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December 10, 2013

See Chee How challenges State to global transparency

See Chee HowBorneo Post

PKR Sarawak vice chairman See Chee How yesterday called on the state government and Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) to discard the ‘kampung mentality’ if the state wants to pursue its objective of building 12 mega dams.

He said the state must assume a ‘superpower mindset’ by adopting and implementing international standards and principles in the projects undertaken by SEB.

“Datuk Torstein Dale Sjotveit (of SEB) can only live up to his billing as a top CEO and boast about leading SEB in a dramatic transformation to make Sarawak an energy powerhouse to propel greater investment and employment in the state, if he can convince the state government to do it (adopt and implement international standards and principles), (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.


November 15, 2013

Who To Believe? Torstein Sjotveit and SEB’s Propagada Or The Penan Pengulu?

Removed from his post - no wonder the Pengulu lost his job, yet in their media propaganda SEB still pretend he is their supporter!Sarawak Report

The quite shocking duplicity of Sarawak Energy (SEB)’s full-force propaganda drive has been exposed once again by a simple film.

In this latest documentary from Tegulang, the resettled Penan from Murum have been allowed to speak for themselves, instead of having SEB and Bernama speak for them to tame journalists.

And the very Penan leader, Pengulu Pao Tului, whom SEB portrayed for months as the man who willingly negotiated with them, has gone on camera to slam the way his community has been treated. (more…)

November 14, 2013

Misery in Murum

Alfian ZM Tahir

  • Displaced Penans say they are thirsty, hungry and have no protection from severe weather.

Three hundred Penan families displaced by the ongoing construction of Murum Dam are living in desperate circumstances as they battle for justice.

They have no access to clean water and decent food, and their tents, constructed from tree branches and tarpaulin, are ineffective against heavy rain. (more…)

Protesting Penans claim police were drunk

William Mangor

A Penan lawyer-cum-activist has called on the IGP and the federal government to intervene in the Murum issue.

MURUM: Penan protestors mounting blockades at the Murum Dam site here claimed policemen who intimidated and harassed them were drunk.

Penan activist cum lawyer Abun Sui Anyit said based on ground reports from the blockade site, the police officers stationed in the area were allegedly being provided alcohol by the dam’s main contractors Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB). (more…)

November 12, 2013

Penans vow to continue blockade until govt agrees to talks

Penan longhouse residents during an earlier protest against Murum dam last month.Chen Shaua Fui

  • Penan longhouse residents during an earlier protest against Murum dam last month.

The arrest of 10 Penans last week at the blockade site near Murum Dam has not deterred them from continuing their fight to stop the inundation of their land before compensation is paid.

They went back to the site upon their release on Sunday.

The state coordinator of Borneo Resources Institute (Brimas) Raymond Abin said that the Penan will continue to stay at the blockade site until the government promises to talk to them on the compensation. (more…)

November 9, 2013

Eight Penans arrested at new blockade site at Murum

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 4:08 AM
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Dukau Papau

Eight Penans including their leader Ngang Buling are now being detained at the Belaga Police station following their arrests yesterday afternoon at a new blockade site which they erected at the Murum dam access road near Sungai Majoh Kecil within the dam site.

They have moved to this new site since Tuesday from the previous one to ensure that no workers or officials from Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) enter the dam site unless their demands are met.

In arresting them, some 80 police personnel, including 40 members of the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) were involved in the operation against the Penan. (more…)

November 7, 2013

Murum Stand-Off Now “Critical”

Murum Stand-Off Now “Critical”

Sarawak Report

Sarawak Report has received news of a critical development in the Murum Dam blockade, which has now been maintained for several weeks by Penan tribespeople forced from their homes by rising waters

Around a hundred of the men, women and children have broken away from the original site, where they were being penned in by riot police, and have now moved to a new blockade site down on the main Murum highway. (more…)

November 5, 2013

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


  • 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 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…)

Taib-linked firm bags RM600mil Sarawak Energy job


As the Penan community continues its battle with state-owned company Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) over the Murum Dam, SEB has awarded two contracts worth more than RM600 million to a company linked to the son of Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud.

According to a Aug 29 filing with Bursa Malaysia, Sarawak Cable Bhd said its subsidiary Trenergy Infrastructure Sdn Bhd (Trenergy) won two contracts, worth RM352.8 million and RM265.8 million each.

