Penans want to present open memorandum on Murum HEP
MIRI: The Penans of Pelieran-Danum, Murum, Belaga District, Kapit division want to present an open memorandum to top government leaders on the Murum hydroelectric power (HEP) dam project.
A blockade was organised at the Murum HEP dam site last Wednesday to press for their rights.
The seven-page memorandum was prepared with the help of the Peleiran-Murum Penan Affairs Committee (Pemupa) chaired by Surang Alung.
Among others, it presented a list of Penan demands for compensation after a meeting of more than 300 villagers from Long Wat, Long Luar, Long Tangau, Long Menapa, Long Singu, Long Malim, and Long Jaik in Long Jai, Murum on Sept 25.
They hoped to present the memorandum to the prime minister and chief minister to act on problems that cropped up after the project started in 2008.
Murum HEP involves the construction of a RM3 billion 944-MW hydroelectric dam and is the first of 12 mega dams to be built on the Murum River, a tributary of the Balui River about 60km upstream of the Bakun HEP dam in Belaga District, Kapit, which is scheduled for completion next year.