Let’s debate: Rahman

Daily Express | 6 July 2011

Kota Kinabalu: Kota Belud MP Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan on Tuesday challenged DAP Advisor Lim Kit Siang to an open debate regarding the proposed Tambatuon Dam.

Expressing disappointment with the Ipoh Timur MP, he said the latter has been continuously instigating the people of Kg Tambatuon with misleading facts about the issue.

“His intention is very clear which is to score political gains at the expense of national interest (food security), long term benefit to the thousands of poor farmers and solution to the drinking water supply and flood mitigation of the people of Kota Belud,” he said in a statement.

He said the Government has explained many times about the issue that he personally has met the Tambatuon Action Committee to discuss about it.

“So, if Kit Siang likes to debate the issue openly, I am more than happy to oblige. Let’s have the debate in the Kota Belud community hall where all the stakeholders and parties affected by the proposed dam can come and listen to both sides,” he said.

Rahman said the people of Kg Tambatuon, the Kota Belud paddy farmers and the relevant agencies would be invited so that they could hear real facts and figures and not one-sided political rhetorics from desperate politicians.

He hoped Lim would take up the challenge with an open heart so the Government can move on developing Kota Belud.

Lim recently blamed the government including the elected representatives of Kota Belud for failing to care for the interest of the residents in Tambatuon.

He said the people should not bear the burden of development to the extent of losing their ancestral land they inherited from their forefathers.

Rahman, on the other hand, explained previously that the Tambatuon Damn is only at the proposal stage and that nothing has materialised yet.

He said the Government would not carry out anything without first taking the people interest and concern in its planning. He stressed that the people always come first before any project is implemented.

  1. #1 by Bigjoe on Thursday, 7 July 2011 - 5:13 pm

    Can we have Ustream??

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