Abang Jo to table bill to develop Bakun Lake

Abang Johari (seventh right) with community leaders and elected representatives (from sixth right) Liwan, Ugak and Chukpai.

BELAGA, Dec 27: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg will table a bill at the State Legislative Assembly next year to pave way for the systematic development of Bakun Lake.

Abang Johari made the announcement while attending a Christmas gathering held in Belaga today.

He said many man-made islands appeared in Bakun Lake which was created after the impoundment of the Bakun Dam.

The Bakun Lake is about the size of Singapore where its expanse offers a picturesque landscape apart from its many small and big islands.

“I will table a law at Dewan Undangan Negeri next year to pave the way for systematic development of this lake primarily as a tourism asset,” he said at the Christmas Celebration held at Belaga.

He said now that Sarawak had full control of the dams including Bakun Dam which was acquired from the federal government earlier this year, the state was able to manage Bakun Lake and the hundreds of islands which have potential to be tourist attractions.

Abang Johari thanked the people here for their tremendous response to his first visit since becoming Chief Minister.

Earlier, Assistant Minister of Water Supply Datuk Liwan Lagang who is also Belaga assemblyman spoke.

Also present were Murum assemblyman Kennedy Chukpai Ugon, Hulu Rajang MP Datuk Wilson Ugak Kumbong, acting State Secretary Datu Jaul Samion, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Transportation Datu Safri Zainuddin and State Planning Unit Director, Datu Abu Bakar Marzuki. — DayakDaily