Malaysia: Indigenous communities call on Sarawak Energy CEO to cease work on Baram mega dam saying it would displace 20,000 people

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20 May 2012

[PDF] Penan ask Norwegian manager to respect their rights [Malaysian]

Author: Bruno Manser Fund

The six Penan communities of Long Lutin, Long Pakan, Long Lilim, Ba Abang, Long Kawi and Long Item
have sent letters to Torstein Dale Sjotveit, CEO of Sarawak Energy...the Malaysian power supplier in charge of the implementation of Sarawak’s dam projects, demanding that a stop be put to all further work on the proposed Baram mega-­‐dam. The people are against Torstein Dale Sjotveit’s plans for the dam, since the 1,200 MW Baram dam would flood their ancestral lands and villages, affecting a total of 20,000 natives...

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Company response
1 May 2012

Sarawak Energy response re alleged displacement of indigenous communities by Baram mega dam

Author: Torstein Dale Sjøtveit, Chief Executive Officer, Sarawak Energy Berhad

I absolutely reject the latest personal attacks outlined in Bruno Manser Fund’s (BMF) press release...Sarawak Energy...ha[s] committed to genuine, transparent engagement with communities likely to be affected by future hydropower developments including Baram...There is no evidence that anonymous quotes contained in the BMF release are in anyway indicative of the views of the broader community in Baram. Indeed, Sarawak Energy’s own process of community engagement has found that most of the people in communities potentially affected by the Baram Dam are either open minded or positively disposed to the development.

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