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Stop speculation on Bengoh Dam — Dr Jerip
Posted on : 31 Jul 2018  Source of News: The Borneo Post online

Stop speculation on Bengoh Dam — Dr Jerip

July 31, 2018, Tuesday Marilyn Ten,


Datuk Dr Jerip Susil

KUCHING: Members of the public are urged to stop speculating that the Bengoh Dam is about to break following the Bengoh Dam Emergency Training that was conducted at villages located along the downstream of the dam on Sunday.

Assistant Minister of Transportation Datuk Dr Jerip Susil has described the speculation, which has since gone viral on social media, as untrue and baseless, which has caused undue anxiety among villagers particularly those who reside near the dam area.

“The Bengoh Dam Emergency Training is only a safety routine to meet the international safety requirements. This does not mean that the dam is damaged,” he said when contacted yesterday to comment on speculations on social media that Bengoh Dam was under threat.

The netizen who posted the speculation also hurled death threats on those who were involved in the construction of the dam, including the engineer.

Dr Jerip, who is also Mambong assemblyman, gave his assurance that the construction of Bengoh Dam, which is now fully completed, met all structural and safety standards. He stressed this was attested during a meeting with Kuching Water Board (KWB) and dam engineers as well as visits to the dam site.

On Sunday, a Bengoh Dam Emergency Training was simultaneously conducted at nine villages; namely Kampung Bengoh, Kampung Danu, Kampung Semadang, Kampung Garung, Kampung Karu, Kampung Giam Asar, Kampung Giam Bauh, Kampung Benuk and Kampung Git. The emergency exercise was the first to be conducted since the dam was impounded in 2015.

The Bengoh Dam, which was constructed in 2007 at a cost of RM310 million, has a retention capacity of 144 million cubic metres of water to supply clean water to almost two million consumers in Kuching by 2030.