28 March – Sarawak’s controversial mega-dams project is officially dead – ending a three-year battle to stop developmental aggression.
The Sarawak state government has finally bowed to pressure from local communities who have been protesting against the construction of 12 mega-dams along the Baram river in the Malaysian province of Borneo.
The Sarawak State Attorney-General’s chambers wrote Harrison Ngau, legal counsel of the affected communities, informing him that the expropriation of the native customary rights land for the dam site and the reservoir had been officially revoked. This officially ends the plans that would have flooded 412 square kilometers of rainforests and displaced up to 20,000 indigenous people.
The Baram dam project was designed under Sarawak’s former Chief Minister and current Governor Taib Mahmud, and aggressively promoted by energy supplier Sarawak Energy as part of a multi-billion dollar hydropower scheme.