SEB: Pull-out nothing to do with politics

KUCHING (Dec 10, 2012): Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB), which plans to build 12 mega dams in the state, has denied claims that Hydro Tasmania is pulling out of Sarawak due to politics and pressure from local and international non-governmental organisations (NGO).

The denial came in the wake of comments by Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib and Save Sarawak's Rivers Network (SAVE Rivers) that politics and pressure played a part in the pull-out.

SEB, in a statement on Friday, did not refer to Taib's earlier comments that the pull-out by the end of next year is due to NGO politics, and had nothing to do with technology.

The power supplier, instead, was targeting SAVE Rivers leader Peter Kallang who recently visited Australia. Kallang had claimed that SAVE Rivers managed to pressure Hydro Tasmania to pull out from helping SEB build mega dams in Sarawak.

SEB said there appeared to be a deliberate campaign of misinformation by SAVE Rivers and the Australian Greens aimed at creating confusion among stakeholders.

In a statement to rebut Kallang's claims, Adair said Hydro Tasmania's role in Sarawak was diminishing and its remaining staff would leave Sarawak once their contracts expired by end of 2013.