SPDP expects tough fight in Baram parliamentary seat

KUCHING, Aug 17 (Bernama) — Even though the Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) is confident of retaining all its four parliamentary seats in the coming general election, the Baram seat is expected to see a tough fight due to issues relating to the Baram dam construction, its president Tan Sri William Mawan said.

He said the party and state Barisan Nasional (BN) needed to win the people’s trust and confidence by going to the ground to rectify the situation so as to allay their unfounded fears on the proposed dam, which would affect more than 20,000 people from 25 settlements.

“I have told our Baram Member of Parliament (Datuk Jacob Sagan) to visit the longhouses and villages in the area and address their fears or else the opposition will jump in, not because they can solve their problems but they will try to appear to be the champions,” Mawan, who is also state Social Development Minister told a press conference here.

Apart from Baram, SPDP’s parliamentary constituencies are Bintulu, Mas Gading and Saratok.

He said people tended to spin negative publicity on the issue by capitalising on the people’s fears of being displaced as a result of the Bakun hydro electric dam project experience. — BERNAMA