Monday, December 20, 2010
Pehin Sri - Kapit set to be power hub
KAPIT: Kapit is set to be the state power hub, with the first generation of 1,000 megawatts of electricity from the Bakun Hydroelectric Project expected next year.
Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said Bakun, costing RM8 billion, which is the second biggest concrete rock-filled-dam after Shibuya Dam in China, is almost completed.
The first of its eight hydroelectric turbine-generator units is expected to be commission by June next year, after the reservoir is fully filled with water, after six months of impoundment which started in October this year.
He said after Bakun and another hydroelectric project currently being implemented, which is the Murum Dam, there are three more to be implemented.
Two of the projects are in Kapit division.
“We are planning now for Baleh, Pelagus and Baram (under Miri division) which will cost between RM8 and RM11 billion.
“The hydroelectric projects are now under feasibility study,” he said when officiated at the ‘Sejiwa Senada’ programme for Kapit Division held at civic centre here, yesterday.
He said Kapit was the best place for such development projects based on the intent of helping the people who are cut-off from modern civilization because of their sole dependence on the river for their daily lives.
“…and I intend to help them through a way that can eventually give them other new forms of income, besides of course, to avoid flood problems,” Taib said.
Relating his point on Bakun, he told the local residents to seize the opportunities made available through the project.
“Once completed, Bakun will have more than 60 islands and this will create another economic jackpot full of potential for the locals,” he exclaimed.
On another matter, he said some 200,000 hectares of Native Customary Right (NCR) land in the state have been turned into native estate, so far.
The land he said mostly used for plantation of crops like oil palm.
“This is a great achievement, to turn idle land into native estate,” he said.
Taib also advised the people to cooperate with government servants. He said it is important for them to keep close constant relationships with the people who implement the development machinery.
“It is because all development programmes planned by the government will not benefit the people if there is lack of cooperation between the government and the people concerned,” he warned.
A total of 155 booths from 94 state and federal agencies participated in the three-day programme.
Among those present were Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu, Minister of Housing and Urban Development Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg, Land Development Minister Dato Sri James Masing, State secretary Datuk Amar Morshidi Abdul Ghani, Deputy Minister of Rural and Regional Development Datuk Joseph Entulu, Kapit MP Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi, Hulu Rajang MP Datuk Billy Abit Joo, Katibas assemblyman Datuk Ambrose Blikau, Pelagus assemblyman Larry Sng and Jepak assemblyman Datuk Talip Zulpilip.