Hornbill Unleashed

November 20, 2012

‘Damn the dams’ or you’re out, Sarawak natives tell PM

Kow Gah Chie

Shouting their slogan “Damn the dams” in five languages and unfurling banners that read “stop Murum dam” and “Stop Baram dam”, the group started the 500 metre march at 10.30am from the Bukit Aman police headquarters.Some 30 indigenous people and members of various NGOs today marched in the rain to Parliament to demand Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak put a stop to plans by the Sarawak government to construct 12 mega dams in the state.

The march, aimed at submitting a memorandum to the prime minister, was organised by two NGOs – Damn the Dams action group and Save Sarawak’s Rivers Network (Save Rivers).

“We are here to ask the prime minister to stop them (the construction of the dams). If he can’t do it, then we would replace him with another person who can,” said one of the seven Sarawak indigenous representatives Boyce Anyie, 60, from Kg Long Liam.

NONEThe seven are also part of Himpunan Hijau’s ‘long march‘ which is currently underway in Pahang to protest the Lynas rare-earth plant.

They left Himpunan Hijau’s march temporary to join in today’s march to Parliament.

Other participants in today’s march comprise activists from the peninsula including Damn the Dams action group spokeperson Ng Yap Hwa, Sarawak-based Save Rivers chairperson Peter Kallang and Baram Protection Action Committee chairperson Philip Jau.

Kallang stressed that Najib and the federal government have the power to shelve the 12 mega dam projects, but the question is whether the prime minister is willing to listen to the people’s voice.


However, the march ended in disappointment as Najib was currently in Phnom Penh and BN did not send any representative to receive the memorandum, which was later handed over to Penang Chief Minister and Bagan MP Lim Guan Eng, representing Pakatan Rakyat.

In a press statement issued to reporters in Parliament, the group said they suspected that many development contracts under the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy, which consists of the 12 mega dams, have been given to family members of Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud.

Hence they demanded that Najib stop Taib and his family from grabbing the lands belonged to indigenous people.

“No matter who controls the power, they must stop these dams. If Najib cannot do it, then get another person to do it,” said Jau.

Lim pledged that once Pakatan takes over Putrajaya, it would reassess these projects based on environmental impact reports. However, he stressed that Pakatan must also take over the Sarawak state government to stop them.


  1. Latest report [ http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2012/11/22/no-safe-water-food-for-displaced-bakun-natives/ ] says Bakun embankment or lake has become a Dead Sea! You masuk, minum …you mati!

    How ah? Maybe not true!

    Best thing to do is to ask Ragak to check out! She would be …oh…so fragile and dainty, any sign of poisonous stuff would exterminate her.

    On the other hand she might come out of it ….alive and kicking! 😆

    Comment by Dead Sea — November 22, 2012 @ 3:27 PM | Reply

  2. No more compromise and dialogue on encroachment and grabbing of NCR lands.

    Comment by Irene Kana — November 21, 2012 @ 10:58 PM | Reply

  3. Finally united like their forefathers who controlled the whole of central Borneo against other natives. Until those with gun power and political hogwash took away their rights. Fight for your rights, before you become squatters in the lands your ancestors fought to defend for their future generation. Resist before it is too late, or you will be landless and impoverished like the Orang Ulu of THE BAKUN DAM RESSETLEMENT. Why enrich others at our expense?

    Comment by Dorothy saging — November 20, 2012 @ 10:24 PM | Reply

  4. This is how the government (majority of BN/UMNO members) treat the real bumiputera.

    Comment by Iyaz — November 20, 2012 @ 3:41 PM | Reply

    • Err…you forgot PBB! PRS SPDP, SNAP …all of them have P’s! Pu bo!

      Comment by rant — November 22, 2012 @ 3:22 PM | Reply

  5. Talking about dams, what is happening with the Bakun Dam now. It is completed now isn’t it ? What about the cable to link Bakun to supply Electricity out from it ??? Please give an update on what is the latest with this Bakun project. The people of Sarawak must be updated with the actual situation.

    Comment by gagojackman — November 20, 2012 @ 3:31 PM | Reply

    • Can Bakun ever repay the more than RM4 billion loan it took from EPF? The thief minister’s group of companies controlled by his children are the sole benficiary of all mega projects in Sarawak.

      Comment by Irene Kana — November 21, 2012 @ 7:32 AM | Reply

  6. The only reason taib and his chinese cronies will do whatever they can to build the damned dams is because they can and they will with their economic might and wealth. They don’t bloody care about the natives.They look at us natives as nuisance, trouble makers so the only solutions is take away lands the natives owns,turn those lands into plantations, flood those lands with damned dams to power their factories and make the natives dependent on them forever.

    And looks like Sarawak is on the way to be flooded with chinese and indons immigrants just like Sabah was by the indons, Pares,Banglas and Pakis. Don’t believe me, check out some of the stalls in some coffee shops, food courts in most towns in Sarawak. Wonder how these foreigners can do business openly now if not being given the “opportunities” legally? What about those thousands of china dolls who came to work in Massage Parlours? Do they really go back to their own country after the expiry of their work permit or are they being rotated around in the massage Parlours until they become “legal” residents of Sarawak? Thats a worrying thought for the Natives isn’t it?

