Hornbill Unleashed

July 26, 2017

Building Trusan Dam contrary to Adenan’s wish — Save Rivers

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

Save Rivers is not agreeable to the decision to proceed with the construction of the Trusan Dam as recently announced by Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, saying it is contrary to what was announced by his predecessor the late Tan Sri Datuk Patinggi Adenan Satem.

In a press statement yesterday, Peter Kallang, the chairman of SAVE Rivers, referred to a report in The Borneo Post on July 22 this year titled ‘Trusan Dam project to proceed as planned’, which quoted Abang Johari as saying the 100/200MW Trusan Dam in Lawas will be built after the completion of the 1295MW Baleh Dam in Kapit.

However, Kallang said in an interview with Channel News Asia in May 2016, Adenan had said the Baram Dam was scrapped as he had examined the matter, and there was no need to have another big dam.

He also said Adenan had mentioned: “We can have mini dams and so on, but not big dams especially when we don’t supply (power) to West Malaysia anymore.”

Thus, building another mega dam is not consistent with the wish of the late chief minister, Kallang pointed out, stressing that the modern and international trend is to build small hydroelectric dams that have minimum impact on the environment and the ecosystem.

He also said the late chief minister was really keen in renewable power source for the rural areas of Sarawak but questioned the need for Trusan Dam.

Kallang also quoted the then Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water Datuk Peter Chin as saying that there should not be any worry about power shortage in Sarawak after the commissioning of Bakun Dam.

“Now not only do we have the 2400MW Bakun Dam but also the 944MW Murum Dam and soon the 1295MW Baleh Dam. So why do we want to build the Trusan Dam?” he asked.

Source : The Borneo Post Online


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