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October 3, 2013

Police arrest a Penan near Murum dam

MurumDukau Papau

Police from Belaga fired shots into the air to stop more than 300 protesters who also wanted to be arrested after a protester, Ngang Buling, was arrested at their Murum dam blockade site at 10.10am today.

Save Sarawak Rivers Network (Save) chairperson Peter Kalang said after Ngang was arrested, some 300 others who were guarding the blockade rushed to the police personnel and demanded that they be arrested as well.

“The police feared some untoward incident might take place and fired shots into the air to stop the action of the protesters,” Kalang said in a message to Malaysiakini. (more…)


Foreign Troublemaker Causes Anguish In Murum

Sarawak Report

Native people of Murum say they are being bothered by a foreign troublemaker and have lodged a police report against him.

Torstein Dale Sjotveit is a Norwegian, who yesterday caused complaints after shouting in the faces of Penan indigenous people, whom he is ejecting from their ancient homelands.

It is also alleged that he berated the police, calling them ‘cowards‘ for not taking harsher action against the protesting natives. (more…)

October 2, 2013

‘Dam workers’ lives threatened by protesters’


Workers at the Murum hydroelectric dam had their lives threatened by protesters who were instigated by “foreign troublemakers and anti-government NGOs”, Sarawak Energy Bhd says.

It said in a statement that the incident involved a “small” group of protesters who on Sept 28 allegedly threatenedits workers, using machetes.

This halted work on the  powerhouse and tunnel, which only resumed this afternoon.

However, in a press conference after lodging a police report against SEB this afternoon, Penan protesters said that SEB’s CEO Torstein Dale Sjotveit and police were “rough” towards the protesters and verbally abused them. (more…)

September 26, 2013

‘Sarawak Energy workers committed arson’

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Winston Way

SAVE Rivers Network chairman claims workers from state electricity board burnt down a village and sunk boats of the villagers.

An NGO leader today claimed workers from the Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) committed arson on a Penan village in Belaga while several boats belonging to the natives were sunk, prior to the unexpected impoundment of the Murum Dam.

SAVE Rivers Network chairman Peter Kallang made this allegation through his latest Facebook post yesterday. (more…)

September 10, 2013

Open Letter To Najib Razak – Stop Taib’s Abuse Of The Murum Penan

Sarawak Report

Progress? Taib made billions out of their timber and lands and is now making billions from Murum Dam. Yet these Penan have been forced to live in a converted chicken coop at Sungai Asap.

Dear Prime Minister – As you know, Malaysia voted in favour of the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on Indigenous Rights (UNDRIP) and is a signatory to the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.

Malaysia is also a member of the International Finance Corporation (formulator of the World Bank’s sustainability  framework) and Sarawak Energy is a Board Member of the International Hydropower Association, which has produced a protocol governing the building of dams. (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 20, 2013

Kuching Conference Threatens Image Of International Hydropower Association

Sarawak Report

Millionaire Tostein Sjotveit poses with the kids he plans to wash out of their homes.

The Chief Executive of Taib’s closely controlled Sarawak Energy Board, the Norwegian Torstein Dale Sjotveit, has been working hard to merit his extraordinary four million dollar a year salary.

His principle job is to push through SCORE, which is the Chief Minister’s monstrous plan to build up to 50 dams in the state.

It is also to make sure that all the plum Sarawak Energy contracts go to Taib’s own family in the process.

Building ‘respectability’ (more…)

May 18, 2013

Sarawak dams will flood 2,300 sq km, warns BMF


VIDEO | 1.32 min The Swiss-based Bruno Manser Fund (BMF) has warned of possible degradation of the environment and social effects on the Sarawak indigenous people, following the proposed flooding of 11 dams which may cover an area of 2,300 square km of rainforests or one-and-a-half times the area of Greater London.

BMF, which released a map of the possible repercussions, said it is concerned over this fact following Sarawak’s hosting of the International Hydro-power Association’s (IHA) World Congress in Kuching for three days beginning May 21.

