The Penang state government will freeze 1MDB’s purchase of 234 acres of land in Air Itam until there is “accountability and transparency” with regard to the allegation-riddled firm, said Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
This comes in the wake of the state legislative assembly passing a motion to block any state transaction with 1MDB last Friday.
1MDB had purchased the Air Itam land for RM1.38 billion before the 13th general election.
Lim said the state is blocking the transaction because it is not confident that 1MDB would facilitate the building of 9,999 homes for the 3,000 families who would be evicted.
“There is public concern on whether the promises are practical and can be fulfilled given the high investment and the fact that (1MDB) does not own 100 percent of the land,” he added in a media statement. (more…)
The Center to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) which recently launched its Northern region office in Penang, today conducted a test case to request information on the Penang Highway, Tunnel and Public Transport project under the Freedom of Information Act 2012 (FOIA). The FOIA was passed by the state legislative assembly on 4 November 2011 and gazetted on 2 February 2012.
There are mainly two questions that C4 Center had requested for.
First was information on the agreement signed between the Penang State Government and Zenith BUCG to carry out the feasibility studies, the environmental impact assessment report (EIA), the detailed designs of the three proposed highways and the undersea bed tunnel.
Secondly, information was also requested on the detailed costs related to these projects. (more…)
Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem today said that efforts will be made to have one more state seat specifically for the Penans so that each minority ethnic group is represented in the state assembly.
He said that now, it could be said that almost all minority ethnic groups in Sarawak had elected representatives, either in Parliament or the State Legislative Assembly.
“The Kayan have and also the Kenyah, Lun Bawang and Bisaya,” he said at a gathering with people from Telang Usan, Mulu and Ba’kelalan, here.
In fact, he said, for the 11th Sarawak state election, two new seat were created for the orang Ulu (minority ethnic groups) following requests by the state government, namely Mulu for the Kelabit and Murum for the Kenyah. Polling is this Saturday.
“This is your opportunity to have a voice in the State Legislative Assembly,” he said. (more…)
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng will fly to Kuching, Sarawak with state executive councillor Chow Kon Yeow tomorrow morning to see if they will be allowed entry into the state.
“I have written to the Sarawak chief minister on Tuesday to allow Pakatan Harapan leaders to enter the state, so we will see what happens tomorrow, as we will enter Kuching as members of government and parliamentarians,” Lim told reporters today.
He accused the Sarawak government of abusing its powers by stopping leaders from the federal opposition from entering the state.
“I can’t understand why Dr Afif and Malik were not allowed entry. What type of security risks do they pose? They are exco members here,” he said, referring to Penang state excos Dr Afif Bahardin and Datuk Abdul Malik Kassim, both of whom were barred entry into the state this week. (more…)
The state education department’s claims that it had resolved a bullying and gangsterism case at a school here was a cover up of the “racism” practised by the school management, Penang Deputy Chief Minister Prof P. Ramasamy alleged today.
He accused the headmaster and senior assistant (student affairs) of SMK Bandar Tasek Mutiara of racism by punishing ethnic Indian students who were allegedly involved in a fight with Malay students.
“They expelled two Indian students but they did not take any action against the other students involved who are Malays,” Ramasamy claimed in a press conference today.
He said state education department director Shaari Osman merely sent a circular to all schools to remind teachers and students to be more sensitive towards each other’s races.
“He claimed the issue was resolved and that the senior assistant was transferred so there was no more issue, but this is not true because the other students involved in the fights were not punished,” he said. (more…)
The Education Department, police and SK Bario must investigate how a nine-year old Penan boy became so seriously injured on his forehead while in the boarding school recently.
Batu Lintang assemblyman and state PKR vice chairman See Chee How, who made the call, said, “We must ensure that boarding schools, particularly those in the rural interior areas, are safe learning houses for our children, bearing in mind that most of these children are away from their parents at tender ages.
“Besides that, it was also highlighted in a Federal Cabinet report that the perception of parents on safety and security of boarding schools are delicate issues that have led to high dropout rates, particularly amongst minority ethnic communities, particularly Penan students.”
