Hornbill Unleashed

August 30, 2014

Baleh Dam will be built first, not Baram

Lian Cheng

Baleh Dam will be built first instead of Baram Dam because all indications point toward that direction.

The Social Environment Impact Assessment (SEIA) studies for both dams have been carried out by SEB. The report for Baleh Dam has been completed and has been submitted to the Natural Resource and Environment Board for approval while that of Baram Dam hasn’t been finalised.

“Looking at the progress so far it looks like Baleh Dam will be built first as we have completed the site investigation while the land acquisition process is almost completed. We hope to start the project by next year,” SEB chief executive officer Datuk Torstein Dale Sjoveit told The Borneo Post recently. (more…)

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December 15, 2013

Has Taib Crossed A Line?

Has Taib Crossed A Line?

Sarawak Report

Hundreds rallied in different cities across Sarawak this week to mark International Human Rights Day.

The show of colour and the peaceful nature of the protest were both very typical.

But, if strongman Taib Mahmud still bothers about what his people think, it should have worried him.

Because, these were rural folk.

As past elections have fully demonstrated, Taib has already completely lost the support of the townships in Sarawak.  Those seats went in 2011 and they did not come back in 2013. (more…)

December 4, 2013

Penan blockade lifted after additional RM8,000 paid to protesters, says lawyer

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.DESMOND DAVIDSON

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…)

November 17, 2013

Angry villagers will not surrender land to Baram dam

Dukau Papau

Angry villagers of Kampung Na’ah and Long Kesseh Ulu Baram, who accused Penghulu Ajang Wan and 13 other community leaders of ‘selling’ their ancestral lands against their will to Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB), the owner of the proposed Baram dam, have lodged a police report with a view to initiating legal action against them.

The Kayan and Kenyah communities have three legal options open to them – one under the Kayan/Kenyah Adat and the other two under the Native Court Rules 1993 and the civil court, said Abun Sui Anyit (left), a human rights lawyer.

(more…)

November 14, 2013

Villagers block roads to Baram dam site, want heavy machinery removed

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A group of native villagers who have been protesting against the Baram dam today demanded that Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) keep its word and remove the heavy machinery at the dam site now that the three-week grace period has lapsed.

Peter Kallang, chairman of non-governmental organisation Save Sarawak Rivers (SAVE), said six natives from among the hundreds of villagers who blocked the access road leading to the dam site, handed the letter to SEB. (more…)

Sarawak natives deserve social justice

Alyaa Azhar

Save Rivers chairperson Peter Kallang claims that police had stopped the supply of food, water, medicine from entering Murum.

Social justice must be meted out to the thousands of indigenous community in Sarawak who have reportedly been at the receiving end of the state’s ambitious project to develop 12 dams to support its Sarawak Corridor for Renewable Energy (SCORE) aim.

Alluding to reports of poor and inadequate compensations to native communities who have suffered grave losses as a result of the Batang Ai, Bakun, Baram and Murum dam projects, Sibu-based NGO, Ideal, has called on all Malaysians to back calls for social justice. (more…)

November 9, 2013

Virginity of ex-wife to Taib’s son questioned during RM400m trial

Shahnaz Abdul Majid arrives at Kuala Lumpur Syariah Court.— Saw Siow FengBOO SU-LYN

  • Shahnaz Abdul Majid arrives at Kuala Lumpur Syariah Court.

The ex-wife to the son of Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Taib Mahmud was asked at the Syariah court here today whether she was a virgin when she married him.

At the retrial of Shahnaz Abdul Majid’s RM400 million divorce from Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir Abdul Taib, the latter’s lawyer, Saadiah Din, also asked Shahnaz if she had cooked and cleaned at their matrimonial home. (more…)

Stop all works on Sarawak dams, urge groups

Mkini

A group of 80 NGOs and social activists are urging that all works related to the Baram and Murum dams in Sarawak cease immediately until ‘open and fair’ consultations have taken place with the local community.

In particular, they want the Sarawak state government-related corporations, contractors and agents to stop the impoundment at Murum Dam and arson of nearby Penan communities.

Meanwhile at Baram Dam, the groups demanded that the work related to the survey and construction of the planned dam stop. (more…)

Baram natives sue Taib, state govt

FMT Staff

Affected by the proposed land acquisition for the dam, they are questioning the constitutionality of Section 5(3) and 5(4) of the Sarawak Land Code.

Natives from Long Na’ah and Long Kesseh in Baram are suing Chief Minister Taib Mahmud and the state government over the proposed Baram dam project which will eventually drown their ancestral and communal land.

They have named Taib in his capacity as Minister of Resource Planning and Environment and the state government as first and second defendants respectively. (more…)

November 6, 2013

Embolden for change or face isolation, Dennis tells Orang Ulu

The Borneo Post

The Orang Ulu community of an estimated 300,000 in population, compared to 2.5 million Sarawakians, cannot afford to pull away from the mainstream of development and face isolation.

In this context, the community, especially the younger generation, has to work together if the community is not to be left behind and become part of mainstream development and progress in the country, said Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau Jok.

