13/11/2013, Sibu: Residents of the longhouses at the Asap resettlement scheme in Bakun are suing the state government for failing to pay their annual interest of the full compensation for the loss of their longhouses.
According to spokesperson of one of the longhouses , Ujang Bengo, the folks of the longhouses in Bakun were required to vacate or abandon their houses to make way for the Bakun Hydroelectric Project (HEP) in 1998.
“In September 1998, we accordingly vacated our longhouses to settle at Bakun Resettlement Scheme (BRS) Area in Sungai Asap and Sungai Koyan, Belaga.
“The government agreed to give full compensation with an eight per cent annual interest to each family (per door). We received 50 per cent of the compensation only on April 14, 2011 and the remaining 50 per cent on Sept 6, 2012.”
Ujang said they were entitled to eight per cent annual interest commencing from September 1998 until April 14, 2011 and/or Sept 6, 2012 for the delayed payment of their compensation.
“If we paid accordingly, we can always make full use of the money, maybe do some business. But we only get our compensation after 13 years, and that is only the capital, where is our annual eight per cent interest?” he questioned.
Source: The Borneo Post, 13/11/2013 (Wed), Home, page 17.