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.
Hinging construction of road to Ulu Baram with the mega dam is unjust
Miri – Saying that building access road to Ulu Baram must be subjected to building of Hydroelectric Dam sounds like blackmailing. Like any other citizen anywhere in any country, the people of Baram are entitled to infrastructure and all other amenities which the government of the day should provide.
If the statement made by Tan Sri Datu Amar Dr. James Masing as reported in the Borneo Post on the 30th June 2017, title, “Masing: No dam, no road” is the official stand of the state government, it is no doubt that this is an intimidation and a simplistic view. Blaming the people for opposing the dam is also a government’s admission for failing its democratic duty which is “the government of the people, for the people and by the people”.
The people of Baram have every right to reject the Baram dam and opt for any alternative development that they want. Furthermore, the former Chief Minister of Sarawak, the late Tan Sri Datuk Adenan Haj. Satem at a press conference on 3rd May 2016, as reported by Sujadi Siswo of Channel News Asia said, “ There is no need to have another big dam, we can have mini dams so on, but not a big dam especially when we don’t supply (power) to west Malaysia anymore.”
Based on the 2010 censors, Marudi District which is within Baram basin has a population of more than 90,000 people. Those who could be forcefully displaced by the Baram dam are 20,000 indigenous villagers from more than 36 villages. If the government is not able to resolve the problem faced by those more than 18,000 from existing dams how can they expect to satisfactorily resettle those from the proposed Baram dam? The people of Baram are very well aware of the sufferings experienced by those who have been forcefully displace by the existing mega dams in Sarawak and no one should blame them for rejecting the same doom.
Mr. William Lisu from Lg Palai, Baram
Commenting on Masing’s statement in Borneo Post, Mr. William Lisu from Long Palai in Baram said, “It is very simple: No Road – No Vote”. From Tanjung Tepalit Baram, Mr. Dominic Mathew Useh said, “What YB Masing says is not logical and we hope that the government will build the road and bring development to Baram.”
Mr. Dominic Mathew Useh from Tanung Tepalit, Baram
Even after intensive exploitation of timber until Baram is ripped almost completely bare of primary jungle, Baram is left as one of the most undeveloped areas in Malaysia. Elected representatives should always remember that their duty is to serve the electorates. Just being elected does not mean that they can do what they want without due consideration. To ignore taxpaying citizens of their rights is inhumane it could even be a crime.
DNC Press Release: WHY BLAME BARU BIAN ON PERIMETER SURVEY FUNDS? [8.11.2018] We note in jest the statement issued by a political secretary to the Chief Minister in accusing Baru Bian for not sourcing for funds to help in perimeter survey. We fully subscribe and support YB Baru Bian’s statement in saying that recognising NCR land is more important than surveying lands under section 6 for communal reserve. What this political secretary said is totally reek with arrogance and ignorance. It also lacks moral and legal basis. Land is a state matter under the State List of Schedule Nine of the Federal Constitution which makes it the legal and constitutional responsibility of the State Government to survey and issue titles to the Natives over their NCR lands. We would like to remind the State Government not to play too much politics with regards to the people’s welfare. If the State Government is fully committed to its autonomy pledge for Sarawak, this is the matter that it has to
Greetings! We are please to announce that our very first Youth Workshop will commence tomorrow. It will be a 3 day workshop to bring out awareness on Human Rights and to get our youth of tomorrow to be involved in campaigns for Rivers. To our participants, congratulations on being chosen to participate in this workshop!