The boy was allegedly hit on March 28 by a brick on his left forehead that required 36 stitches. A doctor at a nearby clinic stitched him up and advised his parents to send him to Miri Hospital, but Miri Hospital referred the case to Sarawak General Hospital (SGH). (more…)
A person can choose to sell his property at whatever price he wants to sell. It is his prerogative.
It can be way below market value or far above the market price. It is his property and it is his decision. That is not criminal in nature and he has not committed any crime in doing so.
However, if his property was sold below market value in order to receive kickbacks in return, then it is something else. Whatever kickback he gets out of this deal not only will make good what he had lost in the sale, but he will also reap a greater profit from it. That would involve corruption.
The MP for Tasek Glugor, Shabudin Yahya, had implied an element of corruption in the purchase of a house allegedly bought at below market price by the chief minister of Penang. (more…)
Penan artisans from Murum Resettlement Scheme received further exposure on handicraft entrepreneurship at the National Craft Day exhibition held at the Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex recently.
They were among the 500 entrepreneurs and artisans who participated in the exhibition with the objective of exploring opportunities to expand their business locally and to the international market.
Visitors to the exhibition booths included entrepreneurs, craft enthusiasts and tourists from Europe and the United States and also locals.
Four artisans namely Carrick Ulie, Bonny Sanai, Meragung Lawai and Unyang Gasing from Long Wat and Long Malim were sponsored by Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) to take part in the exhibition which was held from Feb 24 to March 6. (more…)
With the public eye firmly on Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s RM2.8 million home, the state Umno Youth has signalled that more “evidence” will surface this week that they claim will answer questions over the purchase.
The state opposition party’s wing chief Rafizal Abd Rahim said that they were convinced there were corruption elements involved in house at Jalan Pinhorn, George Town, adding that they have shared their findings with federal graft investigators.
However, he was coy when asked if Penang Umno will also make public their purported “evidence”.
“Wait and see, but hopefully we do,” Rafizal told Malay Mail Online at the Umno headquarters today after his wing meeting.
The Umno man said that since the wing has submitted its findings to the MACC, it was only proper for the commission to complete its corruption investigation on the DAP leader first and announce “whether there is corruption or not”. (more…)
Can Penang’s real estate glisten like gold in a softening property market and sustain a high level of activity in the residential and commercial sectors? The word among industry experts is that the market will be resilient on the back of sustained demand from Malaysians.
However, a vote of confidence from Knight Frank Malaysia, a global property consultancy, over Penang’s commercial property appeal as the top draw in Malaysia will serve as a catalyst in foreign purchases as well.
With only 293 sq km to accommodate a population of an estimated 720,000 to 760,000, and a hive of business activity to the tune of billions of ringgit, the island has five developers undertaking RM4.33bil in property projects this year. (more…)
Penang PAS has organised a meeting between state mufti Wan Salim Mohd Noor and a group of Christians led by Bishop Sebastian Francis on Feb 29.
Abdul Rahman Kassim, the state PAS coodinator on interfaith issues, said Parti Amanah Negara vice-president Mujahid Yusof Rawa will also be present.
State PAS commisioner Fauzi Yusof is expected to lead the party’s delegates to the meeting, which will be held at the state mufti’s office in Komtar.
“The mufti is prepared to answer questions on the Islamic State, hudud, cases of custody involving children of divorced parents, civil and syariah court rulings and matters pertaining to religious issues that affect non-Muslims,” Abdul Rahman told Malaysiakini. (more…)
The sacking of two Penang PKR assemblymen from state agencies is constitutional, but it is up to the people to give their verdict in the next general election, a law expert says.
Dr Abdul Aziz Bari said that was the essence of collective responsibility which stood at the very heart of parliamentary system of the government.
“Constitutionally, sacking party member who does not toe the party line is within the bounds of the law,” he told The Malaysian Insider.
He said the federal Cabinet and state executive council were under the prerogative of the head of government, which in Malaysia was either the prime minister, menteri besar or chief minister. (more…)
Alah Beling used to believe that staging blockades here was the only way for the local Penans to defend their rights to the land.
The 58-year-old thought that by doing that, he and fellow villagers could get the state government and logging companies to listen to their plight and attend to their demands.
