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A dramatic pose by an indigenous Penan protecting water resource. (Photo: Bruno Manser Fonds)

Malaysian envoys worldwide sought to stop Murum dam

By Fri, Nov 22, 2013 2:28PM UTC Comments Off A dramatic pose by an indigenous Penan protecting water resource. (Photo: Bruno Manser Fonds)

Malaysian diplomats stationed worldwide are now sought to intervene in the controversial Murum Hydroelectric Project, one of the 12 mega-dams undertaken by the Sawawak Energy Berhad. Indigenous people around the said river are getting desperate day by day to save their land and property, but there seems to be no aid in sight to ease their suffering. They...

Malaysia: Petitions to stop Sarawak mega-dams fall on deaf ears

By Fri, Oct 25, 2013 2:54PM UTC Comments Off Anti-dam protestors at IHA 2013 Congress held earlier this year. (Photo: Supplied)

The construction of 12 multi-billion dollar dams in Sarawak looks to be going ahead despite petitions lodged by indigenous people to the Malaysian government. Now the case is calling the attention of the United Nations to look into violations of indigenous people’s rights. Two road blockades have been erected in a desperate effort to stop trucks and machineries that are...

Malaysian PM urged to intervene amid Sarawak dam tensions

By Fri, Oct 04, 2013 11:56AM UTC 1 Comment Malaysian PM urged to intervene amid Sarawak dam tensions

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has been asked to intervene in the escalating tension surrounding the Murum dam project in Sarawak. A police squad was dispatched to the dam site to confront the barricade opposing Sarawak Energy Berhad’s (SEB) hydro energy project. About 30 police officers reportedly bullied 300 protestors on Thursday. Ngang Buling, chairman of the Peleiran Murum Penan Affairs...

Anti-Sarawak dam rallies held in Australia, Malaysia

By Fri, Sep 27, 2013 10:32AM UTC 1 Comment Anti-Sarawak dam rallies held in Australia, Malaysia

Separate rallies are taking place in Australia and Malaysia in a collective effort to pressure the Malaysian government to stop the construction of 12 mega-dams that are underway in Sarawak. In Malaysia, anti-dam protesters demonstrated outside Kuala Lumpur Parliament building on Thursday. They held signs against the Murum Dam and Baram Dam and called on the Malaysian government to respect indigenous...

Australian Greens join protests against dams in Sarawak

By Thu, May 23, 2013 9:20PM UTC Comments Off Indigenous and local communities arrive and flash banners at the IHA Congress in Kutching.

Former Australian Greens Senator Bob Brown flew to Kuching, the capital of the Malaysian state of Sarawak, this week to give his backing to a large group of local communities opposing the controversial mega dam projects in the region. More than 300 local indigenous people held a rally in Kuching amid the International Hydropower Association’s (IHA) biannual conference – the IHA World...

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