Archive for August, 2011

In the context of building mega dams in Sarawak-which is loosely termed as `development’ in the media and by the politicians does it mean that any objection to the way these developments are carried out eg where it deny the ancestral lands of the natives, can be considered `blocking’ `rural development’? If that were the case there will be a load of `fighting’ expected as in many people’s mind what is `development’ for the ruling parties is destruction to the culture and environment of rural Sarawak! Most people can see that such s0-called `development’ is only serving to enrich the few top politicians and the developers linked to the top politicians. The affected people just have to step aside to make way for these top politcians to `bring development’ to the rural Sarawak area concerned. Such days where the people resigned to the rampaging of rural Sarawak-where so called `peace’ prevailed in Sarawak, may come to an end soon. Rural Sarawakians are no longer subservient to these robbers of the people’s wealth!

Rural devt will go on, says Jabu

by Geryl Ogilvy Ruekeith, reporters@theborneopost.com. Posted on August 31, 2011, Wednesday

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Baram Dam: Lying govt and big companies

Hornbill Unleashed @ 3:00 PM

A video link to Orang Ulu’s press conference on the Baram Dam is here.

Joseph Tawie

Local village headmen are being told that the government has shelved the construction of the Baram Dam.

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Prove of land grabs: lands outside the Bengoh dam project area also taken by the state government!

Semban village is clearly far away from the dam’s reservoir area-why evacuate them?
Semban (395m)is much higher than the dam (62m).

In the course of making the Bengoh film we found that there are gross irregularities in the land acquisition around the dam area. If the dam must be built the following irregularities are observed:
* Semban which is not near to the dam-it is miles away and hundreds of feet above the dam, is still required to be evacuated-why?

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The 13th General Elections are coming-just around the corner. Yet it is true that the Sarawakians are generally not ready for it-as there are still high unregistered citizens, eligible citizens not registered as voters and worse, the people not given education about what elections really stand for. Many voters ask for payment to cast their vote-something which will not happen if they are told in media that it is ILLEGAL! But the ruling politicians are practising different thing as what is required by their own laws. So the people/voters made the wrong conclusion and think that the money they squeeze from the politicians at elections is what little they are entitled to get from their elected representatives. It is a pity that they think so-but the elections results will be greatly distorted under such thinking encouraged by the BN. In last state elections the Tamin rep proudly proclaim he knew every candidate made payment to their voters! No one from the parties refuted what he claim!

Taib: State BN ready for election

Posted on August 31, 2011, Wednesday

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The long standing dispute over employment policy of the Sarawak state and federal government has come to the surface again: only a mere 2% of the federal civil service consist of Sarawakians, as revealed by a parliamentary reply to DAP. 2.5mil Sarawakians make up 9.8% of the Malaysian population standing at 28mil currently. Instead of addressing the issue the State Secretary prefer to totally misrepresent the situation by claiming that the state government’s employment policy is `balanced’. May be he can show some statistics to prove his claim if the ethnic balance of civil service in Sarawak-under his purview, reflect the ethnic balance in Sarawak itself? For teachers Penisular based teachers are paid up to RM1500.00 hardship allowance to retain their service in Sarawak’s interior-where there are readily available local teachers who can take up the jobs! Why?

State practises balanced employment — SS

by Geryl Ogilvy Ruekeith, reporters@theborneopost.com. Posted on August 31, 2011, Wednesday

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Election Commission No.2 is speaking more than the No.1 -it is an open secret! The No.1 is inexperienced-so the No.2 who has been speaking and serving in EC for years has been its de-facto spoke person. He has been writing his views on the only media which will consider him as neutral-the Utusan Melayu.  So he goes again protesting against criticisms that the EC has been bias. Is he campaigning for the no. 1 position? Watch out! Wan Ahmad is the man to watch-you read it first from this blog!

Wan Ahmad: ‘SPR tidak manipulasi pilihan raya, memihak BN’

August 30, 2011

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When `people’s representative’ speak like `Government’s representative’

The Bengoh dam project began discussion as early as 2003, actual construction started in 2008, and finish construction last year in 2010.Impoundment of the dam was scheduled for midlle of last year-but various reasons eg the state elections, caused it to be delayed till now. In the process there had been numerous occasions where the proponent tried to justify it to the 1000 over affected residents through a number of forums and discussions. From our research on the dam’s construction we found that the `elected representatives’ almost always speak for the government as the proponent of the dam project. Then who will speak for the people?

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There are good points raised in the assessment by the foreign embassy-but what to do about it?

They said Sarawak’s Chief Minister Taib Mahmud ensured the construction contract was awarded to Cahaya Mata, a large holding company that is majority-owned by Taib’s family. Upon being awarded the construction contract for RM300 million, Cahaya Mata hired a subcontracting firm to complete the construction for RM220 million; Cahaya Mata (and the Taib family) pocketed the RM80 million ($22 million) difference. 


Raja Petra Kamarudin







E.O. 12958: DECL: 10/11/2016




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No to Baram dam!

PRESS STATEMENT (29 August 2011)


Besides the colossal environmental devastation and severe consequence on the ecosystem that the dreadful Baram Dam will bring, it will also rage a permanent degeneration of the ethnic identity and heritage of the populaces who live in the region. Based on the number of villagers, the most affected are the Kenyah followed by the Kayan and Penan population. These are also the same majority groups of people who are most affected by the Bakun Dam which was just commissioned. The same like it was done in Bakun, the decision in building the Baram Dam seems to be in total disregard for all those who area affected. It is built for the benefit of others rather than those who live in Baram and for the long term good of the Baram.


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Bengoh villagers filed claim of NCR land ownership on dam site! Watch a video here on the villagers’ action.

Back in 2009 the Bengoh villagers from Kampong Rejoi and Kampong Bojong filed a claim for NCR land ownership on the dam site with the help of land rights lawyer See Chee How under Baru Bian’s law firm. The case is still pending in court. The court action shows that the natives are not totally helpless if they unite to take action to protect their ancestral lands. The writ of claim by the Bidayuhs is as attached here.


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