“Only now I realise how wrong that was. I was detained in Lambir for a month for that. When I got out, there was no change—not even a bit.
“The environmentalists and human rights activists, whom we met then, told us it was the only way for us to get the state government and (logging) companies to listen. Looking back, it was a silly decision on our part,” said the Penan community leader from the Long Beluk resettlement scheme. (more…)
Eleven Penan leaders have demanded that Adelaide University in Australia return A$400,000 (about RM1.2 million) in donation received from former Sarawak chief minister Taib Mahmud.
The letter, sent to Adelaide University vice-chancellor Warren Bebbington and signed by the Penan leaders with their thumbprints, said the donation should be returned to Sarawak as they claimed the money was illegally acquired by Taib.
“When Taib studied law in Adelaide as a young man, he was as poor as we are today. Later on, he decided to become a politician.
“But instead of helping us indigenous people, Taib became greedy and was only interested in enriching himself and his family members,” read the letter, which was signed by former Penan penghulu James Lalo Keso. (more…)
The grassroots are not concerned over the RM2.6 billion donation or 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), so Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin should stop harping on it, a Penang Umno delegate said today.
Datuk Musa Sheikh Fadzir warned Muhyiddin to stop his “road shows” criticising Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak, and urged the deputy president to only speak publicly on matters that could strengthen the party.
He also asked former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to stop speaking negatively about Umno, adding that every insult he hurled at Najib was an insult to its members.
“To the deputy president, no more road shows on 1MDB. If you want to go on road shows, just talk about how we can strengthen the party,” said Musa when debating at the party general assembly in PWTC, Kuala Lumpur. (more…)
Is there a message when five PKR state assemblymen abstained from voting during a house vote on a motion on land reclamation that was brought by an Umno legislator at the Penang State Assembly?
Did they fully understand their actions or did they misinterpret the system?
Malaysia follows the Westminster system where members of the House vote as a team. To ensure this, a monitor known as Whip enforces party line although in certain rare circumstances the Whip may be relaxed and allow members to vote based on individual conscience – free voting or conscience vote.
Those supporting the reclamation land motion might have used the term free voting or conscience vote too loosely. (more…)
The decision on banning the use of loudspeakers outside the mosques and surau except for the prayer call or ‘azan’ and ‘iqamah’ in Penang will be gazetted soon.
This was stated in a letter from the Penang State Mufti Office dated Sept 1 concerning the decision of the Penang State Fatwa Committee meeting on July 1 and 2 and confirmed at the Penang State Fatwa Committee meeting on Aug 23 and 24.
The letter quoting excerpts of the minutes of the Penang State Fatwa Committee Meeting stated that the meeting had agreed that the command decided at the State Fatwa Committee Meeting dated April 7, 2011 on the prohibition of reading the Al-Quran before ‘Subuh’ (dawn) using the loudspeakers outside the mosque and surau must be improved by including the prohibition on the use of loudspeakers outside the mosques and surau for all programmes, meetings and so on. (more…)
A group of individuals wearing red shirts “dropped by” at a post-Bersih 4 forum featuring Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah, several opposition elected reps and activists in Bayan Baru, Penang tonight.
They were spotted entering Dewan MBPP at about 9.25pm as activist Adam Adli Abdul Halim was speaking.
The 40-odd individuals were welcomed by the host of the programme, Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tzin, who said the forum was open to everyone.
Members of the audience, mainly made up senior citizens, clapped to welcome the group to the “Post Bersih 4: Where is Malaysia heading?” forum. (more…)
The Malaysian Armed Forces and the police will take part in the 2015 National Day celebration in Penang after all.
Armed Forces chief Gen Zulkifli Mohd Zin said they would take part in the procession after the Penang State government withdrew its state-level national day celebration theme and adopted the national theme.
Inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar said PDRM would also take part in the celebration. “Okay, we will join the parade,” he said.
Zulkifeli and Khalid were commenting on the decision of Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng who announced the withdrawal of the state level national day celebration theme of ‘Bersih, Cekap, Amanah’. (more…)
PKR today acknowledged that the Pakatan Rakyat as a formal coalition is no more, but a coalition government is still intact in Penang and Selangor.
