PAPAR : The Member of Parliament for Papar, Ahmad Bin Hassan today extended his appreciation to the Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Mohd Shafie bin Haji Apdal with his announcement that the State Government will proceed with the construction of the Papar Dam.
He said that the acute shortage of water in the district necessitated building the dam and will boost the industrialization agenda in the West Coast of Sabah, particularly Papar.
“Papar is one of the fastest growing districts in Sabah and much of it is propelled through the Pan Borneo Highway project. So a stable and larger supply of water is needed to cater to future development in this district.
This is more so since more residential and commercial buildings are being built here that are sold at a much lower price compared to districts in Greater Kota Kinabalu such as Penampang, Putatan and Sepanggar,” he said in a statement today.
Ahmad also believes that the Papar Dam can play a major part in convincing foreign investors to come and invest in the district.
“Land, energy, water and human resources are the important enablers that investors normally would weigh in before deciding to invest in any area in Malaysia.
Out of the four (enablers), Papar has three where it has large land mass and gas can be outsourced from Kimanis – the only thing left is to have stable supply of water and Papar Dam is the solution for this,” he said.
Ahmad also acknowledged the reservations and objections forwarded by a small group of people from Kg. Terian, Penampang regarding the proposal to build the dam but assures them that a discussion with the affected villagers is a must to explain in detail what benefits the government has to offer for their well-being.
“Warisan aspires to implement the process transparently and to do so, we need to engage with the affected stakeholders so that the State Government will understand their concerns.
I don’t have the finer details of the dam but since the dam will be located in this district and as the Member of Parliament for Papar, I can always arrange for discussions to be held between the affected stakeholders and the Government.
The proposal itself will be subjected to procedures such as a feasibility study, environmental report, compensation and socio-impact study on affected stakeholders so there’s still several processes to go,” he concluded.