Monday, June 1, 2015

Sarawak action group wants Adenan to prove support for Baram dam

BY MOHD FARHAN DARWIS

Sarawakians tell chief minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem that contrary to his claim that the plans to build the Baram Dam has the support of the locals, thousands are against it. – May 31, 2015.



























Sarawakians tell chief minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem that contrary to his claim that the plans to build the Baram Dam has the support of the locals, thousands are against it. – May 31, 2015.


Residents and local activists from Sarawak are urging Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem to prove that the plans to build the Baram Dam has the support of the locals, as claimed by the CM earlier.
Activist and Baram local Charles Gau said that Adenan's statement before this claiming that the dam was supported by tribal leaders and the silent majority was not true.
"Today we want to state that the Baram folks object to this dam," said the Kampung Long Penyok-born local.
Gau said that his side had collected 20,000 signatures of locals who object to the dam, which once completed will cover an area the size of Singapore.
"The chief minister said that the silent majority supports him based on closed door discussions. As far as we know, there are 20,000 signatures from those who object to it," he told reporters after lodging a police report on the matter at Dang Wangi district police headquarters today.
"We want to ask, is it true that the voice of the majority agree with this dam?" he asked.
Gau also questioned Adenan's decision to conduct closed door discussions with tribal leaders without inviting residents to such a discussion.
"Why was a closed door discussion done and not an open discussion? As far as we know there was never an open discussion," he said.
The activists and now demanding for a dialogue with the CM to gather feedback for the Baram project.
Gau said that Penan, Kenyah, and Kayan tribes from 26 villages- about 20,000 locals, will suffer from the dam.
"We still do not know where they will be relocated if a new dam is built," the 43-year-old said.
Gau and 10 activists and locals who oppose the dam also held placards saying "Stop Baram Dam, don't betray your own community" at Dang Wangi.
"We have made the police report because we are not left with any other options, we do not know where to go," he said.
He also pointed out that locals are still taking turns to block the entrance to the proposed dam site, which has been going on for two years now. – May 31, 2015.
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