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Papar folks support dam project
Published on: Friday, July 12, 2019
By: Hayati Dzulkifli

PAPAR: Several hundred people from various backgrounds and political affiliations gathered here to express full support for the recently approved RM3 billion Papar Dam at its new site near Kg Mondoringin along the Papar River.

They displayed placards stating that they fully support the project to resolve water woes here as well as to improve power supply via the two-in-one function dam.

Its spokesperson Datuk Juil Nuatim said they noted that the dam is needed not only here but also for tackling water woes in the West Coast of Sabah.

“We heard about the objections from certain quarters, including the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Penampang Division. But we, in Papar, support the present State Government’s firm decision to proceed with the project for the State and people’s interest.

“We need this dam because we feel that it is timely that our misery where seawater seeps into the water intake and into our piping can affect our health must be stopped and replaced with consistent and enough supply of water from a big dam.

“People’s need for stable and sufficient supply of water must be ‘first’ catered for before anything else because water is one of our basic needs,” he said.

Among those present in the group comprised from multiracial communities, government servants, politicians, NGO members and community leaders.

“Bersatu Penampang, which opposed the project, need not worry because the district has the Babagon Dam that channels enough supply of treated water unlike us in Papar.

Juil also cited how the Bakun Dam in Sarawak was objected to by certain quarters but after the Government completed the project, it generated a lucrative income to Sarawak and provided ample jobs to the people and built infrastructures in Bakun and nearby areas.

He is positive that nearby villages to the new Papar Dam site would similarly enjoy better physical development such as sealed roads heading to the dam and other facilities.

On July 9, it was reported that the State Government, particularly the Infrastructure Development Ministry, is firm on the decision to build the Papar Dam as it is could be a “path to many solutions” involving water woes and power supply.



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