Hornbill Unleashed

November 5, 2013

SEB to lodge report on destruction of core samples at Long Kahah


  • DESTROYED: One of the activists stands on the ruins of the core samples at the soil investigation site at Baram.

Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) confirmed that it will lodge further police reports

against those responsible for destroying core samples from the soil investigation work and threatening of workers conducting site investigation in preliminary feasibility works on the proposed Baram Dam.

SEB Chief of Corporate Services Aisah Eden said: “We have provided the police with a detailed file including video and photographic evidence of the destruction of core samples and other valuable property at Long Kahah (downstream of Long Na’ah). In addition, both Sarawak Energy and our contractors have made detailed statements concerning aggressive threats of physical violence made by specific individuals against our workers.”

According to Aisah, the damage to the core samples is estimated to run up to a million ringgit.

“If these NGOs and their foreign counterpart, Bruno Manser Foundation, think we are going to be intimidated by these irresponsible actions, then they are wrong. People who engage in this kind of behaviour will face the full consequences of both the criminal and civil law.”

SEB senior manager responsible for Community Engagement Jiwari Abdullah said these NGOs have now revealed their true colours, displaying their violence and intimidation after failing to make any impact in Sarawak.

“I was saddened to learn that the Bruno Manser Foundation even staged a protest at our CEO’s home in Oslo with the intention of frightening his family,” he said.

“If Bruno Manser has enough money to employ a football team of so-called activists in Switzerland and to fly naïve young people to perform foolish stunts in Norway, why is it that in all my years in the interior of Sarawak, I have never seen them achieve anything on the ground for the indigenous people whose rights they claimed to be championing?”

Endorsing his team’s remarks, SEB chief executive officer Datuk Torstein Sjotveit went on to say that Sarawak Energy has been much more active in pushing out the facts over recent months.

“The communication of the truth has infuriated our detractors, who are now resorting to the tactics of the gutter,” said Sjotveit.

“At Sarawak Energy, the welfare of the people potentially affected by our work enjoys our constant focus and attention. While there is always more to learn, we have made strong progress and we look forward to being a good neighbour to the communities with which we (will) work for many decades to come,” he added.


  1. What core samples are they talking about? Those samples were taken from a disputed area in the Orang Ulu heart land and they cry over it? They have no business whatsoever going around digging in those places knowing very well the people are against the building of the damned dam. What exactly were they expecting the people to do with those samples? POS LAJU the samples to them?

    This Torstein is really one dumb Norwegian and so is his team!

    Comment by brian — November 7, 2013 @ 9:41 AM | Reply

  2. Amazing how shallow these Swak corporate executives are. Just say the technical stuffs or evidence and shut the f#*^ up. As crappy as their foreign boss!

    Comment by electra — November 6, 2013 @ 2:37 PM | Reply

  3. The roads constructed by the armies in some remote part of Sarawak are far below engineering standard as the slopes are not protected from soil erosion and the width is barely enough for one way motoring. It is shockng that the Sarawak State government and Federal government were just trying to appease the rural population of Sarawak for promises unkept and long overdue development by constructing below standard roads now.

    Comment by Awaken Dayak — November 5, 2013 @ 3:25 PM | Reply

    • Billions of ringgit of Rural Development Fund over the past 40 years had not been properly accounted for and if based on the allcatin alone, we would have accomplished a 6 lanes Pan Borneo Hghway 20 years. 100 percent of all the 31 parliamentary cnstituencies would also be connected with electricity and clean water. instead the thief minister, his family and cronies became billionaires. Including the thief minister himself Sarawak now boast of at least 15 billionaires.

      Comment by Special Branch — November 5, 2013 @ 7:26 PM | Reply

      • error …allocation.

        Comment by Special Branch — November 5, 2013 @ 7:27 PM | Reply

  4. Sarawakians should be making police and MACC reports against the CEO SEB for abusing his position by awarding mega projects to the thief minister group of companies without tenders.

    Comment by SK Subramaniam — November 5, 2013 @ 12:33 PM | Reply

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