Hornbill Unleashed

February 17, 2012

NGO: Map shows extent of Baram dam’s devastation

BMF – Malaysiakini

“According to the map based on intelligence and calculations by the Bruno Manser Fund (BMF), the 162 meter high Baram dam would flood a rainforest area of 412 square km (41,200 hectares) and at least 26 indigenous villages, causing the displacement of up to 20,000 Sarawak natives…A Swiss based NGO has released what they call a “secret map” that paints the picture of the environmental devastation that the proposed Baram dam in Sarawak will cause.

“While the Sarawak government has started legal procedures to extinguish native rights for an access road to the dam site, the affected communities are deliberately being kept in the dark over the extent of the dam plans,” read BMF’s statement yesterday.


The NGO at the forefront of championing environmental and native rights issues in the Borneo state listed the 26 villages that it says will be drowned out by the dam when it is completed.

“The proposed dam would cause havoc for the Kenyah, Kayan and Penan culture in the upper reaches of the Baram river, one of Borneo’s great rainforest streams.

“Many of their villages would be submerged and would literally cease to exist.

“Traditional longhouse communities in the dam’s downstream areas would also have to face drastic changes and pollution of the riverine ecosystem, affecting river transport, fishery, irrigation and access to drinking water,” said BMF.

The villages affected downstream, it said, include the regional centers of Marudi and Long Lama as well as the villages and longhouse of Long Keseh, Long Pila, Long Laput, Kejaman, Long Pelutan, Uma Bawang.

It called on the state government to halt the project and “immediately release all official studies on the planned Baram dam”.

The contentious dam is one of 12 gigantic hydro-electric dams – not counting the controversial Bakun dam – planned across the state as part of Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud’s grand plan for the state’s Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (Score).

The estimated cost is RM36 billion but critics expect budget over-runs, such as those that have afflicted Bakun.

Opponents to the Baram dam, such as Orang Ulu National Association’s chairperson Peter NJ Kallang, say the proposed resettlement will destroy the indigenous Sarawakians’ way of life.


  1. obviously…this is not development…this is disaster…matai tajin…..

    Comment by jeff — April 20, 2012 @ 8:37 AM | Reply

  2. God send …that’s waht the the joker Lihan said?

    Where TF is he? Dumb joker!

    Comment by Dabai — February 19, 2012 @ 7:47 PM | Reply

  3. Blame the Kayan/Kenyah who supports the project…..

    Their skull must be very very thick……how can we convey the message that the electricity generated by BAKUN/MURUM is more then enough for the whole Borneo…..WHY WE NEED ANOTHER MEGA HYDRO?

    Why not just build Micro Hyrdo for these villages? Much cheaper and enviromental friendly….

    Comment by Rod — February 17, 2012 @ 6:06 PM | Reply

    • Oh my gosh. You can’t simply blame without any prove. Previous election, Kayan and Kenyah doesn’t elect for the party for the Dam . Do you know who make the N67 (Telang Usan ) Win??? Do sum research before you put your blame.

      Comment by Kayan+Kenyah — October 25, 2013 @ 10:02 AM | Reply

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