Friday November 23, 2012
RM5mil always on his mind
KUCHING: Some 23 recipients of the Bakun Education Trust Fund have completed their masters in the last 14 years.
Land Development Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing said they were among 1,500 students from Belaga district who had benefited from the fund.
He said the rest of the recipients had either completed their diplomas or degrees from various private and public higher learning institutions.
The Bakun Trust Fund was set up in 1998 after the Bakun Hydroelectric Power Dam project took off.
It was set up for the education of the people from Belaga District.
Masing, who is also chairman of the Bakun Special Resettlement Committee, said they were supposed to start with RM15mil after the Federal Government, state government and a private company had pledged RM5mil each to the fund.
However, only the Federal and state government had fulfilled their pledges while the company had not done its part until now, he said.
“I have asked the two previous prime ministers for another RM5mil since the company had not fulfilled its promise, but failed.
“However, in 2010, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak gave us another RM5mil.
“We are thankful to the Prime Minister for the RM5mil additional allocation to the fund,” he said after the handing over of the Bakun education aid agreement and industry student excellence awards at International College of Advance Technology Sarawak (ICATS) here yesterday.
Masing said he would never forget the company’s pledge although the committee had received another RM5mil from the Federal Government.
“I may close the case, but I don’t forget what the company had pledged.
“When you make promise, you have to deliver,” he said.
Masing said the fund management would continue to invest and spend prudently for the long term survival of the trust fund as well as for the benefit of the people in Belaga district.
Some 23 students from Belaga district, who pursue their higher learning at ICATS, received their Bakun Education Trust Fund agreement from Masing yesterday.