‘Peo­ple af­fected by Bakun, Mu­rum dams want prom­ises kept’

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KUCH­ING: The peo­ple of Mu­rum es­pe­cially those af­fected by both the Bakun and Mu­rum hy­dro­elec­tric power ( HEP) dams want the gov­ern­ment to ful­fil its prom­ises.

Mu­rum as­sem­bly­man Ken­ndey Chuk­pai Ugon said the peo­ple af­fected by the two mega dams at Bakun Re­set­tle­ment Scheme (BRS), Teg­u­lang and Me­talun felt that they have been marginalised and thus urged the gov­ern­ment to ad­dress the is­sues am­i­ca­bly.

“I will con­tinue to high­light the prom­ises to those af­fected by the two mega HEP dams at this au­gust House un­til they are ful­filled. They have sac­ri­ficed their an­ces­tral lands for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of these mega dams and they have been very pa­tient in wait­ing for the an­swers for these prom­ises but their rights and wel­fare have some­how been side­lined,” Chuk­pai said dur­ing his de­bate in sup­port of the Sup­ply Bill (2018) 2017 at the State Leg­isla­tive Assem­bly here yes­ter­day.

He dis­closed that among the press­ing needs of his peo­ple in all the long­houses in Mu­rum are ba­sic ameni­ties such as clean and treated wa­ter and elec­tric­ity through Sarawak Al­ter­na­tive Ru­ral Wa­ter Sup­ply (Sawas), Ru­ral Elec­tri­fi­ca­tion Scheme ( RES) and Sarawak Al­ter­na­tive Ru­ral Elec­tri­fi­ca­tion Scheme ( Sares) re­spec­tively.

“Cur­rently, many long­houses in my area have no ac­cess to these ba­sic ameni­ties. On top of that I hope ru­ral schools such as SK Lu­song Laku, SK Long Urun, SK Kuala Ke­bulu, SMK Bakun, SK Batu Kel­ing, SK Long Gang, SK Teg­u­lag and SK Me­talun be up­graded so they can have an en­vi­ron­ment more con­ducive, com­fort­able and not lack­ing in or­der to pro­duce qual­ity hu­man cap­i­tal to pro­pel Sarawak to greater heights,” he said.

Chuk­pai also high­lighted the ur­gency for the gov­ern­ment to give out 922 lots un­der Sec­tion 18 of the Land Code, as an­nounced by Deputy Chief Min­is­ter Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Je­mut Mas­ing dur­ing the last state elec­tion, which in­volved land premium amount­ing to RM888,510.

“On top of that, we would also like to re­quest from the gov­ern­ment to pay back the land premium amount­ing to RM2,343,042 to 1,178 af­fected fam­i­lies which have been de­ducted from their land com­pen­sa­tion. If the land is given out un­der Sec­tion 18 ( Per­pe­tu­ity) then the land premium should be free and the premium be re­funded,” he pointed out.

The first- term Mu­rum as­sem­bly­man also re­quested that 2,450 acres of un­suit­able land for farm­ing be re­placed.

“We hope that the Land and Sur­vey Depart­ment will ex­pe­dite the is­suance of more fer­tile land for the af­fected com­mu­ni­ties as the site has been iden­ti­fied,” he re­it­er­ated.

Chuk­pai also urged the gov­ern­ment to give out ad­di­tional three acres of land per fam­ily as promised by Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Tun Razak at Uma Belor on Jan 16, 2011.

“We would like to re­quest for ex­tra land for farm­ing and hous­ing for ex­tended 1,264 fam­i­lies at BRS, Sg Asap,” said Chuk­pai.

On a re­lated is­sue, he high­lighted the need for the gov­ern­ment to give 302 res­i­den­tial lots and 284 agri­cul­ture lots for re­set­tlers at Me­talun and Teg­u­lang.

“We hope the is­suance of land ti­tles be ex­pe­dited so re- set­tlers can par­tic­i­pate in com­mer­cial farm­ing and im­prove their liveli­hood,” he em­pha­sised.

Mean­while, Chuk­pai urged the gov­ern­ment to up­grade for­mer log­ging roads in Me­talun and Teg­u­lang ur­gently.

Kennedy Chuk­pai Ugon

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