“We are thankful to Allah SWT for the spirit and cooperation of Pakatan Rakyat in Selangor under the leadership of Menteri Besar Azmin Ali, and in the leadership of the Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng (which) continues,” said PKR president Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
As for the PAS-led Kelantan government, Wan Azizah (photo) said PKR will continue to support the leadership of its Menteri Besar Ahmad Yaakob. (more…)
The media was told not to cover or write about the talk tonight by senior lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah at Permatang Pauh, the constituency of jailed Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim.
Shafee, who led the Sodomy II prosecution team, is on a roadshow to talk about the case.
The event tonight is organised by a pro-Umno NGO Kelab Warisan Mutiara Pulau Pinang.
The organiser of the talk dubbed ‘Sejenak bersama TS Shafee Abdullah’ told reporters to leave the hall at the Seberang Perai Politeknik before the talk began. (more…)
Facing a mammoth parliamentary by-election in their backyard, Penang PKR has started to take the first step towards closing ranks and empowering their grassroots.
In a move which observers foresee as an attempt to patch up differences within the state leadership, it is learnt that former PKR Balik Pulau MP Yusmadi Yusoff was appointed as an advisor to the Penang PKR Youth.
For the past several months, the state PKR has been experiencing much haggling over the party’s direction, state policies and of late, over who should be appointed as municipal councillors. (more…)
Penang is worried that the Election Commission (EC) will conduct a state constituency re-delineation exercise, similar to the one it announced in Sarawak.
On Monday, the EC announced that Sarawak would have an increase of 11 state seats.
The fear is compounded by the EC’s refusal to meet the Penang state-appointed committee on re-delineation, despite the committee requesting for a meeting in November. (more…)
Protesters holding placards outside the Kampung Rawa mosque in George Town after Friday prayers, demanding Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to be jailed.
Perkasa protesters’ behaviour yesterday over the “Allah” issue was highly embarrassing and not representative of Muslims, said Penang PKR.
Its chairman, Datuk Mansor Othman, said the coarse language used was very shameful as the words were uttered after the protesters conducted their Friday prayers. (more…)
There is nothing wrong in Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng saying that non-Muslims can use the word ‘Allah’, said opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim today.
“He’s absolutely right, there is a compelling reason to support the position he takes,” he said.
Anwar explained that world renowned religious leaders such as Dr Sheikh Yusof Qardawi have expressed their openness in allowing non-Muslims to use the word ‘Allah’. (more…)
The Deputy Chief Minister supports Chief Minister Adenan Satem whose vision is the same as that of Sarawak Governor Abdul Taib Mahmud.
Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu Anak Numpang has advised the Penan community to take a good look at themselves and take stock of where they were going.
He argued that those who taught the Penans to set up blockades and demand compensation from timber companies “were actually making the Penans lazy and dependent on the compensation”. (more…)
Members of Penang’s Voluntary Patrol Unit (PPS) during a state-level Merdeka parade last August.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has declared Penang’s Voluntary Patrol Unit (PPS) an illegal organisation, and its assets and properties will be seized, the Home Ministry said today.
Its secretary-general Datuk Seri Mohamad Khalid Shariff said Zahid made the declaration yesterday, invoking Section 5(1) of the Societies Act 1966, which empowers the minister to declare an organisation illegal. (more…)
The Sarawak Penans are appealing to Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem to reconsider the ethnic group’s request to alienate land for a Peace Park.
A Penan village chief has appealed to Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem to reconsider the ethnic group’s request to alienate land for a Peace Park.
The government under Adenan’s predecessor Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud had rejected the idea of alienating a large swath of land in the interior close to the Sarawak-Kalimantan border exclusively for a small ethnic group. (more…)
Australian journalist Paul Malone urges Sarawak CM Adenan Satem to grant the Penan rights over their traditional lands.
Two visiting writers from Australia and Switzerland are in the Sarawak capital in the hope that they can call on Chief Minister Adenan Satem and present him with copies of their books to persuade a change in government policies towards the Penan, on timber and the environment as well as see the necessity for good governance.
