Hornbill Unleashed

September 24, 2013

Murum dam impoundment begins as Penans protest

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The Sarawak government-owned Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) started the impoundment of the RM4 billion Murum dam at Ulu Belaga yesterday, ignoring the plight of the Penans from six villages who are currently mounting a blockade.

“More than 100 Penans from Long Wat, Long Luar, Long Tangau, Long Menapa, Long Singu and Long Malim which are upstream of the Murum river, have since last week erected a blockade.

“They are protesting against the failure of the government to fulfil its promises as SEB, the owner of Murum dam, started the impoundment on Sunday,” said Raymond Abin, national coordinator of the Sarawak Conservation Alliance for Natural Environment (SCANE).

It will take at least a year for the water to reach enough capacity for the Murum dam to produce power.

NONE“The Penans have not only refused to move, but also have erected a blockade unless their demands are met,” Abin (left) toldMalaysiakini.

The demands include RM500,000 per family for loss of lands and villages, 25 hectares to be allocated to each family, a forest area of  30,000 hectares, a 10 percent royalty from the Murum dam and that all areas which are not submerged belong to the Penans.

In a meeting early this month, the government had rejected all their claims, saying that there was no such thing as RM500,000 per family.

“The government is prepared to compensate each family with RM10,000 only for loss of land and  properties, and at the same time it will give them financial assistance of RM800 per family per month for the next three years.

“And for the subsequent two years, the government will assist them with RM500 per month per family.


“After that, the government may stop the monthly assistance if the Penans have a better life and are able to support themselves with the crops that they have planted.

“To me this is a bad policy and will fail to make Penans self-reliant,” said Abin, pointing out that the Penans had rejected the government’s offer.

“Thus, the Penans are erecting the blockade under the watchful eyes of the police and soldiers,” he said.

Open memorandum to Najib and Taib

Abin said the Penans have submitted an open memorandum to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud highlighting the issues that need the government’s attention.

In the memorandum, they do not want to face the problems that have been haunting the people displaced by the Bakun and Batang Ai dams.

The Murum HEP dam will 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, on the upper course of Murum River.

The Murum project involves the construction of a 944MW hydroelectric dam which is 141 metres high or 547 metres above sea level, and its width is 75 metres.

It will flood 24,500 hectares of customary land and forest of the Penan villages.

The Murum dam is the first of 12 mega dams that the Sarawak government would build in the next 30 years.a


  1. The natives should be strongly united and focus in defending their right to exist in their natural and original habitat before these NCR land were taken away from them. Relocation and displacement to another settlement is not acceptable as the lands or forest they have been dwelling in are not state land but NCR land. We hope thousands more natives will gather to protest to regain their right and their NCR lands.

    Comment by Special Branch — September 24, 2013 @ 9:06 AM | Reply

    • the natives in peninsula Malaya should also do the same to defend their rights, not to be hijacked, robbed by those pendatang elites, taking advantages by way of religion, racial issue, giving them tongkats & cash once in every 5yrs.

      Comment by tiuniamah — September 24, 2013 @ 11:32 AM | Reply

  2. Rom 13:1-2
    13 Biar semua orang adalah tertakluk kepada pihak berkuasa, tiada kuasa kecuali yang mana Allah telah ditubuhkan. Pihak berkuasa yang wujud telah ditetapkan oleh Allah. 2 Oleh itu, sesiapa yang pemberontak terhadap kuasa tersebut memberontak terhadap apa yang Allah telah dimulakan, dan orang-orang yang berbuat demikian akan membawa penghakiman pada diri mereka sendiri.

    Titus 3:01
    Ingatkan mereka akan tunduk kepada pemerintah dan pihak berkuasa, untuk menjadi taat, untuk bersedia untuk setiap kerja yang baik.

    Ibrani 13:17
    Taat kepada pemimpin dan mengemukakan kepada mereka, kerana mereka adalah menjaga menonton lebih jiwa anda, kerana orang-orang yang perlu memberi akaun. Biarkan mereka melakukan ini dengan kegembiraan dan tidak dengan rintihan, untuk yang akan menjadi tidak ada kelebihan untuk anda.

    1 Petrus 2:13-25
    Tertakluk demi Tuhan kepada setiap institusi manusia, sama ada kepada maharaja sebagai tertinggi, atau gabenor sebagai dihantar oleh beliau untuk menghukum orang-orang yang melakukan kejahatan dan memuji orang-orang yang berbuat baik. Kerana ini adalah kehendak Allah, yang dengan melakukan yang baik anda perlu meletakkan untuk mendiamkan kejahilan orang bodoh. Hidup sebagai orang-orang yang bebas, tidak menggunakan kebebasan anda sebagai penutup-up untuk jahat, tetapi hidup sebagai hamba Allah. Menghormati semua orang. Cinta persaudaraan. Takut kepada Allah. Menghormati maharaja.

    1 Timotius 2:1-2
    Pertama sekali, maka, saya menggesa supaya doa, solat, intercessions, dan Doa dibuat untuk semua orang, untuk raja-raja dan semua orang yang berada dalam kedudukan yang tinggi, supaya kita boleh menjalani kehidupan yang aman dan tenang, suci dan bermaruah dalam setiap cara.

    1 Timotius 6:1-2
    Kristian yang adalah hamba harus memberi penghormatan penuh tuan-tuan mereka supaya nama Tuhan dan ajarannya tidak akan malu. Jika tuan anda adalah seorang Kristian, bahawa tidak ada alasan untuk tidak menghormati. Anda harus bekerja semua sukar kerana anda membantu orang yang beriman yang lain dengan usaha anda. Mengajar kebenaran ini, Timothy, dan menggalakkan semua orang untuk taat kepada mereka.

    Lukas 12:47-48
    Hamba itu akan dihukum, kerana walaupun dia tahu tugasnya, beliau enggan untuk melakukannya. “Tetapi orang-orang yang tidak sedar bahawa mereka sedang melakukan salah akan dihukum hanya ringan. Banyak yang diperlukan dari orang-orang yang kepadanya banyak diberi, dan banyak lagi yang diperlukan dari orang-orang yang kepadanya lebih diberikan.”

    Efesus 6:05
    Hamba, taat kepada tuan duniawi anda dengan hormat dan takut, dan dengan ikhlas, seperti yang anda akan mematuhi Kristus.

    Comment by sapasuruhundibn — September 24, 2013 @ 8:45 AM | Reply

    • You are still as stupid as you can be preacher man. You must be one of those preacher who are as corrupted as those politicians who oppress the weak, steal from the weak, drive them out of their lands and longhouses and torching their longhouses before the occupants have completely abundant them.

      Go preach to taib your master!

      Comment by brian — September 25, 2013 @ 8:51 AM | Reply

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