SAVE Rivers, is a group of concerned citizens is building a broad-based support to mobilise the public at large to speak-up against the plans of the Sarawak State Government to build more new dams that are destructive to the people and ecosystems. SAVE Rivers is partnering with NGOs, CBOs, Indigenous Peoples and local communities in the dam affected areas.
Published: Sunday October 6, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM Updated: Sunday October 6, 2013 MYT 2:34:40 PMBY STEPHEN THEN MIRI: It is a race against time to rescue dozens of endangered animals in the Murum Valley threatened by rising waters from the impoundment of the Murum hydroelectric dam that began about two weeks ago.
The water behind the main dam wall is rising fast. Trees and bushes that sheltered these endangered animals are fast being submerged.
The Star yesterday received a call from an environmental activist who claimed that people were seen trying to capture these rare animals using traps.
Calls to the Wildlife Department went unanswered, probably because it was a weekend.
The Star also called up Penghulu Saging Bit, a local chieftain in Belaga, to find out what was actually happening.
Saging explained that the people who were trying to trap and capture the animals were wildlife rangers from Sarawak Forestry and locals hired to help them in the task.