Making the appeal here yesterday, Dennis urged them to be positive, rational and be wise in their judgment to embrace development activities, programmes and planning by government that will benefit the state and the people including the Orang Ulu community. (more…)

November 5, 2013

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

theborneopost

  • 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.” (more…)

November 4, 2013

Sarawak Energy Retreats From Baram! (For Now)

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Sarawak Energy Retreats From Baram! (For Now)

Sarawak Report

Over the past few days news has come through from both of the main Baram Dam construction sites that Sarawak Energy (SEB) has beaten a retreat.

However, the local blockades, which are being manned by surrounding communities, remain in place to ward off further moves by the state owned company to re-start the dam building project.

The development represents a solid victory for the local people, who are adamantly opposed to the planned mega-dam, which will drive thousands from their homes and flood vast areas of rainforest.

And it is understood that the local Assemblyman Denis Ngau had urged Sarawak Energy to step back from its aggressive implementation of the project in the face of the swelling anger amongst his constituents. (more…)

November 2, 2013

RM618 mil SEB contracts to Taib’s son irks BMF

Winston Way

Swiss based Bruno Manser Fund claims the Sarawak Energy Berhad CEO has ‘lost his credibility’ and is ruining Norway’s reputation.

Sarawak Energy Berhad’s chief executive officer Torstein Dale Sjotveit has made himself a “tool of the Taib Mahmud family’s unrestrained greed and corruption”, claims Swiss NGO,  the Bruno Manser Fund (BMF).

Expressing its shock at the latest disclosure that SEB had awarded Sarawak Cable two new contracts worth RM618 million contract, BMF said the “act has passed all levels of decency”.

Sarawak Cable is helmed by Chief Minister Taib’s eldest son Mahmud Abu Bekir. (more…)

October 31, 2013

Swiss group slams RM600 million energy contract, says company chaired by Sarawak CM’s son

Sarawak's Taib Mahmud is back in the limelight after family-linked company awarded RM600 million contract by state-owned company. - The Malaysian Insider pic, October 31, 2013.

TMI

Sarawak’s Taib Mahmud is back in the limelight after family-linked company awarded RM600 million contract by state-owned company. – The Malaysian Insider pic, October 31, 2013.A company linked to the family of the Sarawak Chief Minister has been awarded a contract worth RM618.6 million by state-owned dam builder Sarawak Energy to develop transmission lines in the state, drawing criticism from a Swiss-based environmental group.

The Bruno Manser Fund (BMF) – a group which has been critical of Sarawak’s policies on its indigenous people – said Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud’s eldest son, Mahmud Abu Bekir, is the chairman of Sarawak Cable Bhd (SCB), whose subsidiary won the contract. (more…)

October 29, 2013

‘Baram Dam site now inaccessible’

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Winston Way

  • Protesting natives have ‘successfully’ chased away Sarawak Energy Berhad workers at Baram dam construction site and blockaded the area.

Natives, mostly Kayans, from Long Lepaut and Long Kesseh  which is downsteam from the Baram Dam site are staging the third phase of their blockade in Long Lama, making the project area inaccessible to Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) workers and officials.

“Baram Dam site is now inaccessible..it is a complete shutdown..,” said local NGO Save Rivers Network chairman Peter Kallang. (more…)

October 28, 2013

Blockades bring work on Baram Dam to standstill

Mkini

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. (more…)

Fresh blockades, warnings to SEB workers

FMT Staff

  • Heavy police presence in downstream Long lama and fresh blockades by natives in upstream Baram has turned the area into a hotspot of demos.

BARAM: Native protestors who chased out 30 Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) workers doing geological studies at the Baram dam site last Wednesday, have set up fresh blockades on the access road into the construction area.

The indigenous landowners set up two blockades and appeared to have successfully prevented workers in the area from returning and pursuing their work on the proposed dam.

Swiss based Bruno Manser Find (BMF) in a statement today said the native are demanding an immeidate halt to all planning and costruction works at the dam site and its access road. (more…)

June 20, 2013

No better life for the Penan, four years after study

Tharshinaa Chandran

The Penan of Baram in Sarawak thought their lives would change for the better after the National Taskforce was set up in 2009 to study their problems.

However, four years later, Amelia Balan, 22, and other Penan women continue to suffer the same problems plaguing their village in Baram Tengah.

The promises of the government to offer them protection from sexual attacks, birth registration and citizenship problems and water and healthcare facilities have yet to be fulfilled.

Disappointed with the stagnant developments in her village, Amelia (left), has come forward with four other Penan women to ask new Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rohani Abdul Karim to deal with the matters affecting her people. (more…)

March 15, 2013

Bakun resettlement issues: Taib blames Putrajaya

Joseph Tawie

Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud has admitted that the government had made mistakes during the implementation of the Bakun Hydroelectric Dam project.

Why is the Sarawak government meeting with and talking to community leaders and representatives who are neither from Baram nor affected by the proposed hydroelectric dam project?

Asking this pertinent question, Save Sarawak Rivers Network (Save Rivers), a local coalition of NGOs here, said in a recent dialogue with Chief Minister Taib Mahmud that only one representative, Lucas Kallang, was from the affected village Long Julan.

The rest, Save Rivers said, were “not directly affected” by the proposed hydroelectric dam. (more…)

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