Australian journalist Paul Malone wrote, “The Peaceful People: The Penan and their fight for the forest” (more…)
An Australian journalist of 40 years’ standing, Paul Malone, has described the Penan as ‘peaceful people’ who refused to mount revenge attacks even when their women and children were massacred by outsiders.
“They have shown great restraint in their anti-logging and anti-dam protests, where excessive force has been used against them,” Malone says in his book ‘The Peaceful People: The Penan and their fight for the forest’.
The book was launched in Kuching this afternoon by Sarawak PKR vice-chairperson and Batu Lintang assemblyperson See Chee How. (more…)
Did you know that every time a minister or the local YB visited their areas, the Penans would set up blockades to their settlements?
“Setting up blockades will not help their cause. How will the government develop their areas if blockades are set up everywhere?” asked Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu last week.
The Penans have been warned they will be left behind if they continue to run away from the government.
Of course Jabu knows the “simple-minded” Penans are just innocent victims of instigation, which is why “the government does not blame them”. (more…)
Was the recent visit of Deputy Chief Minister and Minister of Rural Development Alfred Jabu anak Numpang to the upper reaches of Baram River by helicopter ‘official’ or to fish for Malaysia’s most expensive fish – the empurau.
This is what Save Rivers Sarawak Network (Save Rivers) demands to know.
“Based on ground reports and from timber workers, Jabu seemed to enjoy fishing for the empurau,” Save Rivers chairperson Peter Kallang (left) said today.
The empurau in the Kuching market, fetches between RM600 and RM800 per kilogramme. (more…)
A British filmmaker has released a documentary based on the life and trials of the Penan tribe in Sarawak, to coincide with the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples at the United Nations in New York.
The 30-minute video by Ross Harrison was released with the support of Swiss-based rainforest advocacy group Bruno Manser Fund, a strong critic of former Sarawak chief minister, Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud.
Harrison spent six weeks last year living with the Penang tribe in making the documentary, “Sunset Over Selungo”, named after a remote river in the state. (more…)
Former chief justice Abdul Hamid Mohamad has highlighted the problems faced by Muslims in Penang, which he warned could spread if left unchecked.
Among others, he said a former Penang mufti told him that it was difficult to secure allocations for Islamic activities in the state as various religious groups wanted their fair share.
“If this is not stopped, it will spread to the whole of Malaysia. Maybe Islamic programmes will have to be shared with other religions.
“Government departments and campuses may be required to not only prepare surau but also churches, gurdwara and temples,” he added. (more…)
The plight of the suffering Penans who had to make way for the Murum Dam in Sarawak has been reconfirmed by Suhakam commissioner James Nayagam.
Nayagam who visited the displaced community recently managed to witness first-hand the horrendous situation they are in and the “empty promises” made to the Penans by the state government.
For starters, the Suhakam commissioner acknowledged that the access road to the resettlement areas was in deplorable condition. When it rained, it became inaccessible even to 4WD vehicles to ferry the children to school. (more…)
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James with pupils at a primary school near the Murum resettlement
The promised brighter future for Penans who made ways for the Murum Dam turned out to be another miserable letdown with unfulfilled promises, no schooling and inadequate infrastructures, among other dissatisfying living conditions.
The disgruntlement of the community at the two resettlement areas – Metalun and Tegulang – was brought to the attention of the Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) yesterday.
“The access road to the resettlement areas were in bad condition, especially when it rains – it cannot be used to ferry the children to school using the four-wheel drive,” Suhakam Commissioner James Nayagen pointed out. (more…)
CAPT DR THIRU JR
Yes minister, no problem!
Governments and corporations must exercise greater responsibility when engaging with those most affected by their developments.
BY the time you even get to the first sentence, I would be halfway to my wife’s longhouse in Betong, near Sri Aman, for a two-day trip before heading straight to London to finish the remaining Gawai Dayak celebrations with a well-deserved holiday.
Driving makes me think so I found my mind shifting itself to a Gawai Dayak message this week. (more…)
While the community is thankful to Chief Minister Taib Mahmud, they hope his successor will give them more in terms of social economic opportunities, and educational and infrastructural development.
The Penan community are hoping that new Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem will create more opportunities for the community to develope and improve themselves.
