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Princess Anne asked to speak out for Penan displaced by Murum Dam
22.02.2017
Princess Anne asked to speak out for Penan displaced by Murum Dam
The communities displaced by the Murum Dam are still waiting to receive farmland – NGOs are now asking Britain’s Princess Anne for help as she visited dam builder Sarawak Energy in late 2016
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Berkeley Professor offers Sarawak Chief Minister support for state energy planning
16.08.2016
Berkeley Professor offers Sarawak Chief Minister support for state energy planning
Energy experts from Berkeley present alternatives to mega-dams to large audience from government, media and civil society in Kuching – support for state energy planning offered to Sarawak’s Chief Minister Adenan Satem
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EXCLUSIVE: Taib's Norwegian aide to leave Malaysia!
15.08.2016
EXCLUSIVE: Taib's Norwegian aide to leave Malaysia!
Victory for the Bruno Manser Fund: Sarawak Energy CEO's contract to expire
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The Baram miracle: Dam plans officially scrapped
22.03.2016
The Baram miracle: Dam plans officially scrapped
Sarawak state government bows to protests and cancels plans for controversial 1500 MW dam project on the Baram river in Malaysian Borneo - Expropriated land to be returned to indigenous communities
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Indigenous anti-dam activists worldwide stand in solidarity with Berta Cáceres
08.03.2016
Indigenous anti-dam activists worldwide stand in solidarity with Berta Cáceres
Indigenous leaders fighting against dams worldwide join the call for a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding Berta Caceres' assassination.
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Sarawak should reconsider energy plans after Baram dam moratorium
24.11.2015
Sarawak should reconsider energy plans after Baram dam moratorium
After the shelving of the Baram Dam in Sarawak, the Bruno Manser Fund calls for a democratic debate on the Malaysian state’s energy plans and proposes the appointment of an independent expert group to look into Sarawak’s energy future
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International indigenous anti-dam activists join two year anniversary celebration of Baram Dam blockades
25.10.2015
International indigenous anti-dam activists join two year anniversary celebration of Baram Dam blockades
International indigenous anti-dam activists join two year anniversary celebration of Baram Dam blockades - Indigenous resistance against the proposed Baram Dam receives international support for the celebration of the second year anniversary of the Baram Dam blockades: indigenous anti-dam activists from many parts of the world adopt declaration at the banks of the Baram River in Sarawak, Malaysia.
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Small Is Beautiful: The People Matter
27.09.2015
Small Is Beautiful: The People Matter
Small Is Beautiful: The People Matter - Land lawyer and opposition politician See Chee How comments on the new moratorium on the Baram Dam as well as the proposal of the University of Berkeley to support Sarawak in the development of an alternative energy path
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VICTORY: Moratorium on the Baram Dam in Malaysia
23.09.2015
VICTORY: Moratorium on the Baram Dam in Malaysia
VICTORY: Moratorium on the Baram Dam in Malaysia - After two years of blocking all work on the proposed Baram Dam in Malaysia, the indigenous peoples have scored a major victory: the state government has announced a moratorium on the controversial dam and an evaluation of small-scale energy alternatives.
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Sarawak Chief Minister receives dam critics over new scientific findings
29.06.2015
Sarawak Chief Minister receives dam critics over new scientific findings
Sarawak Chief Minister receives dam critics over new scientific findings - Sarawak Chief Minister receives dam critics to discuss research results of the University of California: SCORE mega-dams not cost-effective
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Norwegian consultant admonished over Sarawak dams
24.06.2015
Norwegian consultant admonished over Sarawak dams
Last year, Norconsult refused to talk to dam-affected indigenous people from Malaysia waiting at their door – following a NGO complaint, Norconsult admits lack of due diligence in OECD mediation
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Asian Development Bank to review Sarawak Energy loan
16.03.2015
Asian Development Bank to review Sarawak Energy loan
Malaysian NGOs score victory in visit to ADB headquarters in Manila - Proposed loan to power supplier Sarawak Energy delayed in order to undergo enhanced due diligence
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Indigenous Representatives at Asian Development Bank Headquarters Call for Cancellation of Loan to Sarawak Energy
03.03.2015
Indigenous Representatives at Asian Development Bank Headquarters Call for Cancellation of Loan to Sarawak Energy
Indigenous Representatives At Asian Development Bank Headquarters Call for Cancellation of Loan to Sarawak Energy - Fact-finding mission reveals Sarawak Energy failed to consult meaningfully with communities affected by Trans-Borneo transmission line and has yet to pay fair compensation – ADB asked to withdraw as a potential financier
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Malaysian Auditor-General asked to do audit of the Murum Dam
04.02.2015
Malaysian Auditor-General asked to do audit of the Murum Dam
Malaysian Auditor-General asked to do audit of the Murum Dam - NGOs are asking the Malaysian Auditor-General Amrin to conduct an audit of the Murum Dam in Sarawak on safety and pending concerns of affected communities.