    Comment by brian — November 20, 2012 @ 2:38 PM | Reply


      You sound just like an UMNO trained cyber trasher who failed in his career path and vents his spleen on others to earn easy dollars

      Don’t be too ready to condemn & scapegoat the Chinese.

      Check out on how Dayak girls are being prostituted….before casting stones.

      Didn’t Dayaks flood in from South Kalimantan? Are they being told to go back where they come form?

      Dayak history of residence in Sarawak is a long as that of the Chinese.

      Before you rant and rave- read up on the history- no, no, not the UMNO version!

      If you want to make such big ccok talk why don’t you lead the uprising against Taib?

      How come Chinese people are helping Dayaks to fight back? How come? It is because guys like you are all talk and no action.

      Pity you guys talk so much but did not join the Communists who were fighting Malayan colonisation of Sarawak and Sabah!

      Dayak warriors? Where?

      Comment by Useyourbrain — November 20, 2012 @ 4:37 PM | Reply

      • You are a confirmed communist. Really, the dayaks are from Kalimantan which is part of Borneo? Isn’t Kalimantan and Sarawak separated only by an invisible line known as border and separated by a vast ocean known as South China Sea? Now,where do you come from? You will know what i mean if you USE YOUR BRAIN?

        Comment by brian — November 21, 2012 @ 8:36 AM | Reply

        • Should read as “Isn’t Kalimantan and Sarawak separated only by an invisible line known as border and NOT separated by a vast….”

          Comment by brian — November 21, 2012 @ 8:43 AM | Reply

          • The agi idup agi ngelaban spirit of the iban has faded away. Bunyau said ” True-true you see what taib and jabu has done” yet your hero kanang still support them…after being given the title. Now it’s not the agi idup agi ngelaban spirit but Agi bisi pala agung agi kat bekaban.

            Comment by Bersih.05 — November 21, 2012 @ 9:06 AM




          Comment by Anon — November 24, 2012 @ 2:08 PM | Reply


          “Two connecting mountain ranges cut through Borneo. The Kapuas Range lies in the center, and the Schwaner Range in the south”

          You are wrong. The mountain ranges that go from north of Sabah and down to the south part of Sarawak acting as natural physical line not imaginary line…UMNO geography has not taught a correct description of our land- so to enlighten everyone below a short physical description of Borneo by school kids overseas…..

          BORNEO, pronounced “BAWR nee oh”, is the third largest island in the world. Only Greenland and New Guinea are larger. Borneo is about 400 miles (640 kilometers) east of Singapore in the East Indies. About one-fourth of Borneo consists of Brunei and part of Malaysia. About three-fourths is part of the Republic of Indonesia.

          The Land and Its Resources. Borneo covers 288,151 square miles (746,308 square kilometers). Indonesian Borneo covers 208,287 square miles (539,460 square kilometers). Sabah (formerly North Borneo) and Sarawak cover 77,638 square miles (201,081 square kilometers). Brunei’s area is 2,226 square miles (5,765 square kilometers). They lie along the northern and northwestern coasts of Borneo. Two connecting mountain ranges cut through Borneo. The Kapuas Range lies in the center, and the Schwaner Range in the south. Mount Kinabalu, 13,431 feet (4,094 meters) high, is the highest peak.

          Swamps cover much of the coastal area. Tidal silt obstructs the entrances to many rivers and ports. Brunei Bay, on the north coast, has the best harbor. It served as an important Japanese naval base in World War II. Major rivers include the Rajang in Sarawak, the Kapuas in western Indonesian Borneo, the Barito in the south, and the Mahakam in the east. Shallow-draft vessels can navigate these rivers up to 100 miles (160 kilometers) inland. There are many waterfalls in the mountain regions. A hilly plateau circles the mountains in many areas, before dropping to the coastal lowlands.

          Borneo has a tropical monsoon climate. Its rainy season lasts from November to April each year. Rainfall ranges from 100 to 210 inches (250 to 533 centimeters). Average rainfall is 120 inches (305 centimeters). The temperature ranges from 70 to 95 degrees F (21 to 35 degrees C) with an average annual temperature of 80 degrees F (27 degrees C).

          Borneo has some of the world’s richest deposits of petroleum. Diamonds have been discovered in many places. The Indonesians call Borneo Kalimantan, meaning River of Diamonds. However, Borneo’s diamonds have a yellow tint, and are not as valuable as the diamonds of Africa. Copper, gold, iron, manganese, and tin have also been found in Borneo. The thick forests contain more than 50 kinds of lumber. Teakwood is the most valuable forest product from Borneo. Benzoin, camphor, rattan, and cutch, a gumlike mangrove-bark product used in tanning, are also gathered in Borneo.

          Of course the “thick forests” are not just vast areas of bare land taken over by oil palm plantations….thanks to the greed of men.

