Eight villages from the Baram district have protested against the proposal to build mega dams in the district, reports Mark Bujang.
In written and signed statement by the villagers, they want the dam project to be cancelled immediately. The letters were submitted to the Save Sarawak’s Rivers Network (SAVE Rivers) here in Miri, and SAVE Rivers has forwarded the letters to Thorstein Dale Sjotveit, CEO of Sarawak Energy Berhad, the owner of the proposed Baram Dam.
Copies of the letters were also sent to Prime Minister Najib Razak, Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud, the Suhakam chairman, Baram MP Jacob Dungau Sagan, and Telang Usan State Assembly member Dennis Ngau. Copies of the letters and the signatures were also sent to consultants carrying studies for the dam construction i.e. MWH Global Headquarters in the United States and Entura Australia.
The protest letters were received from Long Lutin, Ba’ Pakan, Ba’ Abang, Long Kawi, Long Item, Long Lilim, Long Liam and Long Selawan.
There were more than 650 signatories for the eight letters from the eight long-houses. In the letters the villagers said that they do not want the dams to be built. They requested that the government find an alternative approach for development which will not deprive the people of their existing land and properties including their village houses, orchards, gardens, cash crops and land. Continue reading