KOTA KINABALU: Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) Limbahau candidate Datuk Johnny Mositun (pic) says he would put the brakes on the controversial Papar Dam if he secures the new state seat.
The PBS vice-president said the party had taken note of public objection to the mega project, which potentially impacts thousands of villagers as well as its natural surroundings.
Earlier this month, caretaker Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal announced that the RM3bil Papar Dam project would go ahead.
The proposed dam is situated within the Limbahau constituency, according to Mositun.
The new constituency, numbered N27, would see an eight-cornered fight between Parti Warisan Sabah Datuk Juil Nuatim, Aubrey G. Sham (Parti Cinta Sabah), Evelyn June Charlie (Parti Gagasan Rakyat Sabah), Michael Frederick (Liberal Democratic Party), Jainim binti Jaris @ Susanna Jainim (Usno) as well as independents Pius Lokium and Lawrence Francis @ Onjuman.
Mositun said Warisan Plus broke its GE14 promise to scrap the project and revived it after Barisan Nasional put a stop to the plan following public outcry.
"If I am elected as the Limbahau representative, I will fight to get government allocation for schools, develop tourism potential along the Papar River and promote modern agriculture and agro-based businesses, in order to elevate the people's economic status," he said in a statement.