Indigenous communities win victory in anti-dam battle in Sarawak

P1040210 (640x480)Indigenous communities in the Malaysian state of Sarawak are celebrating a massive victory. The gazettes extinguishing the native rights of ownership of the land earmarked for the proposed Baram mega-dam and its reservoir have been revoked.

“It seems the plan for Baram dam has been scrapped,” said the chairman of the grassroots movement SAVE Rivers, Peter Kallang, who has been spearheading the five-year battle against the dam. “I feel relieved and elated. Now we can move on.”

In a letter to the lawyer for the Baram villagers, Harrison Ngau, the Sarawak state attorney-general’s chambers said the expropriation of native customary rights to land acquired for the dam site and the reservoir had been officially revoked.

Construction of the 1,200-megawatt dam, which would have covered 38,000 hectares, would have caused the flooding of 412 square kilometres of rainforest and displaced more than 20,000 indigenous people.

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