KUCHING — November 18, 2015: The Sarawak government has decided to shelf the controversial Baram hydroelectric power dam for now.
According to Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem, this is because the people in Baram do not welcome the dam, which is one of 12 that the state had planned to develop and would have produced 1,200 megawatts of power.
“We will proceed with the Baleh Dam in Kapit instead as the people there support the project,” Adenan said when officiating the state-level Civil Service Day celebration attended by some 7,500 civil servants.
Adenan added that Baram folks would have themselves to blame if they complain of the lack of development which mega projects like the Baram dam could bring to their area.
On another matter, he mentioned that the state would allow official correspondence be in both English and the Bahasa Malaysia.
“My strong stand on English has irritated some of the so-called nationalists, who accuse me of being anti-nationalistic and anti-patriotic. Advocating English has nothing to do with patriotism or nationalism. It is just being realistic,” Adenan remarked.
He said not being fluent in both spoken and written English has put many graduates in the country at a big disadavantage.
Ï have read in the newspapers that than more than 1,000 doctors in Malaysia who had completed their studies gave up their medical career because of a poor command of English. This is indeed very sad.”
He added it was equally sad that there were 45,000 graduates who could not find proper jobs due to their inability to speak and write decent English.
Adenan also advised civils servants entrusted to make decisions to do so fast and decisively, especially when confronting issues affecting the people’s welfare and wellbeing and especially in times of emergencies caused by natural disasters. — Bernama