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As a result, river communication by express boats was disrupted between Sibu and other towns such as Kanowit, Song and Kapit.
Tonnes of dead fish such as Sarawak’s famous fish empurau which cost about RM500 per kilo have been found floating in the river.
“I agree with (Land Development Minister) James Masing that this is an ecological disaster,” See said.
“I feel constrained to agree with Masing when he urged the state government not to take an ‘ostrich’ approach,” See said, adding that Masing’s call to his cabinet colleagues to take stern action was quite “bizarre”.
“It is certainly weird when he asked the state government not to adopt an ostrich approach (in tackling the problem). However, I would also like to call on Masing to keep his head above the sand and tell us what he has done in the Cabinet.
“This is the third ecological havoc which has seriously affected the livelihood of the people in Baleh,” he said.
The first disaster was at Ga’at in 2008 and the second at Sungai Tunoh last year.