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28 Mai 2015

Ida Lim, Malay Mail Online (Malaysia)

Malaysia: Villagers sue Tenaga Nasional Berhad energy company over alleged land grabs

"Ejected from centuries-old home for dam project, Pahang orang asli sue TNB", 18 May 2015

After being forced to leave their centuries-old home in Pahang to make way for a hydroelectric project, a group of orang asli villagers have filed a lawsuit against Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), hoping to uphold their land rights as natives...“The power that will be generated is only 130MW, very small, not worth it when compared with the taking of the land as large as that,” Jeffry, who is one of the 11 villagers suing, told reporters here...[T]he Jabatan Kemajuan Orang Asli (JAKOA) director-general had allegedly fraudulently assured the Pos Lanai villagers that their rights on their land would not be affected...The Pos Lanai villagers were moved to the new settlement in 2012, but were told a year later by TNB that it had received permission from the state government for the Telom dam — which meant that the villagers were permanently resettled and would not be allowed to use their land...The suit was filed on April 17 against TNB, JAKOA, Pahang state government and the government of Malaysia.