PBS fumes: Dam if we do it, not dam if you do it?


KOTA KINABALU: Opposition party PBS has slammed the Warisan state government for deciding to go ahead with a dam project despite the fact that they once objected to a similar dam project proposed by the previous goverment.

PBS vice-president Datuk Johnny Mositun accused the state government of not walking the talk.

He also took issue with the idea of roping in investors from China.

According to Mositun, the state government, formed by parties from the opposition side prior to GE14, often voiced their objection to the Kaiduan dam that the Barisan Nasional government pushed for.

They said it was "unnecessary" and "posed life threats to villagers", he stated.

“But now all the leaders, who previously voiced their objection to the construction of the dam, are keeping mum. And now they want China to invest in the controversial dam?” he asked.

Mositun said no exact location had been pinpointed for the construction of the new dam called Papar, but he added that he was certain it would be in the exact location proposed for Kaiduan.

He said he was sure of this because if Papar dam was to be built in another location, the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report would be underway by now.

“Everything they (government) say is different from what they do,” he added.

Mositun's comments follow the statement by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal that they would be turning to China to bring in reputable investors to develop the infrastructure in Sabah.

He said the state government’s focus on port and rail connectivity, as well as a dam to generate electricity, was with an eye for a future industrialised Sabah.

Shafie made this statement when China's Industry and Information Technology Minister Miao Wei paid him a courtesy call.