Cascading dams can curb crocodile breeding apart from producing energy, says Sarawak Premier

Abang Johari (front, centre) is seen during the site visit in Bintulu on Sept 18, 2023. Photo credit: Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas)

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By Shikin Louis

BINTULU, Sept 18: Cascading dams in Sarawak rivers will not only help to aerate the water with oxygen but also perhaps prevent crocodile breeding, says Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He said the proposed cascading dams do not need to be built in a large area as long as the river has streams.

“When there are cascading dams, there will be waterfalls, which means the river will be able to produce oxygen.

“Secondly, the river will become ‘berkocak’ (turbulent) and therefore, perhaps there will be no crocodiles.

“Unless if the river is still, the crocodiles could breed,” he said during a press conference after visiting the Sarawak Methanol Project site in Bintulu today.

He further associated the comparatively lesser human activity on Sarawak rivers today with the increasing number of crocodile related cases including attacks and sightings.

“This is because we already have road accessibility. For example, we already have a road from Sibu to Kapit and thus, express boat services are now reduced or non-existent at all.

“The said road is now connected up to Sungai Mujong (Kapit) so this means the river has become quiet and I was made to understand more crocodiles have been spotted on land.

“If we can build cascading dams on main rivers like Pelagus, this will help apart from producing energy,” he added. — DayakDaily