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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 27, 2013

Baram Dam: Tengah plays with words

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FMT Staff

Senior Minister Awang Tengah Ali Hassan claims the compensation demanded by the Penans is unreasonable and illogical.

The Sarawak government claims it has “not finalised” the implementation of the Baram project and has urged the communities not to listen to rumours and be unduly worried.

Public Utilities Minister Awang Tengah Ali Hassan said feasibility studies were still underway but no decision have been made. (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


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 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…)

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


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…)

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…)

May 24, 2013

Protestors Make Their Voice Heard At Hydro-Power Conference

Sarawak Report

Right up close – the protestors thronged right outside the conference window leaving delegates in no doubt that aspects of the Hydropower Association sustainability protocol remain unfulfilled in Sarawak

The US$1,700 entrance fee to Taib’s showcase dam building conference, which opened at the Borneo Convention Centre today, is well beyond the means of all the poor folk who stand to be affected by his catastrophic plans to swamp Sarawak.

However, they gathered in protest outside and made their voices heard and their presence felt anyway.

Taib had made provision for a group of selected stooges from Murum and elsewhere to be allowed inside the conference to give an impression of native support. (more…)

May 15, 2013

Did Mawan really beat the odds?

Joseph Tawie
Embattled and coming-from-behind SPDP is now a stronger party, having retained its four parliamentary seats – Saratok, Mas Gading, Baram and Bintulu – despite the odds.

SPDP, an acronym for Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party, was tipped to lose at least three seats – Saratok, Baram and Mas Gading – in the 13th general election.

But the wins have now further strengthened the party and its president William Mawan, who risked reputation and political power when he volunteered to contest the Saratok parliamentary seat.

Saratok and Baram are two of the 27 seats that opposition PKR is studying for electoral irregularities. In Baram SPDP’s Anyi Ngau retained the seat with a 194 vote majority over PKR’s Roland Engan and Independent Patrick Sibat.. (more…)

February 26, 2013

Penans crash Taib’s party

Lu Wei Hoong

Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s recent visit to the sleepy hollow of Long Lama, a remote logging outpost in Sarawak’s vast Baram region, was met with protests from indigenous groups over many issues plaguing their community.

Some 70 people took their protest right up to the doorsteps of Baram MP Jacob Dungau Sagan’s office, which played hosted a function featuring Taib as the guest of honour last Saturday.

The protesters were armed with the placards which read, “stop Baram dam!”, “return our traditional land” and “listen our heave”.  (more…)

September 20, 2012

BN ‘will lose Baram seat’ if mega-dam is built

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Dukau Papau

The BN risks losing a stronghold – the Baram parliamentary seat in Sarawak – in the next general election if the state government persists with building a mega-dam there.

This is because more than 80 percent of the 21,716 voters and their families are claimed to be against the project.

“If the anger of the people can be translated to votes, the BN is certain to face defeat,” said Thomas Jalong (left), the president of Jaringan Orang Asli Semalaysia.

BN’s Baram MP Jacob Sagan Dunggau, a senior vice-president of the Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party, has been re-nominated by his party to defend the seat for the fifth time. (more…)

August 3, 2012

Jacob misleads Baram folks on dam: NGOs

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Save Sarawak’s Rivers Network (SAVE Rivers) and Baram Protection Action Committee (BPAC) take to task the MP for Baram over a “preposterous” statement about the Baram Dam project.

With reference to the statement by Baram MP Jacob Dungau Sagan that appeared in The Borneo Post (26 July 2012) headlined ‘Govt follows requirements on dam construction’, we in Save Sarawak’s Rivers Network (SAVE Rivers) together with the Baram Protection Action Committee (BPAC) would like to make the following statement.

We find Jacob’s statement to be preposterous and it is irresponsible of him as an elected representative of the people of Baram to say that the Government would not flood its own people. (more…)

February 17, 2012

NGO: Map shows extent of Baram dam’s devastation

BMF – Malaysiakini

“According to the map based on intelligence and calculations by the Bruno Manser Fund (BMF), the 162 meter high Baram dam would flood a rainforest area of 412 square km (41,200 hectares) and at least 26 indigenous villages, causing the displacement of up to 20,000 Sarawak natives…A Swiss based NGO has released what they call a “secret map” that paints the picture of the environmental devastation that the proposed Baram dam in Sarawak will cause.

“While the Sarawak government has started legal procedures to extinguish native rights for an access road to the dam site, the affected communities are deliberately being kept in the dark over the extent of the dam plans,” read BMF’s statement yesterday. (more…)

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