26 April 2012
MIRI – SAVE Rivers Network condemns the adat ‘Mayau Dalleh’ or cleansing ritual that was conducted at the proposed Baram Dam site at Nahah Itun Uvek, just below the village of Long Na’ah last Saturday by the delegation of officials from the state government, Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) and a few community leaders headed by Senator Lihan Jok.
SAVE Rivers would like to state that the ritual was done for the wrong reasons. According to the adat Kayan-Kenyah, the ritual of ‘Mayau Dalleh’ is normally done to cleanse the land after a calamity or disaster has struck the community. However, no calamity or disaster has happened in Baram and by going ahead with the ritual it shows that the delegation does not respect of the customs and traditions of the Kayan-Kenyah community.
“How could Sarawak Energy and the government hold our traditional ‘Mayau Dalleh’ prayer ritual for blessing a dam which will destroy our Baram culture? This ceremony has tra…