“Someone” is dam upset in Sarawak


“Someone” appears to have had his feathers ruffled in Sarawak. Apparently, this “someone” in Sarawak is upset with “someone” in Penang – apparently an activist who has hit out at the 12 more dams in the pipeline in Sarawak. (Hmm, I wonder who that could be…)

See: It’s madness: nuclear plan, 12 dams, undersea cables

Anyway, this “someone” in Sarawak should be interested to know that it is not just one or two “someones” over here who think his dam-building frenzy sounds cuckoo. Only 2 per cent of you in a poll on this site (to which over 500 of you have responded so far) think that the plan for 12 more dams in Sarawak is just what Malaysia needs right now. In other words, 98 per cent of you seem to think the plan to increase capacity by 600 per cent “tak masuk akal” (doesn’t make sense).

Maybe, being the “democrat” that he is, he is not used to having his plans criticised. Maybe he has never experienced what it feels like to have his land grabbed by others either.

As for being far away from Sarawak, you don’t have to actually smoke cigarettes to know that smoking is harmful to health.

Perhaps this “someone” in Sarawak can tell us why Sime Darby pulled out from the undersea cable project, the cost of which has reportedly ballooned to some RM15 billion. An Edge report suggested that Sime Darby pulled out because it didn’t consider the project viable. Surely Sime Darby would have done its research and been totally aware of the “the state’s condition and its future direction”.

This “someone” should make public the findings of his “careful study”. He should also tell us which companies are likely to benefit from the construction of all these dams…

This from the Borneo Post today:

Damn the dam critic
By Puvaneswary Devindran

Taib slams activist; says he should make careful study before opening his mouth

KUCHING: Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud yesterday said the criticism directed at Sarawak’s 12 proposed hydroelectric dams was an ‘old tune’ played by someone ignorant of the state’s condition and its future direction.

He said the world was facing depleting energy resources, particularly fossil fuel, where for every four barrels of oil used, only one new barrel was found.

“The world has been trying to overcome this, and then someone in Penang comes up to sing the same old tune and criticise Sarawak without knowing what the condition here is like.

“He (critic) should make a careful study before opening his mouth,” the Chief Minister told reporters after opening the Sixth Wacana Pendidikan Islam at a hotel here yesterday.

Taib did not say who that ‘someone’ was but he nevertheless slammed the person and others for making an issue out of the whole thing when it was a non-issue in the first place.

He said that Mulu National Park would not be submerged with the building of a proposed dam in Tutoh as the park was located further away.

Environmental activists had claimed that the park, known as the ‘Jewel of Sarawak’ would be submerged if the dam were to be built, and in the process, it would lose its status as a World Heritage Site.

Besides Tutoh, the other 11 proposed dams are located at Ulu Air, Metjawah, Belaga, Baleh, Belepeh, Lawas, Limbang, Baram, Murum and Linau rivers.

The plan that seeks to meet future industrialisation needs would also include an extension to the Batang Ai dam.

As soon as the news broke out, environmentalists and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) began attacking the plan with questions about the need for that many dams.

They worry that the dams would lead to the destruction of Borneo’s natural environment and wildlife, and also displacement of the rural people.

It was reported in The Star on July 23 that all these dams would complement the 2,400mw Bakun dam, pushing the total generating capacity in the state to 7,000mw by 2020, an increase of more than 600 per cent from the current capacity.

The plans for the dams were revealed during a presentation at the China Asean Power Cooperation and Development Forum in Nanning, China, in October last year.

The 48-slide presentation has been made available on the Internet and the presentation also said that Chinese companies were expected to design, build and commission the dams.

The report also said that Sarawak’s current energy output was 933mw and that it did not need any more energy.

But there were plans to expand the aluminium smelting industry in the state, which would need the planned output.

Furthermore, Bakun’s 2,400mw was originally meant for Peninsular Malaysia.

Deputy Minister of Energy, Water and Communications Datuk Joseph Salang however said that these dams were necessary as consumption was projected to increase with the development of Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).

He told reporters in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday that the dams would only be approved if they passed the environmental impact assessment, and he did not expect the projects to materialise any time soon although the plan said the dams were slated to complete by 2020.