It said Sarawak Energy, the state’s power monopoly, is planning to realise the dams by 2020.  (more…)

April 9, 2013

Don’t believe BN promises, natives told

Joseph Tawie

Thus far the Sarawak government has failed to meet promises made to resettle natives in Batang Ai and Bakun, says a local NGO.

Sungai Asap, where 10,000 natives of Belaga were resettled after they succumbed to the promises of the Sarawak administration in regards to the Bakun Dam is almost empty these days.

About 7,000 settlers have left the resettlement scheme in search of a better living elsewhere. (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…)

February 7, 2013

Taib Turns King Coal

Sarawak Report

‘Sustainability Champion’ dam-builder Torstein is now backing King Coal.

Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s Norwegian side-kick, Torstein Dale Sjotveit, is clearly worth every penny of his $4million plus salary each year.

As the CEO of Sarawak Energy, he has proved happy to support and promote every plan the Chief Minister puts forward, even when it involves pouring public money into Taib’s own family companies (which all Taib’s plans invariably do).

The latest move is to open up Sarawak’s coal reserves with the view of selling them off as fast as possible, doubtless to big consumers like China and India. (more…)

December 16, 2012

Plan for more dams generates dismay in Sarawak

Siva Sithraputhran

The wave of dam-building in Sarawak has created ripples of fear among environmentalists and groups representing indigenous tribes.

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…)

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…)

December 11, 2012

Hydro Tasmania pullout: SEB contradicts Taib’s statement

Joseph Tawie

According to Sarawak PKR, Taib Mahmud had indicated during the State Legislative Assembly sitting that Hydro Tasmania was “signed on for the long haul”.

Sarawak Energy Berhad’s (SEB) recent assertion that Hydro Tasmania’s phased withdrawal from Sarawak’s dam project was “pre-planned” contradicts Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s exasperated outburst during the last State Legislative Assembly sitting.

According to Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian, Taib’s “unscripted comment” at the sitting indicated that Hydro Tasmania had been contracted for the long haul and not as suggested by SEB. (more…)

December 9, 2012

SEB: Hydro Tasmania’s exit was pre-planned

FMT Staff

Taib Mahmud-linked Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) claims Hydro Tasmania was “frustrated” with the factual inaccuracies flogged by its critics.

A bristling Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) claims that Hydro Tasmania was not “pulling out of Sarawak” and that their exit was “planned from the beginning”.

“This phased reduction has been planned from the beginning. It has not been influenced in any way by the regrettable misinformation campaign by foreign detractors,” SEB said alluding to a national level campaign launched in Australia two weeks ago to compel Australian government-owned Hydro Tasmania to withdraw its participation in the controversial development of dams in Sarawak. (more…)

December 5, 2012

Pulling Out! – Hydro Tasmania Is To QUIT Sarawak

Sarawak Report

Capitulation – Roy Adair, Hydro Tasmania CEO confirmed the company’s “diminishing role” in Sarawak on Monday

Sarawak Report has learnt that campaigners can claim victory after statements yesterday by Hydro Tasmania boss, Roy Adair, pledging that the company is withdrawing from its guiding role over Taib’s mega-dam projects.

Adair, who had till recently enthused over Hydro Tasmania’s partnership with Sarawak Energy’s programme of up to 50 dams to power Taib’s ambitious ‘industrialisation’ project (SCORE), made clear there will be no more staff from the company involved in the project beyond the end of 2013. (more…)

November 29, 2012

Sarawak gov’t, developers urged to learn Penan ways

Dukau Papau

 Sarawak Land Development Minister James Masing has warned his colleagues in the government and large-scale developers they need a “human touch approach” in dealing with the Penan community as the eyes of the world are watching the government’s moves.

“If we approach big development projects affecting our people in the future in this manner, I am confident that we will be successful and (will be left) with less problems.

