PM eyes river harnessing in S’wak

Prime Minister (PM) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad yesterday proposed that Sarawak harness its rivers as best as possible, saying these assets had great potential to provide much benefit for the people.

He said rivers could serve as a means of transportation and they could also be utilised to generate power. Sarawak boasts many large and long rivers.

“Land is still big in Sarawak because the population is quite small. By comparison to the river, development of land is now subject to environmental considerations. But with rivers, we can make many things — transportation, generation of power.

“From the briefing that was given to me, I see the potential for Sarawak’s growth.

Much depends on how we make use of the assets,” Dr Mahathir said to reporters after attending a briefing for about 45 minutes on the development of Sarawak at Wisma Bapa Malaysia in Petra Jaya, Kuching.

The briefing was given by Sarawak state secretary Tan Sri Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani. — Bernama