Hornbill Unleashed

October 24, 2013

Villagers stage blockades to stop Baram dam

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 6:40 AM
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One of the blockades staged by villagers on the road to the proposed Baram dam site.

Ng Ai Fern
  • One of the blockades staged by villagers on the road to the proposed Baram dam site.

Villagers from Baram in Sarawak’s interior today staged two blockades to stop contractors from carrying out any initial quarrying work on the proposed Baram dam, one of the 12 hydroelectric dams planned by the state.

The blockades – one on the access road to the proposed dam site and the other near the proposed dam site – were manned by some 200 people from over 20 villages affected by the Baram Hydroelectric Project.

“Tomorrow the villagers will go inside the proposed dam site to chase the Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) staff and contractors away,” Peter Kallang, chairman of the SAVE River civil society coalition, told fz.com.

Peter, who was with the villagers above the proposed dam site for 15 minutes, said the blockade which started at 1pm today was aimed at stopping any illegal work on the dam as the Environment Impact Assessment study is not completed yet.

“Sarawak Energy is going ahead with rock study and road construction, we better start (the blockade) now, before even the (dam construction) work starts,” he said, adding that SEB had set up an office near the proposed dam site at the beginning of this month.

The anti-dam group had lodged police report against SEB for trespassing the natives’ NCR lands in the past .

The 1,000mw Baram dam project is next in the pipeline after Murum dam was completed recently.

However, there has been overwhelming objection on the ground as the dam would displace tens of thousands of indigenous people.

The 944mw Murum Dam started impoundment on Oct 1 before the completion of resettlement process.

The resettlement of families from three villages affected by the RM4 billion dam to the Tegulang Resettlement Area was completed while the Metalun Resettlement Area was not ready.

Hundreds of Penans have been staging a blockade outside the Murum dam to demand for their compensation for more than a month.

The Murum dam, some 70km upriver from the mammoth Bakun dam, is the first of the 12 dams planned.

The dams would form the energy backbone of the state government’s SCORE (Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy) initiative to industrialise the state.

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4 Comments »

  1. Lawan Tetap Lawan. Hidup Bangsar Sarawak. Kick out the corrupted in Sarawak.

    Comment by SK Subramaniam — October 25, 2013 @ 5:56 PM | Reply

  2. Stop the bloody damned dams! Why do Sarawak need so many dams? Save the jungles, the indigenous people and living creatures. All are God’s creation and belong to God, not a selected few politicians and cronies.

    Comment by Sharpshooter — October 24, 2013 @ 8:38 PM | Reply

  3. Jangan blockade alang2……. panas panas tahi ayam saja….nnti bila gomen hantar GOF…semua lari, takut kena tangkap.

    Comment by Rod — October 24, 2013 @ 4:45 PM | Reply

  4. Has anybody seen the EIA for the Baram Dam?

    Please leave a link.

    Comment by Swakian — October 24, 2013 @ 10:42 AM | Reply


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