Masing requests for Baram Dam access road funding to be reallocated to Sg Tunoh road

Masing (third left) meeting with Rahman Dahlan (fourth left) today in Putrajaya. From left: Nanta, Wilson, and Ugak.

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KUCHING, Nov 14: Infrastructure Development and Transportation Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing is confident that the allocation for the Baram HEP dam access road may be transferred to build Sungai Tunoh Road.

The total amount allocated for Baram HEP access road is RM690 million.

Masing said he had met with the minister in charge of Economic Planning Unit Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan, who is Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department earlier today to discuss the matter.

Also present at the meeting were Rural and Regional Development Deputy Minister Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi, Pelagus assemblyman Wilson Nyabong Ijang and Hulu Rajang MP Datuk Wilson Ugak Kumbong.

“The money (RM690 million) was meant to build a road to Baram HEP but since the people of Baram rejected the dam, I asked that the sum of RM690 million be diverted to build a road to Sungai Tunoh, Baleh, a subsidiary road from the Baleh Dam access road.

The Deputy Chief Minister said the allocation is already with the state government.

“The money is with the Sarawak government. We just need to ask for Notice of Change from Baram Road to Baleh Road.

“I am confident that we will get the funds, by early next year,” Masing told the DayakDaily today. — DayakDaily