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November 14, 2013

Let’s unite to support dam blockades in Sarawak

Kua Kia Soong

If the income generated by the dams is below what is predicted, we will have to step in and pay back the loans that were provided to Sarawak Energy Berhad.

What have the blockades by the Sarawak indigenous people against the mega dams to do with West Malaysian tax payers?

Aside from solidarity with the indigenous peoples whose native customary lands have been taken over for the construction of the mega dams and the destruction of more of our rainforest heritage, there is plenty for Malaysian tax payers to worry about. (more…)

October 10, 2013

State asked to run cost-benefit analysis on dams


A view of the Murum Dam.

The state has been called on to run a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis on the proposal to implement large dam projects.

This is a systematic process for calculating and comparing benefits and costs of a project to determine if it is a sound investment and to provide a basis for comparing projects.

“It involves comparing the total expected cost of each option against the total expected benefits, to see whether the benefits outweigh the costs, and by how much,” explained Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How in a press statement. (more…)

October 4, 2013

Govt paid US$133mil for Bakun Dam delays

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Two contractors suffered delays of up to four years in civil engineering works, causing their costs to spike.

The government agreed to pay US$133 million (RM430 million) in compensation to two foreign contractors for losses incurred in the problem-plagued Bakun Dam, an audit has revealed.

The compensation, revealed in the Auditor-General’s annual report, is a rare official acknowledgement of problems in a highly controversial project that Transparency International once labelled a “Monument to Corruption”.

The report submitted to parliament yesterday said two contractors suffered delays of up to four years in civil engineering works, causing their costs to spike. (more…)

September 12, 2013

Penans move to new homes

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Native communities affected by the Murum hydroelectric project have begun the shift to their new homes in the resettlement scheme in Tegulang, upstream Bakun

BELAGA: Eighty-nine Penan families from Long Wat who are affected by the impoundment of the Murum hydro electric project (HEP) have been relocated to a new village resettlement scheme in Tegulang.

Tegulang is in upstream Bakun and according to Belaga assemblyman Liwan Lagang the new village’s location was ‘chosen’ by the Penans themselves.

“The site of the new homes was selected by the affected residents during a SEIA (Social and Environmental Impact Assessment) process. (more…)

July 9, 2013

Rights of owners of NCR land on islands in Bakun recognised

Peter Sibon and James Ling @theborneopost

TO BE GAZETTED: A view of some of the islands in Bakun HEP Dam.

The government will safeguard the rights of the people in Belaga whose Native Customary Rights (NCR) land are affected by the move to gazette 18 islands in Bakun HEP dam.

The assurance came from Belaga assemblyman Liwan Lagang who said his office will welcome those who need assistance.

“If your NCR land is affected by the gazette, please come and see me,” said Liwan who is also Assistant Minister of Culture and Heritage.


July 7, 2013

In another blow, Bakun to be gazetted as national park

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Lee Way Loon

The indigenous people from Bakun, Sarawak, may face yet another blow after they were forced to leave their homeland some 15 years ago to make way for a controversial hydropower dam project.

A notice has been issued by the state government in an attempt to gazette their homelands as the ‘Bakun Islands National Park’.

In the notice, which was published in the local newspaperBorneo Post last Tuesday, Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud has listed 18 islands within the Bakun dam area to be gazetted as the national park. (more…)

December 14, 2012

Plan to dam Sarawak frontier for energy generates dismay


File photo of Taib in his Rolls Royce in Kuching. His chauffeured Rolls Royce is a common sight in the Sarawak capital. — Reuters pic

The trucks that ply the rough road to the Murum dam under construction in Sarawak kick up clouds of dust that obscure the trail and make driving treacherous. Within an hour, at least 40 of them go by, laden with freshly-cut timber.

The dam on a tributary of the Rajang River is just the start of a staggeringly ambitious plan to block many of the state’s major waterways by 2020 to tap cheap energy and turn one of Malaysia’s poorest states into a Southeast Asian industrial and energy hub. (more…)

November 27, 2012

Clean Energy? Sarawak’s Dirty Dam Projects Set Up A Stink!

Sarawak Report

Putrid and dangerous – there is nothing clean about the waters of the Bakun Dam or the corruption that swills round Sarawak’s dam projects.

The people advising Sarawak Energy (SEB), in particular Australia’s Hydro Tasmania, have taken every opportunity to portray the dams planned for Sarawak as a ‘clean’ and ‘sustainable’ energy source.

Hydro Tasmania in fact frequently implies that dams are “carbon neutral” and has declared that the company itself will become a “carbon neutral company” by the end of this year, after decommissioning gas powered electricity plants.

However, representatives of the growing anti-dam movement in Sarawak are touring Australia with a very different story. (more…)

November 14, 2012

James Masing tells clean energy activists to ‘stop breathing’

Bakun dam during construction. Photo by: Mohamad Shoox.mongabay

Bakun dam during construction. Photo by: Mohamad Shoox.

A top minister in the Malaysian state of Sarawak has told activists campaigning for cleaner energy to ‘stop breathing’, reportsThe Borneo Post.

“I would like to throw a challenge at them (critics) on two fronts,” Land Development Minister Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing told the newspaper. “Firstly, please provide us with the best source of alternative power besides fossil fuel, and secondly, they have to stop breathing if they criticize just for the sake of criticizing.” (more…)

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