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Without Bakun’s electricity Sarawak already has ample reserve of electricity supply. In addition there are new coal-fired power plants started in many areas including Bintulu. So: what can the extra 300MW power from Bakun HEP dam do for Sarawak’s energy needs? Unless there are new industry need for the electricity the extra power from Bakun actually will not go anywhere! As a suggestion: may be the government should channel the electricity to the Sg Asap residents who moved out of their ancestral homes to make way for Bakun dam! Currently there are numerous households in Sg Asap who cannot afford the high cost of electricity and live in darkness for years. If the Bakun electricity can be supplied to them first then it will hold much meaning to these folks who had made much sacrifice towards Bakun dam’s construction.

Energy boost from Bakun

by Peter Sibon, reporters@theborneopost.com. Posted on August 6, 2011, Saturday

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The system of `community leaders’ in Sarawak are strange positions: they are selected by the BN, paid allowance through the government and put under obligation to campaign for BN, which coincidentally also help to secure their positions. Many problems with such `community leaders’.Firstly if they are civil servants they should remain neutral as all civil servants are supposed to be. If they are political appointees they should not be paid by the public’s fund. Actually the appointment of such `community leaders’ who put the party ahead of representing their own community, destroy the pre-existing system of selecting the community leaders in Sarawak-turning these appointees into BN’s campaigners -often at the expense of the community themselves. For the sake of fairness the system of appointment should be returned to the pre-existing system ASAP! Below is a news cutting which embody the problems of party-appointed `community leaders’ who feel obliged to campaign for BN even before election start!

Be cool and pragmatic, Lun Bawang community told

Posted on August 6, 2011, Saturday(Borneo Post)

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Reduction In Access To Land Affects Livelihood Of Indigenous People – Joas

PENAMPANG, Aug 6 (Bernama) — The increasing challenge of getting access to land and forest is proving to be a hindrance to the indigenous people in the country, who solely rely on such resources for their livelihood.

Indigenous Peoples Network of Malaysia (JOAS) president Thomas Jalong said it has always been the case as big parcels of land are given to big companies and developers for mega projects, at the expense of the communities who actually require land to source for their basic need.
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The Perak Election Commission took off 1384 old voters suspected to have passed away, from the electoral roll. This is not the first time the EC do this despite their constant resistance against this on account that they had not received any death certificate from the National Registration Department. After the expose of many dead voters in 2006 Sarawak state elections the EC did pro-actively removed hundreds of dead voters from the subsequent by-elections in Permatang Pauh-without actually spelling out how they determine if the person involved was dead. So the real issue is: the EC should make an effort to determine the death of the voters before they delete their names! Perak election observers had made checks on centenarian voters in Perak and found a few of them did still walk around on a walking stick! And the excuse of no death certificate by the EC is suspect as the 3 dead voters in Nangka, Sibu did have death certificate issued by the NRD/JPN-why the EC did not delete their names? Some inefficiency is probably occuring in the EC’s registration system!

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