Malaysia: Baram dam project shelved, says Sarawak Chief Minister

ADIB POVERA New Straits Times 18 Nov 15;

KUCHING: Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem today announced that the proposed construction of the Baram Hydroelectric Dam Project (HEP) has been shelved.

Met after the state-level Public Service Day event held at the Borneo Convention Centre here, Adenan said the construction of dam has been called off "until further notice".

"In the meantime, it (the project) will not proceed," said Adenan.

Earlier in his speech during the event, Adenan said those who had opposed the construction of the dam should also be aware of what the fallout would be.

“We respect their decision for opposing the project.

We also hope they understand the impact of refusing it as they will miss out on related project which are beneficial to them, such as roads and other necessities,” he said.

The HEP had come under heavy criticism from anti-dam campaigners, who had opposed its construction.

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