Malaysia: Sabah Water Department has Lost Credibility, Cancel Proposed Kaiduan dam

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    Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS) commends the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) for its boldness in arresting and investigating the Director and Deputy Director of the Sabah Water Department for alleged corruption. MACC on October 6, displayed approximately RM114 million worth of items and cash, obtained allegedly from kickbacks involving RM3.3 billion worth of federal projects starting as far back as 2010.

    This disclosure has called into question all existing, implemented or proposed projects and contracts by the Sabah Water Department, and in particular the proposed Kaiduan dam. JOAS therefore calls on the Sabah Government to immediately cancel the construction of Kaiduan dam as the Department has lost all credibility, and in particular, Teo Chee Kong as the Deputy Director, who has been leading the effort to persuade the public to agree on the controversial dam project.

    JOAS concurs with Moyog Assemblyman, Terrence Siambun that the research and study on Sabah’s water supply needs and the Kaiduan dam may have been influenced by the Sabah Water Department Director Awang Mohd Tahir Mohd Talib, who represents the Department in the Sabah Water Resources Council.

    JOAS is also appalled that Sabah Deputy Chief Minister, Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan is taking the matter lightly when he said yesterday that he hoped the two officers can explain themselves properly to the MACC so they can return to work peacefully after the investigations ends.

    If the duo are found guilty, Pairin should resign as the Minister directly responsible for the State Water Department.

    Jannie Lasimbang
    JOAS Secretary General
    *** for any queries, please contact Jannie Lasimbang at 0109311944. Thank you.

    Source: JOAS