KOTA KINABALU: Cooler heads must prevail as new information arises regarding the state government’s announcement to construct a dam in Kampung Bisuang in Papar to alleviate water problems on the West Coast, says Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.
The Chief Minister refuted allegations by certain quarters claiming that the proposed Papar Dam was merely a rehash of the controversial Kaiduan Dam project pushed by the previous Barisan Nasional government.
The Parti Warisan Sabah president acknowledged that party members Darell Leiking (Penampang MP), Jenifer Lasimbang (Moyog assemblyman) and Terence Siambun (former Moyog assemblyman) had raised concerns over the proposed Kaiduan Dam, and how it would affect their constituency of Penampang.
“It (the new dam) is not in Penampang. The new dam will be in Papar and managed by the Papar district council.
“I have already discussed this with them (Leiking, Lasimbang and Siambun) and that was why it was decided that the dam will not be built in Penampang,” Shafie said.
He said it was crucial to build a dam now and not wait until the water shortage hits.
On a separate matter, Shafie congratulated Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim for winning the PKR presidential post uncontested.
“It is one of Anwar’s responsibilities to ensure that PKR continue its contribution in uniting the rakyat, and making big changes in line with the rakyat’s wishes,” he said.
Leiking, who is also the International Trade and Industry Minister, said the government would hold active interactions with stakeholders and not rush the project.
He said he had been actively wooing potential investors for Sabah since his swearing-in last month.
“The same complaints about water and electricity problems in Sabah have been getting back to me.
“Investors won’t come until we solve our water supply and electric outage problems.
“That is a more serious problem now,” Darell told reporters after the launch of the state-level National Month celebrations at the Penampang District Council yesterday.
Last week, Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) accused Warisan of lying by making a “U-turn” on the Kaiduan Dam project.
PBS secretary-general Datuk Johnny Mositun claimed that Warisan went back on its promise to scrap the Kaiduan Dam project, and renamed it Papar Dam instead.