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 (UNDRIP) and the Malaysian Constitution with respect to the indigenous peoples.

We demand that the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Sri Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak to intervene and stop the impoundment of Murum. Impound should start only after all the issues pertaining to human rights are resolved and the demand by the communities are satisfactorily addressed and agreed by all parties concerned.

Yours Faithfully,

Peter Kallang
Chairman SAVE Rivers


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