Ignorance leads to resentment

by Peter Sibon, reporters@theborneopost.com. Posted on October 2, 2012, Tuesday

Masing says lack of understanding cause of Penans’ hostility towards Murum Dam, calls for more dialogue

KUCHING: The state government will explain in greater details to the Penan community affected by the construction of the Murum hydro-electric dam in Kapit Division so that they will understand the benefits of the project.

Land Development Minister Tan Sri James Masing stressed that there was a need for better communication between the implementers of the project and the people at the grassroots.

“I have made a recommendation to the steering committee to include Assistant Minister of Culture and Heritage Liwan Lagang to be part of the team which oversees the implementation of the project.

“Liwan has vast experience working with the Penans in Murum even before he joined politics.

“My recommendation to the steering committee is that we need to have a better communication system so that any change that we make must be for the better,” Masing told The Borneo Post here yesterday.

Masing pointed out that the Penan in Murum were not against the project per se but they were unhappy with some of the things which were implemented without being properly informed.

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  1. Only now, when Murum Dam is about 75% completed, you say there is a lack of communication, Masing? What happen during the planning stage?


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