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Rabu, 3 Ogos 2011

MYSTERIOUS DEATHS IN BAKUN DAM AREA


Bakun Dam

KUCHING: Ten people who were hired by the Sarawak Forest Corporation (SFC) to “save” animals from being drowned, following the impoundment of the Bakun Dam, are now dead.

The dam was impounded in October last year. The 10 dead were allegedly killed by a mysterious disease.

Although the Health Depatment has been notified, it has done nothing, Bakun Community Safety Committee chairman Dr Ellie Luhat said today.

Luhat said the latest such death was 28-year-old Larry Kiding, a SFC worker who worked on the project.

Kiding’s father, Jugah Anak Kudi, told FMT that his son fell gravely sick after returning from Bakun Dam.

“We sent him to the hospital, but the hospital did not know what caused his sickness. We sent him to a private clinic. Again, we were told that the doctor could not determine what made him sick.

“Two days later he passed away,” said Jugah.

Angry and dissatisfied, Jugah asked for a post-mortem to be conducted on his son.

According to him, the doctors again could not determine the cause of his death.

The death of Jugah’s son came to light after Luhat called for an investigation into the death of the 10 SFC workers.

He believes they could have been exposed to infectious and deadly diseases such as melioidosis and leptospirosis (known locally as ‘penyakit kencing tikus’).

“So far 10 persons have died from the mysterious diseases and a number of others have been infected,” said Luhat.

Also in critical condition is the village penghulu (chief) who is in Bintulu Hospital.

More deaths

The penghulu was transported to the Bintulu Hospital when he collapsed during the recent visit of Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu Anak Numpang to the dam.

“They (the 10 workers) were involved in moving large animals from the Bakun Dam water catchment area to higher ground and fell sick upon completion of the work.

“There have also been several mysterious deaths over the years in that area including a cousin of mine.

“Because of this, we want the government to confirm and identify the diseases, so that immediate and remedial actions can be taken.

“This may include vaccination,” Luhat said.

Melioidosis is caused by a bacterium (burkholderia pseudomailei) found in soil, rice fields and stagnant waters.

Victims acquire the disease when the contaminated soil comes in contact with an abraded area of the skin.

Leptospirosis is caused by bacteria called spirochete and is transmitted through contact with infected soil or water.

Angry ‘spirits’

Luhat, who is a retired Sarawak Timber Development Corporation (STIDC) officer, has been actively involved in the dam.

He believes that the change of biodiversity could have resulted in the spread of the diseases.

Local people believed that the “spirits” of the jungles are angry over the contruction of the dam and the destruction of the surroundings.

They believed their dead ancestors are also angry that their graves (pendam) have been submerged by the dam water.

Luhat said that he is sending letters to the relevant authorities to alert them of the mysterious deaths.

“These diseases can affect the tourism industry apart from the lives of the workers and the local people.

“The diseases can also affect the government’s plan to introduce aquaculture of ‘empurau’ which is Sarawak’s most famous and expensive fish,” he said, adding that the death of several tonnes of fish early this year could have been due to these diseases.

Luhat also wants the road from Bintulu to Bakun to be repaired as this is essential in the event of emergency.

Previously, it took slightly over two hours to travel by road to Bakun.

“But now it takes four or five hours, because of so many potholes caused by timber trucks,” he said.

Source: Joseph Tawie


Isnin, 1 Ogos 2011

DAP INGIN AMBIL ALIH JAWATAN PERDANA MENTERI


Pengerusi GAPS, Hamidzun Khairuddin

PETALING JAYA: Sebuah NGO Melayu, Gabungan Anti Penyelewengan Selangor (Gaps) hari ini mendakwa tindakan DAP yang mahu bertanding lebih banyak kerusi di kawasan majoriti Melayu bertujuan untuk mengambil alih jawatan Perdana Menteri (PM).

Pengerusi Gaps, Hamidzun Khairuddin berkata, DAP walaupun memperolehi sokongan maksima masyarakat Cina namun itu masih belum cukup untuk mereka memenangi kerusi bagi mengambil alih kerusi Perdana Menteri.

“Gaps yakin sebenarnya DAP sedang menyusun langkah untuk mengambil alih jawatan PM, kerana itu ia harus melebarkan jaringnya di kawasan majoriti Melayu.

“PKR dan PAS sekarang pula sedang mengalami kemerosotan sokongan yang amat sangat di kalangan pengundi Melayu. Oleh itu kedua-dua parti ini dilihat DAP tidak mampu untuk mengekal kerusi yang mereka ada sekarang.

“Alternatifnya adalah untuk DAP meletakkan calon Melayu. Dengan formula ini, DAP berharap sokongan kaum Cina kekal dan pada masa yang sama sokongan daripada kaum Melayu bertambah yang akhirnya akan memenangkan calon mereka,” katanya.

Hamidzun berkata, secara halusnya sebenarnya DAP sedang mengadaptasikan cara parti PAP (Parti Tindakan Rakyat) menguasai kerusi Melayu di Singapura sejak tahun 1965. Formula PAP mungkin boleh digunapakai oleh DAP untuk menguasai politik negara ini.

“Malahan hubungan keluarga dan politik abang-adik PAP dan DAP merupakan jambatan yang sangat utuh yang diyakini oleh DAP untuk menguasai politik negara ini,” tambah Presiden Gaps itu.

Sebelum ini, beberapa pemimpin DAP mengatakan parti itu berhasrat meletakkan lebih ramai calon Melayu bertanding di kawasan majoriti Melayu dalam pilihan raya umum akan datang.

Sejak sekian lama DAP berusaha untuk menarik ramai orang Melayu menyertai parti itu bagi menepis anggapan parti itu parti orang Cina.