“That kind of development approach, with human touch, is the way forward for Sarawak,” Masing (left) said in his winding-up speech on his ministry. (more…)

November 24, 2012

No safe water, food for displaced Bakun natives

Joseph Tawie

For the displaced natives in Bakun, Sarawak, its a case of ‘water, water everywhere, nary a drop to drink’.

All sorts of woes are bedevilling the people living on their “jelatong” houses which are floating on the Bakun dam lake. Their woes range from a foul smell emanating from rotting organic matter submerged at the bottom of the dam to the river’s declining biodiversity and lack of safe drinking water.

The foul rotten egg-like smell is indicative of the presence of hydrogen sulfide and reports of high turbidity and low pH levels are killing off fish life in the dam and tributaries. (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…)

November 13, 2012

‘Penans asked for clinics, they got dams’

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Joseph Tawie

The Sarawak government took away their forest and land to build dams but left the community in Sungai Asap with ‘chicken feeds and crumbs’, claims an assemblyman.

KUCHING: The government has failed to look after the needs of more than 10,000 people who were resettled in Sungai Asap as a result of being displaced by the Bakun Dam.

Said Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian: “It’s shocking… there is no public toilet in Sungai Asap despite the fact that there are markets and shops. I was shocked when told about this.

“I asked an elderly woman who was selling vegetables where I could pee. She told me that since there is no public toilet, I could pee in the bush. (more…)

November 9, 2012

Penans want Suhakam to help in compensation talks

Lu Wei Hoong

The Penans displaced by the Murum dam project are seeking the help of the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) to press home their demand for at least half a million ringgit in compensation to each family from the state government.

The demand was made in a memorandum dated Sept 25 signed by Jawatankuasa Hal Ehwal Penan Peleiran-Murum (Pemupa) secretary Suie Bunyau.

“(We demand) at least RM500,000 compensation per household due to the submerging of our ritual land including agricultural land, temuda land, orchard and ‘pulau hutan’ (forest island by the dam),” read their 10-point open memorandum. (more…)

November 1, 2012

Murum Dam: Listen to the Penans

Kua Kia Soong

The Penans have been blockading against the construction of the 944MW Murum Dam since Sept 26, 2012. More than 1,600 Penans from eight Penan villages (including one Kenyah Badeng longhouse) are affected by the construction of the dam which is now about 70% completed.

Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB), contractors and private companies involved in the project have been forced to use ferryboats or tugboats through the Bakun Dam reservoir to transport goods, machines, building materials etc. to the Murum Dam site. (more…)

October 30, 2012

Murum protest: NGO accuses minister of lying

Joseph Tawie

The international community is closely monitoring developments involving the Murum Dam project and the displaced Penan community.

A local NGO has slammed Assistant Minister of Culture and Heritage Liwan Lagang for lying to Senior Minister-cum-Land Development Minister James Masing on the situation with the Penans who were protesting the Murum Dam construction.

Liwan had apparently told Masing that the protesting Penans have agreed to dismantle the blockades mounted since last month on the access road into the dam’s construction site. (more…)

October 25, 2012

The gov’t has rejected us, say Murum natives

Ahmad Fadli KC

It is a four-hour journey by 4WD from Sarawak’s gas and timber capital of Bintulu if one wants to head for the tropical rainforest of Murum in the interior of the Kapit division.

To spur development in Murum, the Sarawak government has approved logging licences, permitted palm oil plantations and is also building the Murum hydroelectric dam at a cost of RM3 billion.

The locality holds eight longhouse communities, accommodating some 1,400 Penan natives. (more…)

October 24, 2012

Life’s a chicken coop for Penan with kids in school

Ahmad Fadli KC

For the sake of their children’s education, a group of Penan parents have decided to hang up their hunting tools and set up home in an abandoned chicken coop.

