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Bakun Dam

The highly controversial and high-risk Bakun Dam project in Sarawak, shelved in 1990, made a comeback in 1995, when Ekran Bhd., a publicly listed company was awarded the project without tender. The construction of the RM15 billion dam is the most expensive privatized project in Malaysia to date. At 198 metres high and 300 metres wide, it is touted as the largest hydroelectric dam project in Southeast Asia. The installation of two 648 kilometers long electricity transmission lines between Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia will be the longest in the world. Despite claims that the dam will provide the cheapest and cleanest electricity, detractors say that Bakun's power supply will actually be more expensive than the current rates.

Acid Rain

Acid rain is caused when coal or oil is burned, which in turn generate vast amounts of polluting gases. Airborne by-products of certain industrial processes add to the pollution. Rain acidity in Peninsular Malaysia is on the rise and the number of areas affected by acid rain is growing. A Malaysian Meteorological Service (MMS) study shows that Malaysia is beginning to experience effects of acid rain similar to those in such industrialized countries as the United Kingdom, Japan and the United States. Areas most seriously affected by acid rain are Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Kedah and Selangor, while rain acidity in Petaling Jaya and Senai has gone up four times from 1985 to 1988.

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