Lachau residents installed mini-hydro before-why not Bengoh villagers?
|Bojong villagers formed committee to oversee mini hydro installation|
Our effort to install mini hydro for ulu Bengoh had attracted interests: a reader of the news about the Bengoh villagers trying to instal mini hydro informed us of a successful attempt to bring electricity to long house folks-in Lachau, near Sri Aman in recent years. If the folks there can do it -why not folks in Bengoh villages? Yet from another friend the location has now been supplied with electricity from SESCO -so the mini hydro is either lying idle or could be sold off? Read on:
|Now, they have electricity…self supplied|
|Saturday, 28 July 2007|
|Tony Thien (Malaysiakini) For the residents of the 14-door Iban longhouse in Kampung Abok Mawang, located 150km on the Kuching-Sri Aman Road, the one invaluable lesson they have learnt well is about the importance of self-reliance and initiative to make things better for themselves.
At the corner of every general elections, they heard promises that electricity from the state utility company would come to the longhouse, situated along the highway, soon. But those promises have remained largely unfulfilled.
The brain behind the self-help project is Jacob Emang, 58, (left) a former senior education officer and now a businessman.
With help from a Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) research & development team, headed by lecturer Martin Anyi and his colleagues, and a Public Works Department (PWD) team, headed by engineer Martin Jemut and his friends from Kuching and Sri Aman, they planned for a community-based micro mini hydro electric project, using the river half a kilometer away from the longhouse near the foot of the Klingkang Range as the source to power the turbine.
Labour was provided on a gotong-royong basis by the 200 longhouse people.
Martin Anyi and his friends volunteered on weekends to help with the project, Martin Jemut and his friends provided essential materials and supervised the construction, and the longhouse folks supplied the electrical wires.
Read more here.