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Archive for August 29th, 2011

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. 

THE CORRIDORS OF POWER

Raja Petra Kamarudin

 

C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 03 KUALA LUMPUR 001935

 

SIPDIS

DEPT FOR EAP/MTS AND DS/IP/ITA

 

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

TAGS: PHUM, PGOV, PREL, KDEM, KISL, MY

SUBJECT: SARAWAK: OPPOSITION ADRIFT; INDIGENOUS PEOPLE LACK SERVICES; POLICE REJECT CRITICISM

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No to Baram dam!

PRESS STATEMENT (29 August 2011)

NO DAM FOR BARAM

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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