The contracts are for a 500kV electricity transmission line from Mapai to Lachau and the 500kV Lachau-Tondong transmission line, which will be completed within 23 and 26 months respectively from Nov 15. (more…)

October 29, 2013

‘Baram Dam site now inaccessible’

Filed under: Dams,Human rights — Hornbill Unleashed @ 1:46 PM
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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

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…)

October 27, 2013

Sarawak Energy Boss Shuns NGO Dialogue In Geneva

Sarawak Report

  • Wright and the SEB team.  He was invited to engage with NGO dialogue at Geneva – an invitation that was spurned

Nick Wright, Sarawak Energy’s Australian Vice-President in charge of Resettlement, Corporate Social Responsibility and Community Consultation, made a surprise appearance in Geneva this week.

It turned out that his mission was to present a highly sanitised report to the United Nations, praising his company’s treatment of the natives affected by the state’s mega-dam plans.

The document summarised the resettlement arrangements, which Sarawak Energy (SEB) claim to have agreed with the Penan and Kenyah of Murum, with the following statement: (more…)

October 24, 2013

Resettlement Chaos – Outrage Grows Over Murum Natives

Sarawak Report

  • Welcoming site? – why the surprise impoundment of the dam before compensation was agreed or even these homes were built?

It has emerged that many of the families forced from their longhouses at Murum have found there is no replacement housing for them after all, in the half-built resettlement areas they have been bundled into by Sarawak Energy.

Visitors last week spoke to families in Tegulang, all of whom had been given supposed vouchers for a home in the new longhouses, but who found there was not enough room.

Such families are being forced to beg space off relatives, with as many as three families now crowding into the same pintu. (more…)

October 7, 2013

Police to arrest 40 more Penans

Dukau Papau

The government has dispatched more police personnel including 43 members of the Public Order Riot Unit (PORU) to the Murum dam site in Belaga in an effort to arrest 40 Penans said to be involved in putting up blockades to protect against the impoundment of the dam.

Last Wednesday, their leader Ngang Buling, was arrested and detained, but was released on Friday on police bail.

He is to be charged under Section 448 of the Penal Code for trespassing and is expected to appear in court on Nov 4, 2013. (more…)

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…)

September 26, 2013

‘Sarawak Energy workers committed arson’

Filed under: Human rights,Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 12:00 AM
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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…)

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…)

October 24, 2012

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…)

May 20, 2009

Green Technology and Energy Minister announces electricity for all Sarawakians

By Apang @ HUeditor

power transm01Peter Anak Chin, the Minister of Green Technology and Energy today announced that Sarawak’s energy need will increase some seven-folds from the current usage by 2020. The minister from Myri denied speculation that the increase is due to the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) and its master plan that includes selling energy to Sarawak’s neighbours.

“With Malaysia still on track to achieve Mahathir 2020, in which Sarawak will be the most developed state within the Federation of Malaysia, all longhouses and every remote settlements within Sarawak will be powered up by SCORE,” proudly announced the Minister as the reason for the seven-folds increase in electricity demand.

The minister admits that “For too long now, Sarawakians have been denied the very basic need of electricity and for too long, we have denied the rural people’s rights to basic service.” (more…)

April 23, 2009

Sarawak: My state, my government, my business

By Chee How

Cahya Mata secures RM232m jobs from SEB“, the Financial Daily wrote last Thursday.

The news that was missed by all local and national dailies revealed:
“Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd’s (CMS) unit CMS Land Sdn Bhd has secured RM232 million worth of construction contracts from Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB) to develop and construct the latter’s proposed headquarters building at Isthmus in Kuching, Sarawak.

CMS Land, in turn, awarded the contract to design, develop, construct, complete and transfer the proposed building to Putrajaya Perdana Bhd’s (PPB) wholly owned unit, Putra Perdana Construction Sdn Bhd, for RM221 million.

CMS is a major shareholder of PPB via its 100%-owned Concordance Holdings Sdn Bhd.

Concordance holds a 28.3% stake in UBG Bhd and an indirect 51% stake in PPES Works (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd, which in aggregate holds more than 15% of UBG.

UBG in turn has a 85.9% direct interest in PPB.”

“Another mega project in CMS’ bag?” My well-informed friend Wong said with much disgust in his tone, “How true what Aziz Hussain had said that it is easier if you have personal contact with the Chief Minister.” (more…)

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