All M’sians must stand united against mega dams in Borneo

FOCUS: Some 250 km from Miri, Sarawak, a community is bravely standing in the way of being displaced and to protect the surrounding environment.

They have been doing so for 562 days now through a non-violent blockade to prevent loggers and the Sarawak Energy Bhd from accessing the construction site of the Baram mega dam.

Recently, in conjunction with the 555th day of the blockade, the Borneo Project released a second film as part of a series on short documentaries on the proposed mega dams in the country’s largest state.

The video, titled “Commerce or Corruption” highlights the risks posed to the people and environment, while questioning the need for the mega-dams citing the enormous cost and its economic unfeasibility.

Critics of the dams say that the project will result drive tens of thousands of the land, the extinction of untold species, pollute rivers and produce more greenhouse gas emissions per megawatt of energy than a coal-fired power plant.

They also say that the dams benefit very few people, most notably the family of former Sarawak chief minister Abdul Taib Mahmud.

In Sabah, the proposal to build the Kaiduan dam, in Ulu Papar has also been met with fierce opposition by the indigenous community and activists.

They too do not want to be driven from their homes and fear the destruction of the biodiversity-rich area.

I can’t help but feel sorry for the affected communities as they have everything to lose.

Yet, I can’t help feel they are fighting a losing battle against the might of the government.

While this issue affects those miles away from Peninsula Malaysia, the destruction of the environment and the well-being of its people is a national issue.

The Baram mega-dam for example will see 20,000 displaced and 400 sqkm2 of rainforest inundated.

I believe that the collective voice of the people can go a long way in helping and supporting the cause of the affected communities of these damned dam projects.

10 May 2015 – theantdaily.com
All M’sians must stand united against mega dams in Borneo


1 Response to “All M’sians must stand united against mega dams in Borneo”

  1. 1 khong khek khuat
    June 15, 2015 at 2:54 am

    in the light that Sabah can be affected by a forgotten earthquake fault,
    the powers that be ought to take this into account. We do not want a situation when
    an earthquake wiped out a few towns and kucing into the sea.

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