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Former Malaysian Prime Minister speaks out against Sarawak’s mega-dams
27.01.2015
Former Malaysian Prime Minister speaks out against Sarawak’s mega-dams
Former Malaysian Prime Minister speaks out against Sarawak’s mega-dams - After receiving a letter from the network of communities affected by the dams, Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad criticises the Sarawak government’s multi-dam initiative
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International conference organizers turn blind eye to Sarawak Energy
18.11.2014
International conference organizers turn blind eye to Sarawak Energy
International conference organizers turn blind eye to Sarawak Energy - Civil society groups criticize international energy conference in Kuala Lumpur sponsored by Sarawak Energy
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Human Rights Groups Demand Police Stop Intimidating Rightful Landowners of Baram
04.11.2014
Human Rights Groups Demand Police Stop Intimidating Rightful Landowners of Baram
Human Rights Groups Demand Police Stop Intimidating Rightful Landowners of Baram
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Sarawak government sends troublemaker to anti-dam blockade on its one-year anniversary
23.10.2014
Sarawak government sends troublemaker to anti-dam blockade on its one-year anniversary
Sarawak government sends troublemaker to anti-dam blockade on its one-year anniversary - While indigenous peoples are celebrating the one-year anniversary of their blockades against the proposed Baram Dam, the government is sending a troublemaker and the police to eliminate the resistance.
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Police is threatening indigenous blockade against dam
21.10.2014
Police is threatening indigenous blockade against dam
Police is threatening indigenous blockade against dam - Malaysian authorities attempted to dismantle one of the blockades against the proposed Baram Dam
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Asian Development Bank Urged to Shelve Loan for Sarawak
08.10.2014
Asian Development Bank Urged to Shelve Loan for Sarawak
Asian Development Bank Urged to Shelve Loan for Sarawak - 40 organizations call on the President of the Asian Development Bank to withdraw a proposed loan to Sarawak Energy for a transmission line.
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10.09.2014
"Don’t become complicit in human rights violations", power industry warned
"Don’t become complicit in human rights violations", power industry warned - International power companies meeting in KL this week have met with protests: indigenous peoples are asking them not to become involved in Malaysian dam building.
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Energy industry warned against investing in Sarawak
08.09.2014
Energy industry warned against investing in Sarawak
Energy industry warned against investing in Sarawak - As international power companies meet in KL for the ASEAN Power Week, the Bruno Manser Fund has released a fact sheet for investors on the risks of doing business in Sarawak.
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Respect Indigenous Peoples’ Right to Withhold Consent for Malaysian Dam, Says New Report
18.08.2014
Respect Indigenous Peoples’ Right to Withhold Consent for Malaysian Dam, Says New Report
Respect Indigenous Peoples’ Right to Withhold Consent for Malaysian Dam, Says New Report - Fact-finding mission reports on fundamental human rights violations committed by Malaysian company Sarawak Energy at the proposed Baram Dam, while blockades of villagers against the dam reach day 300.
