Higher fees on the cards for Bau quarry operators

Sarawak Legislative Assembly Sitting, November 2017

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KUCHING, Nov 14: Serembu assemblyman Miro Simuh says the Bau District Council is drafting new regulations which will require quarry companies in Bau District to pay more instead of RM8,000 annually, affecting all the seven active quarries.

He said Serembu is the only constituency with this many active quarry operations.

While it may sound good to have an active quarry industry in the area, Miro said these quarries are a cause of misery for his constituents.

“The quarry operators are digging our resources and the locals get nothing, not even in terms of corporate social responsibility. Their (the locals) requests were never entertained.

“The road was damaged due to heavy loading and most of the lorries are overloaded.”

“Most of the accidents which happened along the Bau-Kuching Road involved these lorries. And what should the authority do to overcome this problem? Do we need to sacrifice our own people to make these tycoons millionaires?” asked Miro while debating on State Budget 2018 at the State Legislative Assembly here today.

He urged the relevant authority to enforce the law on every single quarry operation in Serembu constituency and throughout Sarawak.

He said safety of the people should not be something to be gambled with.

“Another shocking finding that was channeled to us was that the seven active quarries that are operating in Bau only contributed an amount of RM8,000 in fee payment to Bau District Council annually.”

He said with such an amount, the local council would not be able to maintain the road damaged by the quarry operators and other facilities which have been enjoyed by these companies.

“I urged the relevant authority to revise the fee payable to the local council by these quarry operators. RM8,000 per year for all the seven companies is really too little and is not justified,” Miro told the press when met at the State Legislative Assembly Complex today. — DayakDaily