KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government's statements about the Papar dam and the Tanjung Aru Eco Development (TAED) project are a "huge disappointment" for the people of Sabah, says the Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP).
The party's secretary-general Datuk Richard Yong We Kong (pic) said the announcement made by Infrastructure Development Minister Datuk Peter Anthony on Tuesday (June 25) raised great concerns among Sabahans.
"This is yet another promise broken by the Parti Warisan Sabah-led government," he said in a statement on Wednesday (June 26).
He said prior to this, various ministers including Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Junz Wong and Tourism, Cultural and Environment Minister Datuk Christina Liew had promised that the TAED project would be scrapped once they formed the government.
"Soon after the 14th General Election, Wong had proudly announced that TAED has been cancelled," Yong said.
"They owe Sabahans an explanation and an apology for misleading the people on false hopes," Yong said, adding that it was a mistake to ignore public outcry.
On Tuesday, Anthony had said that the government has found a better location for the much-needed Papar dam, which would not affect people in Penampang who have been vocally against the dam.
As for the TAED, he said the project would improve the livelihood of the people and that it will not be the same as the initial project as planned by the then-Barisan Nasional government.