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Malaysian lawyers slam Sarawak dam resettlements
07.08.2014
Malaysian lawyers slam Sarawak dam resettlements
Malaysian lawyers slam Sarawak dam resettlements - The Malaysian Bar Council finds a series of basic rights violated at the resettlement sites of the Murum Dam and attests Sarawak Energy a lack of interest in the resettled people
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Sarawak Energy downplays security risks at mega-dam
07.07.2014
Sarawak Energy downplays security risks at mega-dam
A confidential assessment of the turbines of the Murum Dam reveals severe security issues – Sarawak Energy asked to put safety first and stop all preparation works for further dams
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“Fight for your rights!” - Norway’s indigenous Sami people encourage Sarawak dam opposition
26.05.2014
“Fight for your rights!” - Norway’s indigenous Sami people encourage Sarawak dam opposition
Sami Television and Norway’s state radio, NRK, report on Malaysian delegation’s visit to the controversial Alta Dam hydropower plant in Northern Norway
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Surprise call at Norway headquarters: Borneo natives take Norconsult to task
21.05.2014
Surprise call at Norway headquarters: Borneo natives take Norconsult to task
Norwegian consultancy group Norconsult refuses to receive a Malaysian NGO delegation in Oslo – Indigenous spokesman Peter Kallang: “We ask Norconsult to stop assisting Sarawak Energy in destroying our livelihoods” – Bruno Manser Fund condemns Norconsult’s arrogant stance
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EXCLUSIVE: Norwegian chief prosecutor reports Sarawak Energy CEO to Malaysia’s corruption watchdog
19.05.2014
EXCLUSIVE: Norwegian chief prosecutor reports Sarawak Energy CEO to Malaysia’s corruption watchdog
EXCLUSIVE: Norwegian chief prosecutor reports Sarawak Energy CEO to Malaysia’s corruption watchdog - Okokrim classifies allegations against Torstein Dale Sjøtveit and the Taib family as „gross corruption“ - Bruno Manser Fund calls on Malaysia’s Anti Corruption Commission MACC to act swiftly and eradicate corruption in the Sarawak hydropower sector
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Norwegian energy company refuses dialogue with Sarawak natives over dams
18.05.2014
Norwegian energy company refuses dialogue with Sarawak natives over dams
Norwegian energy company refuses dialogue with Sarawak natives over dams - Norconsult CEO & President John Nyheim refuses to meet with a Malaysian NGO delegation that is currently in Norway – Nyheim: our partners in Sarawak have „not been convicted on any allegations of corruption or malpractice“ – Save Rivers Chairman Peter Kallang: „Norconsult’s conduct is a disgrace“
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ABB to review Malaysia business
15.05.2014
ABB to review Malaysia business
ABB to review Malaysia business - Swedish-Swiss power technology provider meets indigenous delegation from Sarawak – Bruno Manser Fund demands USD 1,5 million indemnization for indigenous communities from ABB
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Borneo natives take anti-dams campaign to Europe
13.05.2014
Borneo natives take anti-dams campaign to Europe
Borneo natives take anti-dams campaign to Europe - NGO delegation from Sarawak visits Switzerland and Norway to meet government officials and European energy corporations’ headquarters – ABB and Norconsult to be held accountable for their Malaysia business
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Scientists present alternative to Sarawak’s mega-dams
23.04.2014
Scientists present alternative to Sarawak’s mega-dams
Scientists present alternative to Sarawak’s mega-dams - A new study by the University of Berkeley shows how Sarawak’s future lies with small-scale, local energy solutions rather than with risky and expensive large-scale hydropower. The scientists are presenting their findings tomorrow at the ASEAN Renewable Energy Week in Kuala Lumpur.
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Oxford University study says large dams are uneconomical
21.04.2014
Oxford University study says large dams are uneconomical
Oxford University study says large dams are uneconomical - Just in time for this week’s ASEAN Renewable Energy Week, new scientific results have questioned the economic viability of large dams. Calculations by the Bruno Manser Fund show that the Malaysian Bakun Dam scores even worse than the average large dam.
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65,000 demand that ABB withdraw from Sarawak
17.03.2014
65,000 demand that ABB withdraw from Sarawak
The Bruno Manser Fund has handed over a petition against ABB’s dealings in Sarawak, Malaysia – ABB refuses to provide any information on its business ties with the Taib regime
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Anti-dam blockades in Malaysia reach day 100!