These Penan parents made their heart-wrenching decision to move away from their longhouse in the interior of Murum in the Belaga district of Sarawak’s Kapit division, because there is no primary or secondary school there.

Labang Paneh, 35, said he initially made the daily two-and-a-half hour journey with his children to the school in Kapit dvision’s sub-district of Sungai Asap, but the travel proved to be too much. (more…)

Police Claim Humanitarian Aid For Murum Is “Incitement” As Fears Grow Of Crackdown

Sarawak Report

The Penan are holding out on their blockade into its 4th week. They need food.

Police numbers are being increased around the Penan blockade at the Murum Dam. Yesterday, they announced that they had detained an NGO sympathiser, who was bringing food and declared that this humanitarian act was ‘incitement’.

“It is not wrong if he had sent the items to the Penans at their longhouse”, stated the local police commander.  This was possibly in recognition that the Penan have received no government support since their hunting grounds were logged in preparation for the dam and that half of their children are officiallymalnourished. (more…)

BMF wants Norway to probe SEB chief Sjotveit

FMT Staff

Will the Norwegian authorities investigate its citizen Torstein Sjotveit, the CEO of Sarawak Energy Berhad, for corruption in Sarawak?

An international NGO has brought controversy-ridden Sarawak Energy Berhad chief executive officer Torstein Dale Sjotveit to the attention of the Norway government.

Swiss-based Bruno Manser Fund has asked Norway’s National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime (ØKOKRIM), if it can investigate Norwegian Sjotveit following a corruption complaint lodged against him by the Penans in Sarawak. (more…)

October 23, 2012

Battle of airwaves in Sarawak


Radio Free Sarawak is taking on BN’s massive artilleries of RTM, TV3 and Astro NJOY in the fight for the hearts and minds of the rural people.

Most evening before 6pm housewife Indai Limau makes sure that dinner is cooked and laid on the table for her husband and their two children. The less urgent chores will have to wait.

Precisely at 6pm and after her bath, she retires to her favourite settee in the family living room, reaches out for her China-made transistor radio and tunes in to 15420 KHz channel on the short wave band. (more…)

NGO: Help us stop mega dams in Sarawak

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Joseph Tawie

It’s time Peninsular Malaysians know what’s happening in their backyard, says Sarawak NGO Save Rivers.

A coalition of NGOs in Sarawak is seeking to reach out to fellow Malaysians in the peninsular to support a campaign against the injustices being meted out to the native communities affected by the construction of mega dams in Sarawak, and the ensuing destruction of the rainforest.

Save Rivers Network (Save Rivers) which kicked off its roadshow in Kuala Lumpur today is urging Peninsular Malaysians to rise and say ‘NO’ to mega dams and polluting industries in Sarawak. (more…)

October 20, 2012

International Solidarity Builds Behind The Murum Penan

Sarawak Report

No engagement, just one demand that Hydro-Tasmania pull out of Sarawak!

As the Penan people of Murum enter the fourth week of their blockade against the Murum Dam, local and international NGOs have rallied to their support.

On Friday protestors, surrounded by news reporters, gathered outside Hydro-Tasmania’s impressive tower block headquarters in Hobart to demand that the company cease its lucrative partnership programme with Sarawak Energy.[click for video] (more…)

October 19, 2012

‘Penans protesting against dam since 2009′

Joseph Tawie

Senior Minister Awang Tengah Ali Hassan’s claim that NGOs with ‘ulterior motives’ are misleading the Penan community has showed up his ignorance, says SAVE Rivers Network.

SAVE Rivers Network (SAVE Rivers) a coalition of a number of non-governmental organisations, has slammed the Second Resource Management and Environment Awang Tengah Ali Hassan who claimed that the Penans in Murum have been led astray by certain quarters with ulterior motives.

“It is utterly false to say that the Penans are being made use of by NGOs,” said Peter Kallang, chairperson of SAVE Rivers, adding that it showed up his ignorance. (more…)

October 16, 2012

Sarawak roads way behind schedule

Syed Jaymal Zahiid

The AG’s report states the weaknesses included bad construction and safety.

