While the government AND Petronas are enjoying free money from East Malaysia oil and gas sales, and while the West Malaysian are enjoying super highways, LRT, Monorail, moderns malls, hotels and other infrastructures, the dwellers of longhouses in Sungai Asap are deprived of good roads.
The dwellers of those longhouses were resettled there to make way for the construction of multi-billion Ringgit Bakun hydro-dam. Once completed, the beneficiaries of the Bakun hydro-dam will be Tenaga Nasional, SESCO and orang malaya.
What has become of the fate of the natives who was chased away from the project site and resettled at Sungai Asap ? Like shit. They have lost their land and yeah, the land compensation money is probably all spend out. In addition, their new settlement is being ignored and the spot light now is more focusing on how much SESCO will charge Tenaga Nasional and Sarawak Aluminium Company on the electricity tariff. Sarawak Aluminium Company is jointly owned by global miner, Rio Tinto Ltd and Taib's Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd.
The authorities which include the state JKR , YB Billy Abit Joo - the MP of Hulu Rajang and ADUN for that area are all a bunch of hopeless. Even the road leading to the Sungai Asap resettlement are over-used by huge timber trucks and that make you wonder if Taib is making the road for the Sungai Asap resettlement or for the timber companies. Yeah, Taib does have direct and indirect shares on those timber companies.
* May 16, 2008: Sungai Asap resident calls for ACA probe
* Jun 10, 2008: Billy Abit received his Datukship while Sg Asap dwellers rewarded with muddy roads
* What's is wrong with roads in Malacca
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Source: theborneopost.com/?p=35405 (May 13, 2008)
Sungai Asap folk urge govt to repair road
By Danny Wong
SIBU: Residents from 15 longhouses in the Sungai Asap resettlement area near Bakun are appealing to the relevant authority to repair and maintain the Bintulu-Sungai Asap Road.
Speaking on their behalf, Danny Bungan, welfare chairman of the village security and development committee (JKKK) of Rumah Belor said many stretches along the road were now riddled with potholes and in deplorable state.
“The road has not been maintained for a long time,” he said.
Danny added to make matters worse, the settlers numbering about 10,000 share the road with trailers and giant timber lorries belonging to companies operating in the area.
“Those of us driving in smaller cars really feel intimidated by these lorries. We are wondering whether these lorries should be allowed to share the road as we feel, they should for the safety of the public, use alternative roads,” he said.
Danny said many requests for repair of the road had been made to the government but he regretted so far nothing much had been done.
He said it was extremely dangerous to use the road at night especially when it rained.
A number of accidents had happened when drivers trying to avoid the potholes, braked their vehicles and skidded due to the slippery or uneven surfaces.
“We really hope the government can do something about the road as soon as possible as Gawai Dayak holidays are approaching and traffic along this road will increase,” he pointed out.