30.01.2014
Anti-dam blockades in Malaysia reach day 100!
Anti-dam blockades in Malaysia reach day 100! - Indigenous landowners have been blocking the works on the proposed Baram Dam in Sarawak for 100 days. They resisted attempts of bribery by the dam builder Sarawak Energy.
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Victory for Borneo natives as Sarawak Energy is about to drop its Norwegian CEO
07.01.2014
Victory for Borneo natives as Sarawak Energy is about to drop its Norwegian CEO
Victory for Borneo natives as Sarawak Energy is about to drop its Norwegian CEO - Sarawak Energy's Norwegian CEO Sjøtveit, who has been under fire for the last two years, is likely to leave Sarawak Energy by the end of the year.
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New film documents struggle against Sarawak's dams
19.12.2013
New film documents struggle against Sarawak's dams
New film documents struggle against Sarawak's dams - Bruno Manser Fund releases documentary "Save Sarawak.Stop the Dams" on struggle against Sarawak's dams.
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Natives rally with new force against Malaysia’s extractive land policy
10.12.2013
Natives rally with new force against Malaysia’s extractive land policy
Natives rally with new force against Malaysia’s extractive land policy - Malaysian Borneo comes under fire: natives have today held several rallies to protect their ancestral lands from the government’s extractive land policy furthering logging, plantations and dam development. Today’s protests stand symbolically for the strengthening of the indigenous movement in Sarawak.
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Malaysian Embassies worldwide received message to end human rights violations at Murum Dam
26.11.2013
Malaysian Embassies worldwide received message to end human rights violations at Murum Dam
Malaysian Embassies worldwide received message to end human rights violations at Murum Dam - Malaysian Embassies worldwide received a letter by civil society groups urging Malaysia's Prime Minster to end human rights abuses at the Murum Dam in Sarawak
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ABB urged to withdraw from controversial Malaysian dam projects
18.11.2013
ABB urged to withdraw from controversial Malaysian dam projects
ABB urged to withdraw from controversial Malaysian dam - Swedish-Swiss power and technology group criticized for providing key technologies to Sarawak’s controversial dam projects.
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Murum Dam: International NGO coalition asks Malaysian PM to intervene
12.11.2013
Murum Dam: International NGO coalition asks Malaysian PM to intervene
Murum Dam: International NGO coalition asks Malaysian PM to intervene - 30 international NGOs asked the Malaysian Prime Minister to intervene and protect the rights of the people at the Murum Dam in Sarawak
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Sarawak Energy CEO: “I’m taking no stance on corruption in Malaysia”
08.11.2013
Sarawak Energy CEO: “I’m taking no stance on corruption in Malaysia”
Sarawak Energy CEO: “I’m taking no stance on corruption in Malaysia” - Embattled Norwegian energy manager, Torstein Dale Sjotveit, rejects corruption allegations, declines to come clean over contracts granted to Malaysian top politician’s family
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Bruno Manser Fund lodges complaint against Sarawak Energy CEO
03.11.2013
Bruno Manser Fund lodges complaint against Sarawak Energy CEO
Bruno Manser Fund lodges complaint against Sarawak Energy CEO, Torstein Dale Sjotveit, over Taib family contracts - Sjotveit accused of granting USD 416 million in conctracts to the Chief Minister's family
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Native landowners chase out Baram dam workers
26.10.2013
Native landowners chase out Baram dam workers
Native landowners chase out Baram dam workers - Natives have successfully blocked works on the Baram Dam and its access road in Sarawak, Malaysia.
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Remove your machinery within three days, Baram natives warn Sarawak Energy
24.10.2013
Remove your machinery within three days, Baram natives warn Sarawak Energy
Remove your machinery within three days, Baram natives warn Sarawak Energy - Anti-dam protestors confront workers at planned dam site, vow to uphold their protest for an extended period.
