Sarawak Energy Hands Over Ambulance to Sarawak Health Department for Sungei Asap Clinic

10 MARCH 2022

Communities which utilise health services at the Sungei Asap Clinic, Bakun Resettlement in the Belaga District will be better served with the addition of a third ambulance to address the ambulance shortage in the district in the event of an emergency requiring medical evacuation to Bintulu Hospital.

The four-wheel drive ambulance vehicle, modified to suit the topography and terrain of the area, will be based at Sungei Asap Clinic to supplement 2 existing ambulances.

The Sarawak Health Department in Kapit division received the new fully equipped modified ambulance vehicle, a contribution from Sarawak Energy, as part of the corporation’s ongoing support of communities relocated by the development of the Bakun Hydroelectric Plant (HEP).

Located about two hours by road from Bintulu and one hour from the hydropower plant, the community was established in 1998 when 15 longhouses comprising Kayan, Kenyah, Kajang and Penan communities relocated from the Balui River in the Upper Rajang for the development of the 2,400MW Bakun HEP.

At a recent handover ceremony at Bakun HEP, Medical Officer for Sungei Asap Health Clinic, Dr. Norfazira Binti Abdullah received the ambulance on behalf of the Sarawak Health Department, witnessed by Dr. Hamidi Bin Mohamad Sharkawi, Health Officer for Kapit Division.

Sarawak Energy was represented by Bakun Maintenance Manager, Laurence Satia Usit; Bakun Operation Manager, Admund Gabriel; together with management and staff from Bakun HEP, as well as medical staff from Sungei Asap and Kapit.

Commenting on the handover, Ir. Bunyak Lunyong, CEO for SEB Power – Sarawak Energy's power generation arm – said, “We are pleased to support efforts and partner with the Sarawak Health Department on this important initiative for the community in Sungei Asap. As a socially responsible corporate neighbour, we believe that we should play a proactive role to benefit the community. We will continue to engage with the community so that we understand their needs and work together towards addressing challenges.”

Since acquiring the Bakun HEP from Malaysia’s Ministry of Finance in 2017, the energy development corporation has worked closely with the community at the Bakun Resettlement Scheme on several programmes in the resettlement area with a focus on enhancing and uplifting community well-being. Amongst the social investment pillars are cultural heritage preservation, infrastructure enhancement, health and safety programmes, anti-drug campaigns and educational incentives.

The new ambulance vehicle that was handed over to the Sarawak Health Department for Sungei Asap Clinic

A group photo taken at the ambulance handover ceremony that was recently held at Bakun HEP