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October 28, 2013

Blockades bring work on Baram Dam to standstill

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Natives have successfully blocked works on the Baram Dam and its access road in Sarawak, says the Swiss-based Bruno Manser Fund.

In a statement, it said that last Wednesday, indigenous landowners had set up two blockades in the Baram district on the Malaysian part of Borneo. This has prevented workers in the area from pursuing their work on the proposed Baram Dam.

The natives demand the immediate halt to all planning and construction works at the Baram Dam and its access road.

“Over hundred native landowners from upstream communities set up their blockade above the chosen dam site. They have been confronting the workers of Sarawak Energy.

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“On Thursday they chased out 30 workers doing geological studies at the dam site. On Friday, they convinced another 29 workers to stop their survey work near the dam site.

“They are determined to also confront the remaining workers of Sarawak Energy in the area,” said the statement.

It added that downstream, another group of around one hundred indigenous people had erected a blockade near the small rainforest town of Long Lama. The blockade has stopped cement trucks and workers constructing the access road to the Baram Dam.

“As a result, the works on the Baram dam access road have completely been shut down. However, some survey workers are still in the area. There is also a heavy police presence.

“They have set up a blockade on Sept 17 and are willing to stay there until their demands for fair compensation are met,” continued the statement.

It also called for the Malaysian government and Sarawak Energy to respect the rights of the people at Murum and Baram.

The Baram Dam, planned by the Malaysian electricity supplier Sarawak Energy, would affect up to 20,000 indigenous people and submerge over 400km2 of rainforest.

Sarawak Energy is planning the construction of the Baram Dam as part of the realisation of a series of at least 12 dams in Sarawak.

“The Murum Dam, the first dam, is almost completed and the resettlement of the 1,500 affected people has started. Some Penan communities, however, are resisting.

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5 Comments »

  1. Grabbing of NCR land, removal of subsidised fuel and sugar, no action against corruption, wastage and leakages, ban on Allah and endless lies and deceits. It is time to kick out Taib Mahmud, his gang of Dayak thieves and Umno Baru led BN in Sarawak. Sarawakians must not be tolerant of such nonsense any more. If we have to lose blood to save Sarawak and Malaysia for our future generation we shall do it.. Kick out the thief minister of Sarawak Taib Mahmud and BN and then vote to get out of Malaysia .

    Comment by Patrick Jimbau — October 28, 2013 @ 11:45 PM | Reply

  2. My prayers go to him and may the Almighty God cure him. Praise be The Lord !

    Comment by Angiehung — October 28, 2013 @ 7:25 PM | Reply

  3. The Dayaks in PBB has just endorsed the continued oppression and pillaging of Dayaks lands, forest, jungle and ultimately survival by the minority taib and his followers in Sarawak. Jabu and his dayak followers are happy to let that happened. For them its status quo as long as they can kiss taib’s smelly arse for more hand outs which they can in fact hand out to taib and his followers if only they have 6the guts to put taib and his followers in their rightful place!

    Comment by brian — October 28, 2013 @ 12:33 PM | Reply

  4. The State government led by the thief minister Taib Mahmud must take heed of the dissatifaction and strong protest by the natives of Baram of SEB encroaching into the traditional and NCR land.

    Comment by Irene Kana — October 28, 2013 @ 9:36 AM | Reply

  5. All bros and sis in Christ, please help to pray for one Wong Cheng Yong 22, a victim to cold blooded snatch thief and robbers. Wong is in coma as a result of severe head injuries when the four men on two motorcycles attacked him in Jalan SS25/9 Taman Mayang, PJ.

    May the God of all mercy and loving kindness helps him through this difficult time, heals him from the injury. We also pray that all those who have done the crime will come to repent and stop such acts.

    Thanks

    Comment by Love of All Humankind — October 28, 2013 @ 7:46 AM | Reply


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