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Borneo natives extend anti-dam blockades ahead of key UN meeting on Malaysia
23.10.2013
Borneo natives extend anti-dam blockades ahead of key UN meeting on Malaysia
Borneo natives extend anti-dam blockades ahead of key UN meeting on Malaysia - Two new blockades bar access to mega-dam construction site on the Baram river – 300 Penan continue Murum dam resettlement protest – Malaysia’s human rights record to be reviewed at the UN in Geneva tomorrow
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Ngang was released this morning
04.10.2013
Ngang was released this morning
After Ngang had been arrested at the Murum dam blockade yesterday, the police released him this morning before the expiry of the 24-hour remand period.
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One Penan arrested - Police shoot in the air as 300 continue protest
03.10.2013
One Penan arrested - Police shoot in the air as 300 continue protest
Ngang Buling, a Penan from the Murum region, has been arrested this morning shortly after 10 am at the blockade site.
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Penan lodged police report against SEB and Sarawak Government
01.10.2013
Penan lodged police report against SEB and Sarawak Government
Save Sarawak’s Rivers Network (SAVE Rivers) announced in their press release that a group of Penan representatives lodged a police report in Miri against Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) and the Sarawak State Government.
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Protest in Kuala Lumpur against the Murum and Baram Dam
26.09.2013
Protest in Kuala Lumpur against the Murum and Baram Dam
A group of 60 people protested outside the Kuala Lumpur Parliament building against the mega dam projects in Sarawak.
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Sarawak Energy nominated as worst company of the year
23.09.2013
Sarawak Energy nominated as worst company of the year
The Bruno Manser Fund is nominating Malaysian dam developer, Sarawak Energy, for the “Public Eye” negative award. The award will “honour” the most shameful company of the year during the upcoming 2014 World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos.
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Humanitarian crisis in Sarawak as dam empoundment destroys Penan villages - Long Wat burned down in suspected arson
23.09.2013
Humanitarian crisis in Sarawak as dam empoundment destroys Penan villages - Long Wat burned down in suspected arson
Sarawak Energy, the state's electricity monopolist, has started the impoundment of the 944 MW Murum dam in Sarawak without prior notice given to the six Penan villages of Long Wat, Long Luar, Long Tangau, Long Menapa, Long Singu and Long Malim.
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Penan renew blockade at Murum Dam
19.09.2013
Penan renew blockade at Murum Dam
The Penan affected by the Murum Dam renewed their blockade at the dam site and maintained their demands for fair compensation.
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Cheating and buying in Baram election
25.07.2013
Cheating and buying in Baram election
Sarawak’s government resorts to all means to force Baram Dam through. Chief Minister Taib is so scared of losing the support for his pet project that he prevented the opposition candidate in Baram from winning the elections by improper means.
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Bakun black out damages Mukah aluminium smelting plant
05.07.2013
Bakun black out damages Mukah aluminium smelting plant
Power outage caused by Bakun leaves Sarawak in the dark and causes shutdown of aluminium smelter
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National Geographic criticizes Sarawak's dam plans
28.02.2013
National Geographic criticizes Sarawak's dam plans
The National Geographic published a critical article on Sarawak's dam plans.
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Historic day in Baram as Taib visit meets protests
25.02.2013
Historic day in Baram as Taib visit meets protests
Historic day in Baram as Taib visit meets protests - A group of Baram people interrupted Chief Minister Taib's speech and confronted him with their demand to stop the Baram Dam.
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International Hydropower Association urged to cancel Sarawak conference over greenwashing concerns
18.01.2013
International Hydropower Association urged to cancel Sarawak conference over greenwashing concerns
International Hydropower Association urged to cancel Sarawak conference over greenwashing concerns - Industry group warned over reputational risks due to Malaysian dam scheme's corruption, lack of sustainability
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Anwar says he will shelve Sarawak dam plans
09.01.2013
Anwar says he will shelve Sarawak dam plans
Anwar says he will shelve Sarawak dam plans - Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim speaks out against proposed Baram Dam
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The communities displaced by the Murum Dam are still waiting to receive farmland – NGOs are now asking Britain’s Princess Anne for help as she visited dam builder Sarawak Energy in late 2016

 

 

 


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