KOTA KINABALU: The Parti Warisan Sabah-led state government is being questioned over its decision to bring China as an investor for the proposed Papar dam project. It was previously known as the Kaiduan dam.
PBS vice-president Datuk Johnny Mositun said the state government, which consisted of parties from the opposition prior to GE14, had voiced its objection to the dam then.
“And now they want China to invest in the controversial dam?” he asked.
He also noted that the name for the dam was changed from Kaiduan dam to Bisuang dam and “is now called the Papar dam”.
Although no exact location has been pinpointed for the construction of the Papar dam, he said he was sure it would be at the same spot as the Barisan Nasional proposed Kaiduan dam.
If Papar dam was to be built at another location, he said the Environmental Impact Assessment should be ongoing by now.
Opposition politicians prior to GE14, including those from Warisan, strongly objected to the construction of the Kaiduan dam, calling it “unnecessary” and that it posed “life threats to villagers”.
“But now all the leaders who have previously voiced their objection to the construction of the dam are keeping mum,” he said.
Last week, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal said they would be turning to China to bring in its investors to develop infrastructure in Sabah. Part of the state government’s focus was on port railway line connectivity and a dam to generate electricity.