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22 Dec 2008 1.29am

Give Sarawakians the 14 damns is a lot better than 12 more dams in the state, at least, the indigenous people can keep their ancestral lands and not getting forced displaced.

28 Jul 2008 9.48pm

These are the twelve damns the ‘silver haired’ one needs:-

1) Damn BN
2) Damn UMNO
3) Damn MCA
4) Damn MIC
5) Damn Gerakan
6) Damn irresponsible
7) Damn greedy
8) Damn stupid
9) Damn GOONS
10)Damn MORONS
11)Damn ‘Sleepy’
12)Damn ‘Najis’

Let’s give them two more consolation damns:-

13)Damn ‘Jilat King’
14)Damn ‘Keris’

The Cantonese saying of 14 – SAT SEI – sure DIE!

Is fourteen enough or they want more…..

28 Jul 2008 3.35pm

I am pissed for the thousands of indegineous people that they would deplaced. And people like Joseph Salang would not lift a finger to help his people.

CT Choo
26 Jul 2008 10.56pm

All the dams will generate gigawatts of electricity. 1st round of (possible) corruption is the construction of the dams. Next will be the “ditry industries” like converting bauxite into aluminium. Natives (could) slowly get pushed out of the homelands. Rivers (could) be poisoned. Trees (could) be chopped down. Welcome to the future of Sarawak. It will (possibly) reek of corruption and death. A sad possibilitity. Unless the voters do something.

26 Jul 2008 7.36pm

Just abit more to add anil,

I thought i am devil and suppose to stay far away in jungle or forest to avoid the Politician with angel mask from exorcise me from their live but,

Now they came to my hideout to chased me away.

rajraman.The point blank devil666 to the angel in political mask.

26 Jul 2008 7.20pm

In a letter to the Sun, a Elery Hamilton-Smith from Australia expressed her extreme concern at the news of Sarawak’s proposal for power generation (the Sun, Friday 25th.).

So, to sum it up, citizens don’t know much and foreigners who are knowledgable should not interfere in our internal affairs.

That about covers it.

silver surfer
silver surfer
26 Jul 2008 7.14pm

Totally agreed with you. This man – Taib Mahmud – is a blatantly greedy … man …


(I believe) he just want to create more contracts – (for whom?) What cares he whether Sarawak has excess electricity or not?

This “silver-haired” one … actually almost all Sarawakians want him to go! The State will not go under without him. He is not indispensable as he makes himself out to be.

26 Jul 2008 6.58pm

imwatchingu you are to the dot. its timber, stupid. remember bakun… rape and plunder or the trendy word now, sodomise the forest. cut the tress, sell it and if the dam works, dam good. and remember the leakage by the japanese on timber money. this taib fella thinks we are stupid. But dam it, sarawkians have yet to wake up to the threats by the greatest sodomists in Malaysia. Mark my words, company U (could likely) be in the headlines again with major contracts to cut the trees and build the dams … just like ekran in those days. name… Read more »

A true Malaysian
A true Malaysian
26 Jul 2008 6.19pm

Whatever you address yourselves, will come back to square, we are Malaysian.

For this, I encourage all Malaysians, especially Malay brothers and sisters, to participate in Dr. Hsu’s Forum,

Dr. Hsu, a Gerakan member, is Bangsa Malaysia of the ‘truest’ sense. Whether you agree or disagree, I believe in diversity, ‘DIVERSITY IS OUR STRENGTH’ fellow Malaysians.

26 Jul 2008 6.10pm

It’s all about making a few cronies filthy filthy rich. It’s all about timber extraction. They don’t care two hoots about the environment or how many natives would lose their homes. Look at Bakun. Families who were misplaced by the dam are still struggling with their daily lives. They can’t even complete one dam after more than 10 years and now they want to build another 12 dams? With our poor reputation of construction, one shudder to think waht would be the result if one dam burst.

26 Jul 2008 5.40pm

I am very upset too.
Because they never solve the people suffering but thinking very far ahead of time to solve energy crisis (which is surplus by 40%) but unable to solve near terms peoples problems.

Rajraman666.Very2 upset with the politician with mask of angel.