There are many excuses used to coax the villagers in Baram to leave them home so that the government can build more dams in the state and sell to the energy guzzling industries. Among them is the excuse that taking the villagers out of a `poverty area’ will be good to improve their life!They forget to tell the villagers that once they are taken out of their land their original cashless poverty will turn into everything-less poverty! The Long Naah village here has been a village visited by Meo-Net before where there are 20 over villagers without personal documents. They had been to Long San to catch the JPN’s mobile registration units. However twice they failed to go to the front of the queues. They were then asked to wait for the mobile unit to arrive at their door step. Then the deadline at end of last year came and gone. The mobile units never came. No explanation thus far as to the failure of the mobile units to arrive there. Would the villagers be happy with the government’s promises again???
Help ensure dam’s success, Orang Ulu told
by Norni Mahadi, email@example.com. Posted on April 22, 2012, Sunday
MEMENTO FOR YOU: Liwan (fifth right) receives a souvenir from a representative of Kampung Na’ah while Dennis (left), Torstein (second right), Lihan (third right), Ose (fourth right) and Wan Saging (right) look on.
MIRI: The state government needs total cooperation from the Orang Ulu community and its constructive input towards the proposed implementation of Baram hydroelectric dam project.
Assistant Minister of Culture and Heritage Liwan Lagang said such contributions in the form of ideas and suggestions were vital to help the government to tackle the community’s issue effectively.
“Criticism from the positive perspective is good. However, the criticism would be meaningless without suggestion for improvement,” he stated in his address when officiating at a briefing on the proposed Baram hydroelectric dam at Kampung Na’ah, Baram, some five hours land journey via logging roads from Miri city, last Friday.
Liwan, who is also Belaga assemblyman, shared the success story of Bakun hydroelectric dam.
He said further cooperation from the affected people at Bakun dam has made the project possible.
The most important thing, he pointed out, was discussion, which had made the implementation of the project a real success.
In view of that, he welcomed ideas from the Orang Ulu community on how to address the dam related community issues comprehensively.
The government needs a pool of brilliant ideals and suggestions from members of the community especially those with professional backgrounds.
Chairman of Baram Hydroelectric Dam Development and Consultation Committee Senator Lihan Jok had also called the people in Baram to open up their mind with visionary thinking.
He had wanted them to look at the implementation of the proposed dam from a positive point of view, particularly in terms of development.
The proposed dam, he said, would further serve as a nucleus to the development of Baram, which would help to spur and accelerate fast development in the area.
He also said that Kedaya Telang Usan had been identified as one of the areas with high poverty rate in Baram.
Thus, he had called the people there to be far-sighted and to give the government a chance, to take them out from the poverty circle.
Also present were Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau, Deputy State Secretary Datuk Ose Murang, chief executive officer (CEO) of Sarawak Energy Berhad Torstein Dale Sjotveit and Kampung Na’ah chief Wan Saging.