Penampang folk want govt to rethink dam decision


KOTA KINABALU: Following the announcement that the proposed Papar dam will be moved back to Penampang, villagers set to be affected by the controversial project, are calling on the state government to reconsider its decision.

Taskforce Against Kaiduan Dam (Takad) spokesman Diana Sipail, in representing her villagers, said they were not only disappointed but devastated by the decision announced by state Public Works Minister Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin.

She questioned if the leaders were ignoring the environmental toll this project would bring.

“It is like they have forgotten their responsibilities to care for the environment and to protect the rights of the natives, ” Sipail said.

She also called out Bung for his “irresponsible act”.

Sipail said the dam project, which was first proposed in Moyog (Penampang), was relocated to Papar and renamed the Papar Dam, and still met with strong objection from villagers and environmentalists.

She said lawmakers in the state should reconsider their decision and opt for a more environmentally friendly approach to the matter.

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