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The Star. 31 July 2008
KUCHING: Plans for Sarawak’s proposed hydroelectric dams will take the environment into consideration.
Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said this was in line with the state’s overall development policy which included environmental concerns.
“We don’t just plan a dam without thinking of what the consequences will be on the people and the environment.
“Planning for the environment and planning for a dam are all part of one process,” he said yesterday.
Speaking in a special interview session with the media in conjunction with Sarawak’s 45th anniversary of independence, the Chief Minister added that no state government would undertake a project that would destroy the environment.
“We are responsible about the environmental quality of our lives. We want to hand over to future generations an environment that’s much more pleasant and I think we in Sarawak can do that,” he said.
He also said economic and environmental interests had to be balanced for the sake of bringing development to the people.
“We cannot allow smaller interests to derail the future of the state. Suppose we stopped building dams out of respect for the environmentalists, what would the people of Sarawak get? Would the economic problem or poverty be solved?”
Taib also said the state’s target was to produce up to 28,000MW of power by 2030 through the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (Score) in the central region.
“This has to be planned right now because industries will not come in ahead of your planning. They normally respond to your planning so you have to create a situation where you can supply so much energy by a certain date,” he said.
After that, he said the emphasis would be on developing infrastructure such as roads and ports to serve the energy-intensive industries that would be coming into the state.
ps : Learn more about Taib Mahmud here. Enjoy…
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