Green light to Bakun Cable but what is our gain?

I  am wondering how much Sarawak is selling electricity to the West Malaysian. When the funding comes from the Federal Government, does it means, Sarawak will not be ‘selling’ its natural resources to them?

The State Government have to be transparent with this deal, or else, the rakyat will be in the dark. The last time we heard about the cable project, it was only heard as “plan to revive” and today, the minister announces it has obtained the green light!

How come the people of Sarawak are not well inform of this? Who and when did they talk about it without the media coverage?

Worst – the recent case of Rh. Nyawin which is just about half an hour from Bakun! The losses have started to appear, and the gains have always been swept under the carpet.

Yo! people, Bakun Dam is the blue eye project of Pak Lah, and we have to be clear about this matter. Say, I am anti-government about this, yes I do, IF it is not clearly explained to the people.. They took 95% of our oil and gas revenue, and now at what percentage will they take our natural resources and put the whole of the third division exposed to natural disaster, if the dam broke down!.. Yalarrr, all the geological studies conducted will favour them, just like all the collapsed condos in Klang over the years. They are good with reports anyway.

And, if the Education Minister failed to deliver his promise by end 2007, the people of Sarawak have all the rights not to vote the Barisan Nasional no matter who stands in that constituency.

Extract from New Straits Times 
By Deborah Loh

PUTRAJAYA: The revival of the Bakun cable project looks like a done deal.

The strongest indication yet that the undersea cable project, from the Bakun dam in Sarawak to the peninsula, is on again came yesterday from Energy, Water and Communications Minister Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik.

He said that within 10 years hydro power will provide 30 per cent of the nation’s electricity needs.

In the past, Dr Lim has called for more hydro power in the fuel mix of oil, natural gas, coal and a minimal amount of hydro power. This is the first time he has mentioned a definite figure.

“In the next two years, all new power plants will run on hydro. This will lower our use of natural gas and coal.

“Our fuel mix has been wrongly planned. Power producers rushed to use natural gas without thinking of the long term. Now we have to re-do the fuel mix. We will push for hydro power to make up 30 per cent. So it makes sense to have the undersea cable project,” Dr Lim said after the ministry’s monthly assembly.

Last year, he announced that the government was considering reviving the undersea cable project to bring electricity from Bakun to Yong Peng, Johor, where it would join the national grid.

The RM9 billion project will involve laying a 670km-long network of cables to transport up to 5,000 kilowatts of electricity. Two new hydro-power plants have also been proposed for Sarawak.

The ministry is leaning towards hydro power as crude oil reserves are projected to last another 19 years, and natural gas, 33 years. The price of coal has also been rising.

Although Malaysia is “nowhere near” being a net producer of carbon dioxide through the burning of fossil fuels, Dr Lim said proper energy planning was needed to avoid that situation.

An undersea cable was part of the original plan for the Bakun hydro-electric project, due for completion in 2009.

Two years after the 1997 economic crisis, the project was scaled down. The then prime minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, announced the project would generate less electricity, only for Sabah and Sarawak, and the cable would be scrapped. In 2001, the government said this would reduce the price tag of the project, estimated then at RM13.5 billion, by a third.

Dr Lim has been reported as saying that the undersea cable would provide electricity to the peninsula from 2014.

Yesterday, he said Malaysians should not close their minds to nuclear power as natural energy resources declined.

“Going nuclear is a long way off, but you can’t dismiss it. We have enough hydro power to last until 2030, and after that we may start thinking about nuclear power.”

Last August, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis said Malaysia may explore nuclear energy for power generation if oil prices rose to US$100 (RM360) a barrel.

On the electricity supply to flood-devastated areas, Dr Lim said Tenaga Nasional had restored power to most homes, except for those with damaged meters.

2 thoughts on “Green light to Bakun Cable but what is our gain?”

  1. Bakun is not a problem,in fact, it is a blessing in disguise for some. There is no shortage of work for Sarawakians at Home. Graduates can now work in Farms, Dams, Oil Companies, Plantations, Banks, etc.

    There’s also work for most Longhouse folk in the plantations, that is if they can compete in the plantation industry. The financial benefits are huge.

    As for flooding, not going to happen. The engineering work there is 6 Stars.

  2. Job creation is good for ordinary people if foreign cheaper labour is not imported but the big gainers are perhaps the politically connected businessmen. For some, how about buying the shares of the companies involved?

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