The road construction projects in Sarawak do not meet deadlines and are wanting in safety standards.

The Auditor-General’s report states the construction and upgrading of rural road projects were approved during the Ninth Malaysia Plan.

And from 2010 the projects were continued under the National Key Result Area (NKRA) to speed up the construction of more rural roads. (more…)

October 15, 2012

Penan resettlement sites: ‘Why notify only now’?

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Joseph Tawie

A ‘first’ notification on resettlement sites issued by the state government to Penans affected by the Murum dam which is 75% complete has raised more questions.

Save Rivers Network (SAVE Rivers) has ridiculed the first notification of the Social and Environmental Impact Assessment (SEIA) Report for the proposed resettlement sites and service centre for the Penans affected by the Murum dam project.

The notification was released on Oct 11 by the State Planning Unit (SPU) and involved the Metalun and Tegulang Resettlement sites as well as the Murum service centre. (more…)

October 14, 2012

Murum resettlement land ‘taken’ by plantations

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Whistle-blower website Sarawak Report has claimed that the two areas earmarked for the resettlement of 1,417 natives affected by the Murum hydroelectric dam project had been taken over by palm oil plantations.

“Maps already show that the poor quality lands that have been chosen for the two so-called resettlement zones of Tengulan and Metalun have already been taken over by oil palm plantations,” it said, based on map comparison of the resettlement area published in the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) for the Murum dam project.

According to Sarawak Report, the RAP also revealed that contrary to proper procedures, the Social Impact Assessment (SIA) had only been conducted after the Murum dam project commenced. (more…)

October 13, 2012

TAIB SHOCKER! Leaked plans to resettle Penan surface as blockade continues 12 October 2012

Survival International

The Penan's blockade of the Murum dam road began on 26th September.

The Penan’s blockade of the Murum dam road began on 26th September.

Leaked plans to resettle Malaysia’s Penan have surfaced, as the tribe continues to hold atwo-week blockade on the road leading to the controversial Murum dam.

Anger is growing within the tribe, which says it has been ‘manipulated’ and ‘cheated’ by the Sarawak government as it makes way for the dam.

The Murum Penan say they have been kept in ‘complete darkness’ about the resettlement plans, despite the dam’s construction starting four years ago, and only months remain until their ancestral lands will be entirely flooded. (more…)

October 12, 2012

Feedback on plight of Penans affected by Murum dam sought

Sulok Tawie

Liwan says the two sites were identified by the Penans themselves

The Sarawak State Planning Unit (SPU) is calling on the public and interested parties to submit written comments and suggestions on the Social and Environmental Impact Assessment (SEIA) Report on the proposed Metalun Resettlement and Tegulang Resettlement sites for the Penans affected by the Murum dam.

SPU is also asking for comments and suggestions on the Murum Service Centre.

The construction of the RM3 billion dam, about 75km upstream from the RM7.5 blllion Bakun dam, has attracted much international attention, especially from non-governmental organisations, as it will displace about 1,500 Penans from eight villages and Kenyahs from another village, in Belaga district. (more…)

Plight of Penans is our shame

Himanshu Bhatt

WHILE most Malaysians, particularly those in the peninsula, have been going on with their daily routines over the last few weeks, few may be aware or have taken any real bother for a human tragedy that is taking place in a deep remote forest of Sarawak.

Those of us who have been keeping up with news reports by theSun’s assiduous Sarawak correspondent, Sulok Tawie, may have taken note of the immensely grave situation in the Belaga district, where the Murum dam is being built. The artificial reservoir is expected to swamp an equatorial rainforest about the size of Penang island.

