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Bridge or Water? March 6, 2012

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Which is more important, building the water dam costing about RM200 million at Merotai or the Semporna to Bum-Bum Island Bridge that cost RM460 million?

Recently, Tawau had gone without water for four days and some areas more than a week, but the government does not see the importance to hasten the construction of the Dam at Merotai.

The government that claims to know what to do, what is the best for the people, ‘prihatin’, ‘people first’ seemed to forget that water is the most important thing and basic everyday need for everyone.

Does the RM460 million bridge in Semporna will benefit every Semporna people? Who will it benefit?

Building the dam at Merotai will benefit the people in Kalabakan and Tawau and it only cost RM200 million.

The water dam at Merotai will benefit about half a million people who resides in the Kalabakan and Tawau parliamentary, but the bridge will benefit maybe about 50,000 people at Bum-Bum Island.

Proposal for the dam was made since 1985 and the land was already acquired in 1990 where about 600 acres and 75 per cent was paid for. Since water is the most basic importance the dam should be implemented first and the bridge later.

Constructing the bridge is only a luxury and I ask the government what is the rational to constructing the bridge at the moment when our economy is not so good. The bridge will cause lost of income to water-taxi operators plying the mainland to the island.

Water is the basic need of the people and to their health as well. Constructing the dam will also address the flood and drought problem as claimed by the government and BN Ybs.

I am not opposing the bridge construction for the long term but the money now is most urgently needed to build the Merotai water dam.

This bridge is not a priority project. It can wait. This dam is important as it will overcome many problems faced by the people in Kalabakan and Tawau for more than 30 years.

2nd hand Generators for Tawau again March 6, 2012

Posted by wong jimmy in electricity.
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The Sabah government must insist on new generators instead of second-hand generators that will be installed at Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) site near Taman Millennium East by TNB.
      SESB is in the process of preparing the site to place two 32 megawatt generators at the site, but the problem is that the two generators that will be provided are second-hands from Langkawi.
     Again, why are used generators being sent to Tawau. We object to anything that is not new. The government under the Super Corridor must insist on brand new generators. We don’t want a super second-hand corridor.
    Tawau should get new generators as the people are paying taxes and those in oil palm plantation sector are paying three taxes compared to their counterpart in the peninsular. Why should we be treated different? Why are being treated as second-class citizens?
    The Chief Minister should take note, as a leader he should not allow these second-hand generators. These generators will breakdown anytime.
    Sabahans should be enjoying news ones just like in peninsular who are getting everything new.
    I also would like to remind Foreign Minister Datuk Anifa Aman whose statement in the parliament that Malaysia has a big bungalow but Sabah stays in toilets. I hope he will continue to fight for equality.
    SESB must have long term plan and foresees things ahead in years to come and accepting second hand generator is not a wise solution. We don’t want to be a dump-site for 2nd hands things.