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Cartoon on Murum Dam issue by Zunar

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Video showing peaceful protest against Sarawak dams outside Parliament

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‘We did not instigate Penans’

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Penans staged blockades on their own will, and reports of Sarawak Energy contractors burning their old longhouses came directly from the victims, claims SAVE Rivers Network.
Winston Way | September 26, 2013

KUCHING: A Sarawak-based NGO which has been accused of instigating Penans to stage blockades against the Murum HEP has hit back at the Sarawak Energy Board (SEB).

SAVE Rivers Network chairman Peter Kallang said: “It’s a lie. SEB is trying to paint the picture that we (the NGOs) are trying to instigate the people there.

“In fact, we were never even there.”
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Sarawak DAP MPs had a press Conference on Murum Dam issue on Thursday 26 September 2013

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Kuala Lumpur Protest in solidarity with the Murum folks

We in the SAVE Rivers Network are in full support of this initiative on 26th September 2013, taken by our friends from Peninsular Malaysia which is in solidarity with the people of Murum.

On behalf of those who are dissatisfied with the treatment given to them by Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) and Sarawak’s State government, a group of Murum folks comprising of Penans and Kenyah are protesting on the access road to the Murum dam. Their demand has so far not been met by SEB and the government. Although a majority of villagers have not been displaced, Sarawak Energy Berhad have started impounding the dam starting on Saturday 21st September 2013.

We demand that where negations are required, the affected communities must be given the freedom to appoint their own spokesmen including any professional support.

We urge that Sarawak Energy Berhad and the Sarawak State government to respect all aspect of human rights including the United Nation Declaration on the rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDR…

It’s all lies, says Sarawak Energy blaming NGOs and outsiders for tarnishing reputatio

BY DESMOND DAVIDSON
SEPTEMBER 25, 2013

Sarawak Energy Bhd (SEB), the state power company that has come under fire from foreign and domestic non-governmental organisations over its hydroelectric dam projects, has denied various claims made by NGOs over its Murum hydroelectric dam in Belaga in recent days.

Calling such claims as “lies” and an attempt to create panic among the people affected by the project, SEB said it is the work of certain NGOs and outsiders to smear the image of the company, the state of Sarawak and to sabotage the concerted efforts that went into bringing development to the people.
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Indigenous Penan continue protesting as Murum dam begins to fill

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By John Ahni Schertow • Sep 24, 2013

A large group of Penan Peoples have reinstated a blockadeagainst the controversial Murum dam in the Malaysian state of Sarawak.

The blockade originally began in September 2012, when the Penan and Kenyah heard that they would be forced off their lands without fair compensation to make way for the dam’s reservoir.
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‘Sarawak Energy workers committed arson’

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SAVE Rivers Network chairman claims workers from state electricity board burnt down a village and sunk boats of the villagers.Winston Way | September 24, 2013


KUCHING: An NGO leader today claimed workers from the Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) committed arson on a Penan village in Belaga while several boats belonging to the natives were sunk, prior to the unexpected impoundment of the Murum Dam.

SAVE Rivers Network chairman Peter Kallang made this allegation through his latest Facebook post yesterday.

“Latest from Murum. Long Watt Penan village burnt down. Arson suspected workers from Sarawak Energy Bhd. Boats belonging to the Penans were also sunk (sic). This followed the unannounced impoundment of the dam,” posted Peter on his Facebook page.

The suspected arson was front-paged in local dailies today. The reports said the longhouse at the former Long Wat settlement, about four hours from the Murum Dam site, was allegedly set on fire by unknown persons over the weekend.

The assumed arson was …

Penan longhouse in Murum burnt down, arson suspected

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by Joanna Yap, reporters@theborneopost.com. Posted on September 24, 2013, Tuesday

KUCHING: The longhouse at the former Long Wat settlement, about 4 hours from the Murum HEP dam site, was reportedly set on fire by persons unknown over the weekend.

The suspected act of arson was discovered by villagers who had returned to the settlement to collect their belongings and livestock to take with them to their new homes at Tegulang, according to Sarawak Conservation Alliance of Natural Environment (SCANE) chairman Raymond Abin who received the news from the villagers yesterday afternoon.
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URGENT: Humanitarian crisis in Sarawak as dam empoundment destroys Penan villages - Long Watt burned down in suspected arson

24 September 2013 at 09:57

Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear friends,

We have just received the sad news from Sarawak, Malaysia, that the state's electricity monopolist, Sarawak Energy, has started the impoundment of the 944 MW Murum dam in Sarawak without prior notice given to the six Penan villages of Long Wat, Long Luar, Long Tangau, Long Menapa, Long Singu and Long Malim. According to community sources contacted by Sarawak's SAVE Rivers network, the outlet river diversion tunnel has been closed on Saturdaynight. More than 100 Penan are currently protesting at the dam site.

We have also been informed that the Penan village of Long Watt has burnt down in a case of suspected arson by Sarawak Energy workers. The communities are also reporting the loss of a number of boats due to the flooding of the dam impoundment. An estimated 1500 Penan and 80 Kenyah natives will lose their homes due to the Murum dam impoundment which will flood 24'500 hectares of their lands and forests.

The Brun…

Orang Ulu Symposium a farce says SAVE Rivers

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23 September 2013 at 22:52

MIRI – The recently concluded Orang Cultural Symposium held in Miri Civic Centre from the 20th to 21st September 2013 has been declared as a farce by Save Sarawak Rivers Network (SAVE Rivers) since the symposium does not reflect the participation of the whole Orang Ulu community in Sarawak and those invited were selected members of the Orang Ulu community who are known to be staunch supporters of the government. The symposium for the different ethnic groups in Sarawak is organized every four years as a forum to discuss matters relating to the each group. Resolutions from these forums are normally presented to the Chief Minister of Sarawak after it is discussed at a state level symposium which is normally held in Kuching.

