Borneo Post Dated 10th Sep 2010 / Friday
MIRI: Telang Usan assemblyman Lihan Jok reiterated that the Baram hydroelectric dam project is a gift from God for the minority Orang Ulu.
“I am not ashamed to say that the mega project is a gift from God because as a result of the project the government will build a 60-km road from Long Lama to the dam site at Long Keseh, benefitting about 12,000 Kayans from nine longhouses along the river,” he said.
Baram Dam is a gift from GOD…What’s a joke?
“Of course there are certain groups instigating the people to reject this project. In life, one has to accept challenges. If the Orang Ulu reject this project, there won’t be an opportunity like this for a very, very long time, maybe not during our lifetime on earth,” said Lihan.
Tha actual “GIFT” from GOD is the environment and the peoples of Baram and NOT the Baram Dam… Baram Dam is just a destroyer of GOD “GIFT” to Baram..I can’t understand how Lihan cannot differentiate this..
I’m pretty sure that he knows the impact of this project toward environment and human life which is the actual a “GIFT” from GOD. This project for sure will cause devastating problems. Thousand of indigenous peoples will be displaced and resettled out from their ancestral domain lands. Huge areas of forest have to be cleared. This will caused fauna destroyed, animal and marine species become extinct not to mention what it can caused to the soils, rivers, climate etc.
Do Baram peoples have to let go their value just to get a road links which claimed to come together with the Baram Dam Project? Can I say that, if there is no Baram Dam then there will be no road? If that is true, Baram peoples have to really consider who they will vote in coming general election.
Source:-Lihan insists Baram dam a gift for Orang Ulu