbill Unleashed

July 5, 2017

Stop sensationalising Masing’s statement on Baram, Snowdan tells opposition, NGOs

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

State opposition leaders and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are reminded to stop sensationalising the statement by Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing concerning road connectivity in Baram.

According to Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports Snowdan Lawan, unconstructive criticisms that serve only to gain political mileage or cheap publicity would not bring any good to the people.

“Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing did not mention ‘no dam, no road’ (in his statement). Roads to rural areas will eventually be built, but projects like HEP (hydroelectricity power) dams will accelerate the construction of these roads,” he claimed in a statement yesterday. Snowdan, who is Balai Ringin assemblyman, also noted that the budget allocation for road development in the area is also seen as a constraint, resulting in slower pace of such projects in the rural areas.

“In any vast area such as Baram, which has the potential for the development of HEP (dam), the proposed dam project would be a game changer to the rural economy.”

Citing Baleh as an example, Snowdan pointed out that the Baleh HEP would connect the road from Kapit town with the dam.

“Nearby communities in that area (Baleh) would be able to use that road in the future and it would help expedite more networks of roads. Not only that, the Baleh HEP dam would provide electricity and treated water to the surrounding communities and present opportunities to the locals there to actively participate in socio-economic activities,” he explained. Snowdan added that the government is improving the approach to be more integrated and sustainable based on previous experiences, so as to improve the lives of the people.

In view of this, he said rather than criticising Masing over his statement, the opposition should come up with constructive ideas in proposing projects that would be able to improve the socio-economy in the rural areas and worth being implemented by the state government, which would eventually benefit not only the rural folk but Sarawakians as a whole.

Last Thursday, Masing was quoted as saying that the hope of the people in Baram to have good road connectivity would lie in the Baram HEP project.

Masing, also Infrastructure Development and Transportation Minister, cited socio-economic factors as being the critical drivers for financiers including government and developers or investors, to start the mega project that could be the solution to many problems.

“That’s why I am committed to making sure that the Baleh HEP dam would be built; otherwise there would be no road,” Masing told reporters then.

His statement has since been met with criticisms from the opposition and NGOs, many of which commented that basic infrastructure such as roads should not rely solely on whether a mega project would be constructed in that particular area.

Source : The Borneo Post Online




  1. Snow and Lawan = Another lap-dog cari makan

    Comment by tigeryk — July 6, 2017 @ 3:52 PM | Reply

  2. In Malaya side, highways , good roads are being constructed everywhere without dam projects being built. Who is the main contributor to all these ? Sarawak ! Yet here , we have to our Ministers using dam projects as a requirement for rural roads to be constructed. SUCK !!

    Comment by Sii Pai Gong — July 6, 2017 @ 2:32 PM | Reply

  3. Another stupid statement.
    Built the roads and rural Sarawak will transformed into vast agricultural activities without any one being resettled and forced to move.
    There is no need for mega projects which benifits only the politicians and their crony bussinessman.
    This yb do not have the majority rural folks at heart at all!

    Comment by Brian — July 5, 2017 @ 11:10 PM | Reply

  4. ” Budget allocation for road development in the area is also seen as a constraint, resulting in slower pace of such projects in the rural areas”.Borrow from the Timber thieves who stole by raping Sarawak Virgin Jungles to prostitute state.

    Comment by Salim — July 5, 2017 @ 10:37 PM | Reply

  5. The roads connecting all parts of Sarawak be it 4th or even 5th grade should have been constructed and completed 20 years ago. We should now only be discussing about upgrading the roads in Sarawak and not holding the rural Dayaks to ransom over proposed infrastructure development.

    Comment by Simon Abbey — July 5, 2017 @ 7:09 PM | Reply

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