Forty representatives from Baram comprising of headmen and villagers from the Kayan, Kenyah and Penan communities in a community meeting held in Miri on the 21st September criticized the symposium for not being sensitive to their objection to…

+++ BREAKING NEWS +++ Sarawak Energy nominated as worst company of the year

23 September 2013 at 16:56

The Bruno Manser Fund is nominating Malaysian dam developer, Sarawak Energy, for the “Public Eye” negative award. The award will “honour” the most shameful company of the year during the upcoming 2014 World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos.

(DAVOS, SWITZERLAND / KUCHING, MALAYSIA) Every year, the most despicable corporation is selected during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. In January 2014, Malaysian power supplier and dam developer, Sarawak Energy, will be among the contenders for the “Public Eye” negative award. The nomination of Sarawak Energy by the Swiss NGO Bruno Manser Fund has been officially accepted by the hosts of the award.

At the "Public Eye", companies with a track record of human rights violations, environmental destruction, exploitation of their workers or involvement in corruption have to face the critical eye of the international public. The two worst companies of the year are elected by an independent jury and a public…

Area to be flooded by Murum Dam - Bruno Manser Foundation map

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Jangan tertipu dengan laporan Borneo Post hari ini, Penan belum terima wang RM2 juta menurut Taib. Gambar ini berbicara.

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Group wants impoundment delayed

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Murum HEP dam flooding begins

by Peter Sibon reporters@theborneopost.com. Posted on September 23, 2013, Monday

KUCHING: The impoundment of the Murum Hydro Electric Power (HEP) Dam began when the outlet river diversion tunnel was closed at 8.25pm on Saturday.

Confirming the start of the impoundment of the dam a source from Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) said the whole process would take about a year for the water to reach enough capacity for the HEP dam to produce power.

The RM4 billion Murum HEP is the third dam built in the state after the ones at Batang Ai and Bakun.
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Mega dams to go ahead

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BY STEPHEN THEN
STEPHENTHEN@THESTAR.COM.MY

MIRI: The cost of constructing new hydroelectric dams in Sarawak is going to shoot sky-high but the state will go ahead with these mega projects, said Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.

A hydro dam that cost RM4bil to construct today would soon require at least RM10bil to build, he said yesterday.
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'Bad foreign press won't deter Sarawak HEP projects'

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Bernama
1:58PM Sep 22, 2013
The Sarawak government’s initiative to develop the hydroelectric power (HEP) dams in Murum, Baram and Baleh as part of the state’s industrialisation programme will continue to get bad publicity in foreign media, said Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud.
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Indigenous Penan Again Blockade Murum River Dam

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KUCHING, Sarawak, Malaysia, September 19, 2013 (ENS) – The Penan indigenous people affected by the Murum dam in the Malaysian state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo have renewed their blockade of the dam site.

They say are protesting because the state government has failed to fulfill their demands for fair compensation, enough land for farming and a share in the profits flowing from the dam.

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Indigenous folk to be displaced by dams, UN told

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3:54PM Sep 20, 2013

Suaram has notified the United Nations that the indigenous people of Malaysia “are facing displacement and loss of livelihood” as a result of states constructing hydroelectric dams.
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Why Penans putting up blockade against Murum Dam?

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Published on Sep 9, 2013
The Western Penans at Murum area, Sarawak are putting up blockades against the Murum Dam for the 2nd time in Sept 2013 after their 1st attempt in Sept last year. This Penan youth refute allegation by SEB that they has been instigated by some NGO to set up blockades.

Penans move to new homes

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11 September 2013
Native communities affected by the Murum hydroelectric project have begun the shift to their new homes in the resettlement scheme in Tegulang, upstream Bakun
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Indigenous Rights Controversies Around Belo Monte Consume Brazilian Judicial System

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                             September 11, 2013
Contact:
Maira Irigaray Castro, Amazon Watch, +1 415 622 8606, maira@amazonwatch.org
Brent Millikan, International Rivers, +55 61 8153 7009, brent@internationalrivers.org
María José Veramendi, AIDA, +51 95 411 4393, mveramendi@aida-americas.org

Dam license could be suspended due to violations of social & environmental conditions

Altamira, Brazil—Recent lawsuits by Brazil’s Federal Public Prosecutors (MPF) concerning the Belo Monte dam are demanding accountability from the dam-building Norte Energia consortium, Brazil’s National Development Bank (BNDES), and the state environmental agency IBAMA for noncompliance with mandated mitigation measures concerning the Juruna and Xikrin Kayapó, two indigenous groups affected by the mega-project. The lawsuits demonstrate that conditions placed upon the dam’s environmental licensing have not been met and call for compensation for soc…

ADB to Fund Sarawak-West Kalimantan Hydroelectric Power Project

By Jakarta Globe on 6:20 pm August 28, 2013.
Category Business, Featured, News
Tags: Asian Development Bank ADB, hydropower plantPerusahaan Listrik Negara PLN, Sarawak, West Kalimantan

Indonesia’s state-owned power company will build a 145-kilometer-long electric line linking customers in West Kalimantan with hydroelectric plants in neighboring Sarawak, Malaysia, under a plan that has been heralded as a commitment to green energy in Indonesia but is rife with environmental concerns in Malaysia.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded project is expected to provide 8,000 homes in West Kalimantan with cheaper electricity and cut carbon emissions by 400,000 tons a year by 2020. The state-run Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) currently uses oil to provide power to the province.
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31 August 2013

SAVE Rivers is one of the recipients of The Nut Graph's 2013 Merdeka Awards:
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Videos allege hazard from aluminium plants

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YouTube clips show people complaining of illnesses attributed to the presence of a Press Metal Sarawak factory.
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