Even as you read this, hundreds of men, women and children from the Penan tribe are fearlessly continuing their blockades of access roads to the project area, to prevent construction vehicles and crews from further clearing the vast forest. (more…)

October 10, 2012

Sarawak PKR: Unfriendly policies don’t help Murum Penan

Dukau Papau

The problems of Penans affected by construction of the Murum dam will not be resolved as long as state government policies remain unfriendly to them, said Sarawak PKR head Baru Bain.

He said that creating a special ministry to look into the Penans’ problems and demands is of secondary importance.

“You can have a few ministers to look after their problems. But if the ministers are ineffective, there would be no point,” he said.

Bian, a lawyer and the Ba’Kelalan assemblyperson, was commenting on the failure of negotiations between Penan representatives and the state government on pre-conditions for construction of the dam. (more…)

Stop Lying – We Are Still Here!

Sarawak Report

We are still here – the Penan are demanding a proper settlement with signatures.

Penan blockaders, who have brought construction on the Murum Dam to a standstill over the past ten days, have reacted with outrage at the news that their assemblyman, BN’s Liwan Lagang, has been telling the media that a settlement has been reached.

In response they have instead tightened and extended the blockade to another approach road to the dam.

Our reporter in the area has informed us that the blockade is now manned by all the Penan Chiefs from the nine villages due to be affected by the flooding from the dam and they have refuted Lagang’s report of a settlement as a total falsehood: (more…)

Deadlock over state-Penan negotiations

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FMT Staff

The Penans affected by the Murum Dam project claim that the government had four years ago agreed to a compensation package which they want honoured.

Negotiations between the Sarawak government and the Penan community ended in a deadlock after the latter refused to accept any ‘compromise’ on the compensation package from the state.

Spokesman for the community Isah Abang said the government must keep to its promises especially on the cash compensation. (more…)

October 7, 2012

Penans tighten Murum dam blockade noose

Dukau Papau

The Penans tightened their blockade of the Murum dam construction by cutting off another linkage road to the dam site starting on Thursday, thus paralysing the transportation of building materials worth hundreds of thousands of ringgit.

The new blockade was set up on an old narrow logging road through an oil palm plantation, passable only for four-wheel drive vehicles.

“Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) had been using the road as an alternative route to the dam site for the past three days,” said Raymond Abin (left), National Coordinator of Sarawak Conservation Alliance for Natural Environment (SCANE). (more…)

October 4, 2012

NGO offers to tutor Sarawak leaders on laws

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FMT Staff

Many high-level government leaders ignorant of the UN declaration on indigenous rights which Malaysia has signed, says Save Rivers Network.

Frustrated at the state government’s disregard for international standards and laws in relation to the Murum Dam project, a network of local NGOs has offered to tutor high level government leaders on indigenous rights.

Save Rivers Network, which is spearheading the struggle against state’s plans to build 12 dams in Sarawak’s interior, has offered to teach government officials about indigenous rights as guaranteed in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. (more…)

Masing’s statement insulting to Penans, say groups

Dukau Papau

Orang Ulu leaders and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are reacting strongly to the statement made by Land Development Minister James Masing alleging that the Penans are ignorant of the benefits of the Murum dam, resulting in them being unhappy.

Masing had said that there was a need for better communication between the implementers of the project and the people at the grassroots.

“I have made a recommendation to the steering committee to include Culture and Heritage Assistant Minister Liwan Lagang to be part of the team which oversees the implementation of the project. (more…)

May 20, 2012

What Is Damn Well Going On?! – Australian Greens Query Hydro-Tasmania’s Sarawak Projects

Sarawak Report

Hydro-Tasmania seem to have taken over as the leading experts backing Taib’s dam programme

The Green Party in Australia is demanding explanations from Hydro-Tasmania about what exactly its subsidiary Entura is up to in Sarawak?

Investigations by Sarawak Report have revealed that Entura, which acts as a consultancy arm of the publicly owned company, has become deeply involved in a whole range of projects linked to Taib’s plan to flood Sarawak with 12 new dams over the coming years. (more…)

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