Community leader Hassan Sui said their main quest was to improve their living standards.
There are 15,000 Penans in the state. (more…)
Catholic priests in Penang have urged their parishioners to continue keeping calm following two incidents on Sunday and early yesterday morning that were meant to provoke religious tension.
Church of the Assumption (pic) parish priest Father Dominic Santhiyagu said today that parishioners are happy that in the midst of the incidents, all segments of society and race have called to provide moral and spiritual support.
“We are sad that there are elements out to create mischief between the various communities. (more…)
BN leaders have joined others in Penang to express their condemnation of the recent attacks on churches in the northern state.
Penang Gerakan chief Teng Chang Yeow said these were “cowardice acts by irresponsible elements”.
“They (the culprits) do not deserve to be called Malaysians. Malaysians love peace and harmony,” he said, speaking from Singapore.
Teng urged the police to act fast to bring the culprits to book. (more…)
The controversial banner which was put up outside a few churches of different denominations in Penang today.
A Catholic priest has advised Christians not to react to a number of banners which read “Allah is Great, Jesus is the son of Allah” that appeared outside churches in Penang to prevent religious tension from rising.
The banners were hung outside the Victory Lutheran Church, St John Britto Catholic Church, The Church of the Immaculate Conception and the Church of the Assumption on the island and the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Butterworth on the mainland. (more…)
Tensions went up a notch in Penang today when a Muslim non-governmental organisation demanded that local authorities ban the open selling of pork in the state.
Solidarity and Charity Organisation (Isco) claimed that the selling of pork openly was a disregard to Muslim sensitivity in the state.
Its president, Abdul Rahman Makhtun, said in a letter to Penang Island Municipal Council (MPPP) president Datuk Patahiyah Ismail today that the council should be more aware of Muslim sensitivity as the animal was haram in Islam. (more…)
Although DAP national chief Karpal Singh has urged the Penang government to seek legal advice on the use of the word ‘Allah’ by non-Muslims in the state before a conviction occurs, state leaders have been silent over the matter.
Under the Penang Islamic Religious Administration Enactment 2004, non-Muslims are prohibited from using 40 words, including ‘Allah’.
Conviction under the Enactment carries a RM3,000 fine or jail term not exceeding two years or both. (more…)
The indigenous language radio station Radio Free Sarawak broke the news today that the community of Murum Penan, resettled by Sarawak Energy, are making emergency calls to say they are now cut off by the dam’s rising waters and running out of food supplies.It was the same day that it emerged that the Norwegian CEO, who has made much of his role in allegedly transforming and improving the lives of the natives of Sarawak, will leave at the end of his current contract later this year.
The Environment and native rights group, the Bruno Manser Fund, revealed the news of Mr Torstein Dale Sjotveit’s departure in a press release late afternoon: (more…)
A young Penan mother and her baby leaving their old longhouse at Long Tangau to their new resettlement village at Metalun last Sunday. – The Malaysian Insider pic, December 3, 2013.The 77-day Penan blockade of the Murum hydroelectric dam has been lifted, following an extra RM8,000 offered to each family.
The end of the blockade was announced yesterday by one of the state’s Native Customary Rights (NCR) land lawyers, Abun Sui Anyit.
Anyit, who is also offering legal assistance to the protesting Penans, said they had been “strong-armed by the state government into accepting a token compensation package”. (more…)
According to their lawyer, the Penans were forced into accepting a RM23,000 compensation per family, RM8,000 more than the previous offer.
MURUM: The Penans here have been forced to concede defeat and abandon their blockades after 77 days as impoundment of the contentious Murum Dam continued.
According to villagers, flooding will soon drown their longhouses, logging roads and bridges, completely destroying their lives and livelihood. (more…)
This picture taken last month shows banners proclaiming dissatisfaction with the Baram dam project.
Sarawak is bullying its indigenous people with a compensation package that has been called “a joke” for those who have been displaced by a dam project in Malaysia’s largest state, an activist told The Malaysian Insider.
Peter Kallang, chairman of Save Sarawak Rivers, trashed the package which Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said “is probably among the best in the world”. (more…)