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July 1, 2011

Sinohydro admits flaws in Bakun Dam construction procedures

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Sinohydro admits flaws in Bakun Dam construction procedures

Asian Power

Sinohydro denied accusations it used unsafe construction methods to build Malaysia’s Bakun dam.

Nonetheless, it acknowledges that its construction processes it implemented was not in accordance to  correct procedures.
NGOs have alleged that Sinohydro, a Chinese state-owned enterprise China’s biggest dam builder, improper construction practices in the dam were widespread and pose concerns for its future safety. (more…)

October 31, 2010

Bakun Damned: Where have all the waters gone?

 By HU Editor

(Video link inside)We have just received a call from Daniel, a Kenyah teacher, in Belaga: “Nanga Merit, Nanga Metah, Punan Bah, SK Long Terawan, SK Nanga Merit, SK Punan Bah, Kampung Terawan … All the schools and villages below Belaga Town are cut off because the river has dried up due to the impoundment of Bakun Dam.”

Even the engineers of Sarawak Hydro are telling us that the state government has no plan to overcome the problem because they are unlikely to stop the impoundment.(more…)

October 7, 2010

A westerner who defends Taib’s dams


Torstein Dale Sjotveit, the Norwegian boss of Sarawak’s privatised electricity monopoly, Sarawak Energy Bhd, has alleged that European environmentalists protesting against mass displacement of Sarawakian natives are against “economic development”.

In an interview with radio station BFM aired yesterday in the Klang Valley and parts of nearby states, Sjotveit attacked the NGOs for defending the land rights of natives displaced by the Bakun and Murum dams.

Sjotveit ( right) claimed that European NGOs, such as the Basel-based Bruno Manser Fund (BMF), harboured hidden motives for opposing the building of dams. (more…)

March 27, 2009

Damn the Dams — They only make the First Family richer!!

By Apang

Batang Ai is more often than not associated with the hydro electric dam that supplies electricity to other places outside of Batang Ai, such as Kuching. The Sarawak Chief Minister of donkey number of years had just confirmed in public that there will be 12 more dams in Sarawak.

n_01sarawakdams1Same old developmental arguments are used. The dam projects will benefit the people of the area and of course of the state’s economy as well blah blah blah. Of course what is not mentioned in the public domain is the development of the personal wealth of family members and cronies.

The Stark reality in Batang Ai

In Batang Ai, (more…)

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