Malaysia faces criticism over plans for 12 new Sarawak dams

Campaigners have taken their protests against Sarawak’s plans to build a dozen hydro-electric dams to the United Nations in Geneva, reports Bruno Manser Fund.

protest against Sarawak dams
Photograph: BMF

Geneva – Environmental activists from Switzerland and Malaysia gathered at lunch time on 14 March in front of the UN seat at Geneva’s Place des Nations to protest against plans to construct 12 hydroelectric dams in Sarawak.

Following the rally in Geneva, the Malaysian representative to the UN was given a petition with 6000 signatures from Swiss citizens calling for Malaysia to halt the dam plans.

The Geneva action followed a similar protest held yesterday by indigenous communities in Sarawak, Malaysia, to mark the International Action Day for Rivers.

In a press statement, the Bruno Manser Fund sharply criticised the lack of transparency of the Malaysian dam plans which will cause the forced displacement of tens of thousands of indigenous people and will irreversibly destroy hundreds of square kilometres of tropical forests.

“These dam plans amount to a serious breach of the affected communities’ human rights and would destroy their river-based culture,” the Bruno Manser Fund stated. “It is shocking to see that corruption and not true energy demand is the main driver behind these projects.”

Malaysia has recently completed the 2400 MW Bakun mega dam, Asia’s largest dam outside China.

The Bruno Manser Fund calls on the international community to pressure Malaysia to halt all further dam projects on Borneo.

Sign the online petition against the disaster dams in Sarawak.

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