Hornbill Unleashed

December 14, 2012

Plan to dam Sarawak frontier for energy generates dismay

Reuters

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…)

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