          Comment by Know ur country — November 24, 2012 @ 6:46 PM | Reply

          • Sarawak is separated from the Indonesian part of Borneo (Kalimantan) by ranges of high hills and mountains that are part of the central mountain range of Borneo. These get higher to the north and culminate near the source of the Baram River with the steep Mount Selidang (4504 ft) at central plateau of Usun Apau, Mount Batu Lawi, Mount Mulu in the park of the same name and Mount Murud with the highest peak in Sarawak.

            Comment by Xman — November 24, 2012 @ 6:54 PM

  7. The present administration is crazy to the highest level. Remember the failed underground cable project to send electricity from Bakun to West Malaysia. A dozen more dams the dimension of Bakun is upcoming. Do you think SCORE will eat up all the electricity generated by the dams? I had the opportunity of working in the central region of Sarawak – the centrifugal of the SCORE and was surprised that so much is mentioned abour the “anak mas” project called SCORE but on the ground the Malay proverb INDAH KHABAR DARI RUPA is the gospel truth in the much touted coastal towns of Balingian, Mukah, Oya, Dalat, Igan, Matu, Daro, Tanjung Manis and Belawai. There are hundreds of longhouses along Selangau-Mukah road devoid of electricity, piped water and just mentioned it. Are we out of our mind constructing dams, dams and dams?

    Comment by professor dee — November 20, 2012 @ 2:07 PM | Reply

    • Money comes easy brother. Have money will travel…..receive money votes will be given…..High time PR do their homework….use to see bro. Nicholas bawin having breakfast at pending….not interested to go around?…I can’t help cos I’ve committment but on my part, my family will be for UBAH.

      Comment by Bersih.05 — November 21, 2012 @ 9:10 AM | Reply


    In their bare face lies to entice us to form “Malaysia” with Malaya, they said they would ensure political and economic security…..

    AND we fell for it.

    Once they got us in their COLONIAL grips they proceeded to secure their control and plunder our land with the local traitors like Taib.

    The native people lost the “security: promised over their land trees, rivers, sources of food and water and clean environment.

    So all promises were lies.

    Now it has taken 49 years for the people to confront the snake oil salesmen from Kuala Lumpur to make good their ponzi scheme.

    The problem as in all ponzi schemes by this time – the oil and timber money is GONE!

    Comment by ANTI-MALAYAN COLONIALISM! — November 20, 2012 @ 1:28 PM | Reply

  9. ‘Damn the dams’ or you’re out, Sarawak natives tell PM


    Comment by Anon — November 20, 2012 @ 1:12 PM | Reply

  10. If these people really want to stop the project, just blockade the proejct and chase away who ever enter the area…..might it be the arm forces as usual send by the govt!

    By the way, why only stop the dam project and not the Logging contract? Samaling and Shin Yang are destroying thee forest; meaning destroying the river as well.

    These is by far worst then the dams project. Once the logging contractors log the area; once they log the area(strip it of all the valuable trees) then they will:

    1. Just to show that the care plant few tree (they says to replace the trees the cut down) but can anyone tell us which company did ever planted trees to replace what the cut? As far as I know plant trees only cover less the 10% of what been cut down.

    2. Once been planted with trees, these will give them the license to control the land for as long as the trees are still standing…..the trees belong to them meaning to says the still control the land!

    3. Once the trees are mature (or even not mature) these trees be cut down completely and these be what….10-20 yers from the day the planted the trees? When the numbers put together…they been in and control our land for what…. 30-40-50 years already?

    4. Once the tress are all gone…these contractors will either sell the land to another company or change the title of their license from provisional lease (all land suppose to be lease or given licensed to log ONLY but now these company are thinking that they owned the the land!). From PL they will change the license to plantation land (Palm Oil Plantation). Once done and plantation with Oil Plam…means THEY OWN THE LNAD FOREVER!

    Baram area been affected by flood now because there the forest is all gone! So without the dam the people of Baram are affected by flood and why only stopping the dam project and not the LOGGING COMPANY AS WELL?

    Does anyone knows that it only take a good strong person 4-5 days to around(circle) the remaining forest untouch (apart from the national park) in Baram! An now this area is target by Samling/Shin Yang next year!

    Once this area is logged, there be NO more virgin forest in Baram.

    Comment by Rod — November 20, 2012 @ 12:56 PM | Reply


      Comment by Anon — November 20, 2012 @ 1:13 PM | Reply


        Comment by Brain — November 20, 2012 @ 5:28 PM | Reply

        • 1st target be Shin Yang…then Samling….the rest will follows!

          Comment by HH3H — November 22, 2012 @ 1:41 AM | Reply

  11. I think Najib is immune of all the noise from Sarawakians knowing that Sarawak is still a safe deposit.

    Sarawakians should vote to effect change.
    Making noise will not make any difference if they still vote for BN for a free NJOI decoder at tehir long house.

    Comment by Wan Idris — November 20, 2012 @ 12:21 PM | Reply

    • The thief minister of Sarawak is Najib’s partner in mega projects and financier of UMNO. Do not expect the PM to do anything. Just vote out UMNO led BN.

      Comment by Irene Kana — November 21, 2012 @ 7:37 AM | Reply

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