Hornbill Unleashed

September 28, 2012

Hundreds of Penan blockade road to Murum dam

Filed under: Human rights,Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 2:03 PM
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Hundreds of Penans reportedly staged a blockade against the controversial Murum dam project on Wednesday, said a Sarawak NGO.

“The Penans set up the blockade on the access road to the dam at Seping River Bridge, about 40km from the Murum HEP dam project site.

“At least 200 Penans are at the blockade site carrying placards and banners bearing slogan ‘We Want Justice’, ‘We Demands Our Rights’, ‘Stop Murum Dam’, ‘Sarawak Energy (SEB) No Entry’.


“Some of the Penans had to travel for more than 100km from the remote village of Long Malim to join the other Penans at the blockade site.

“There were also some women and children joined the blockade,” said Raymond Abin, national coordinator for Sarawak Conservation Alliance for Natural Environment (Scane) in a statement last night.

According to Abin, the blockade, that has left construction vehicles heading to the dam stranded, will stay until the authorities meet them to discuss their plight.

The protestors come from eight villages along the river that will be drowned out when the dam is completed.

“The Murum dam will inundate and require the forced relocation of about 1,500 Penans, as well as the 18 Kenyah-Badeng families in Long Umpa village near Long Malim in Danum River, the upper course of Murum River,” said Adin.

Memo to Najib, Taib drafted

On Tuesday, he said, about 300 representative of the Murum Penan villages met to draft an open memorandum detailing their issues, problems and demands to Prime Minister Najib Razak and Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud.

azlan“The community is protesting against the negligence of the government in responding to the demands as proposed by the Penans affected by Murum dam project,” Pelieran-Murum Penan Affairs Committee (Pemupa) chairperson Surang Alung was quoted saying.

Alung complained that the government had not consulted the community over all aspects of the Murum dam project.

“We have to stand up and assert for our rights as our problems, issues and demands have been neglected for so long by the government,” he added.

According to Adin, despite fierce resistance to the dam construction works has continued and is about 70 percent complete, and scheduled for completion early next year.

The dam, when filled, is expected to flood 24,500 hectares (245 km2) of Penan native customary land and forest.

Murum is the second mega-dam project after the highly controversialBakum dam, and the first of a planned series of twelve new dams.

The second, Baram, is already in the works and is expected to drown out another 26 villages and displace an estimate 20,000 locals.

Torstein Dale Sjotveit

‘Projects favouring Taib’

Spearheading the ambitious multiple dam project, that critics say will produce a surplus of electricity in the state, is the privatised Sarawak Energy led by Norwegian CEO Torstein Dale Sjotveit.

“Torstein Dale Sjotveit is currently facing strong rejection in Sarawak. He has not only already received lots of letters from angry communities asking him to immediately put the dam endeavour on halt, but also faces a corruption complaint in Malaysia,” alleged the NGO Bruno Manser Fund in a separate statement today.

“Natives accuse him of abusing his position as head of Sarawak Energy to favour companies linked to the family of Sarawak’s Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud.

“Among other things, they criticise that Sarawak Energy granted a RM99 million (USD 31.8 million) power transmission line contract to Universal Cable, a company linked to Abu Bekir Taib, son of the Sarawak chief minister, without public tender.

“Universal Cable is a subsidiary of Sarawak Cable, of which Abu Bekir Taib holds 42 percent of the shares,” said the Swiss-based environmentalist group.


  1. Wow!!! some will be called instant millionaire at the expense of the Penan/Orang Ulu/Ibans.

    Comment by Henry Usat Bit — October 1, 2012 @ 10:53 AM | Reply

  2. What a disgrace. Are we going to see another genocide for the Penan or the Government really want to drown their citizen or another way to make them land less and home less.

    Why doe we need so many dam?

    Who really need the energy?

    Comment by Midi anak Johnek — September 29, 2012 @ 1:55 AM | Reply

  3. The whole Taib familis and cronies must be dismantle now…or when PR in power….

    Comment by rod — September 28, 2012 @ 7:35 PM | Reply

  4. Should not go after taib only. Should go after Samling,Shin Yang and all other chinese crony companies. They are the ones doing taib’s dirty works. These stupid chinese should be ashame of what they are doing to the rightful owners of this land. They have made their money now can we chase them out back to their ancestral land in china!

    Comment by brian — September 28, 2012 @ 3:34 PM | Reply


      Comment by ANON — September 28, 2012 @ 10:36 PM | Reply

  5. The second, Baram, is already in the works and is expected to drown out another 26 villages and displace an estimate 20,000 locals.

    Hello Baram folk…. you sleeping or what? Jangan bagi muka sangat…we know it create job for the local…..tp youall know most for the worker are Indonesian illegal…. tukang tumbang, Dreba Lipan, hookd man lah….. so apa untung orang kampung?

    Kalau machine masuk kerja…kasi bakar semua lah. Orang tempatan yang sokong2 project ni…especiallythe Kayan….. kasi bakar rumah dia and see how they react lah. Kayan wont be affected by the Baram Damm…so they sokong penuh lah ini project. The Kenyah/Penan/Kelabit yang jadi mangsa.

    Tak payah fikir panjang…. this is the fact. Kalau kamu hilang tempat tinggal…see how they feel losing their as well.

    Comment by rod — September 28, 2012 @ 2:59 PM | Reply

  6. Murum Penan villages met to draft an open memorandum detailing their issues, problems and demands to Prime Minister Najib Razak and Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud.

    What is the point, the person behind is Taib himself. Send him 1000 memorandum he will treat it like toilet paper. The only way is gather 50,000 Sarawakian camping at the August house and camping around Taib residence.

    Comment by mike — September 28, 2012 @ 2:52 PM | Reply

    • Just destroy whatever goes for Murum project…. burn down their camp…sure one day they will cease operation.

      Comment by rod — September 28, 2012 @ 3:31 PM | Reply


      Comment by ANON — September 28, 2012 @ 5:39 PM | Reply

      • Yes….. send these Penan to demo infront of Torsstein house in kuching…chase him out of sarawak.
        Tax payer money wasted on this guys…paid millions of dollars in salarys..paid holidays…first class seats on the plane….

        why? w dont have capable Malaysian?

        down…down..down…down…down.. down………………………..wake up Sarawakian….

        Comment by rod — September 28, 2012 @ 7:34 PM | Reply

      • Why not just “sumpit” him with special one?

        Comment by headchopper — September 28, 2012 @ 8:22 PM | Reply


          Comment by ANON — September 28, 2012 @ 10:37 PM | Reply

  7. good….. block em forever…..

    Comment by rod — September 28, 2012 @ 2:43 PM | Reply

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