At a recent book launch the Guests of Honour was all full of praise for the author which seemingly elevated him to “GOD LIKE STATUS“. His smile broaden and the face lit up and at that particular moment he could even walk on water the person who sat next to me whispered.
However and true to form the accolades stopped, He was not prepared for what was coming.This phrase commonly used and associated with football TV commentators worldwide,” Is there a twists in the tail reared its ugly head.??”
The words came out openly”I am not too particulary amused or excited with your words and cannot agree with your sentence” Damn the Dams“.The Jaws dropped from mosts of the invited guests and there must be a far reaching effect especially coming from a seasoned and veteran Senior politician.
Could he be refering to the 6 Million Dollar Bionic Man.?? No,Of course the politician wanted to inform in so many words but not revealing the true facts but just singlehandedly handed a knock out blow to the author and the people of Sarawak.
He cleverly camouflaged it and pinpointed it out at the master initiator of this project “If not for the Damned Dams, life for us politicians would be so much easier.”
The DAM ISSUE Now with a price tag of 6 Billion will be the TOP weapon used by the opposition. Do we need to be “very imaginative and put on our thinking caps” on how they will use it to their advantage and capitalise to win some votes over?
In the next few weeks or months leading to the elections the Bakun Dam issue will not just take a back seat. It will be up to the politicians from both sides be it BN/PR to handle this issue. The following article below extracted from an internet portal and is also a news feed from Bernama.
“We have made our bid (RM6 billion), the bid is flexible in the sense that if the method of payment can be made lighter we can increase a bit more, but there is limit to what we can pay,” he told reporters after attending an Aidifitri open house at Kem Penrissen Batu 8 in Kuching today.
Taib (right) said the negotiations on the matter (the state buying over the project) were still ongoing and that a final decision had yet to be reached.
According to him, the federal government had yet to put a price tag on the project which is estimated to have incurred costs exceeding RM7.3 billion.
The Bakun project, Malaysia’s largest hydroelectric dam, is located on the Balui River in the upper Rejang River basin, some 37km upstream from Belaga.
The hydroelectricity project was first mooted in the early 1980s by the federal government to diversify the country’s power sources and was first awarded to Ekran Bhd, a company controlled by Tan Sri Ting Pek Khing.
The physical work on the dam started in 1994. Sarawak Hidro was established to take over the project’s development and management in 2000 after the Asian financial crisis of 1997-98 crippled the
At end-2002, a Sime Darby-led consortium won a competitive tender to undertake the civil works for the dam for less than RM1.8 billion.
The Bakun Dam, the second tallest concrete rock-filled dam in the world, is expected to be completed this December.
About 300 MW of hydropower from the first turbine are expected to be generated by the middle of next year. It will have the capacity to generate 2,400 MW of power when all eight turbines are in place by 2012.