Murum Dam: Show us SEIA report first, say Penan


The Pelieran-Murum Penan Affairs Committee and the residents of the Penan villages affected by Murum Hydroelectric Dam project are urging the Sarawak state government not to give any approval for the Social and Environmental Impact Assessment (SEIA) until it has been scrutinised by themselves and the public.

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Throughout last year, we were visited by various parties claiming to carry out some studies related to the Murum Dam project. We were told that the government had carried out a SEIA to study the impact of the Murum Dam project on our community.

Until now, we still do not know the actual progress of those studies and the SEIA report as well as other related reports that have been completed and are now ready for public scrutiny.

…before any approval is given for the SEIA report, we urge the government especially the relevant authorities, the Natural Resources and Environment Board (NREB), to provide an opportunity to the public at large to scrutinise the SEIA report. And most importantly, our opinions and feedbacks on the SEIA report should be seriously taken into account.

As our community is directly affected by this dam project, we should be duly informed regarding the progress of those studies especially the effects and impact of the project on us.

The government should also brief and clarify with us the specific development plans that are related to the resettlement programme as well as our livelihoods and future.

We are totally discomfited by the construction work on the Murum Dam project that has been going on intensively at the project site while there has been no confirmation of approval of the SEIA report by the relevant authority. What will happen if the report is not approved and what will the government do to recover the land, forest, river and natural resources that have been destroyed?

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We also call upon the government to inform us about the plan for the resettlement area for us. Likewise, as advised by the government, we have forwarded our suggestion for the proposed resettlement area – at the Metalon River in the upper course of the Pelieran River. However at present, the Shin Yang Company is on the verge of clearing the proposed resettlement area for large scale oil palm plantation. Shin Yang has entered the area without our consent. If Shin Yang is allowed to extensively clear and fell the forest in the area there will be no more forest left for our community to sustain our livelihood. Thus, it would be meaningless for us to be resettled in the proposed area if it is to be developed into an oil palm plantation.

With high hopes, we call upon the government to be involved in drawing up development plans for our betterment which will determine the future direction of our community. With that, as a start, we urge the Sarawak state government and the Natural Resources and Environment Board to furnish us with a copy of the SEIA report to be scrutinised prior to it approval.

Surang Alung


Pelieran-Murum Penan Affairs Committee

Jawatankuasa Hal Ehwal Penan Pelieran-Murum

Masyarakat Penan mahu meneliti laporan Kajian Penilaian Kesan Sosial dan Alam Sekitar Projek Empangan Murum sebelum kelulusan dibuat.

Jawatankuasa Hal Ehwal Penan Pelieran-Murum, Belaga dan penduduk-penduduk kampung-kampung Penan yang terjejas oleh projek empangan Murum memohon kepada Kerajaan Negeri Sarawak agar tidak membuat sebarang kelulusan ke atas “Laporan Kajian Penilaian Kesan Sosial dan Alam Sekitar Projek Empangan Murum” sehingga ia-nya diteliti oleh orang awam dan mereka sendiri.

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Sepanjang tahun lepas (2009), kami telah dilawati oleh pelbagai pihak yang membuat kajian-kajian berkaitan dengan projek empangan Murum. Kami diberitahu bahawa suatu Kajian Penilaian Kesan Sosial dan Alam Sekitar [Social and Environmental Impact Assessment (SEIA)] telah dijalankan oleh Kerajaan demi mengkaji akan kesan-kesan projek empangan Murum ke atas masyarakat kami.

Setakat ini kami belum tahu perkembangan lanjut berkenaan laporan kajian tersebut serta laporan-laporan berkaitan samada ianya telah siap dan sedia untuk diteliti oleh orang awam.

Di sini, kami ingin menyatakan bahawa sebelum laporan SEIA tersebut diluluskan, kami memohon kepada kerajaan dan terutamanya Lembaga Sumber Asli & Alam Sekitar (NREB) Sarawak yang bertanggungjawab untuk memberi peluang kepada orang awam supaya laporan SEIA tersebut diskrutini. Dan yang amat penting ialah pandangan dan maklumbalas kami ke atas laporan SEIA tersebut harus diambil kira dengan serius.

Sebagai masyarakat yang terjejas secara langsung oleh projek empangan ini, kami patut diberitahu berkenaan dengan perkembangan kajian tersebut terutamanya kesan-kesan dan impak-impak projek ke atas kami.

Kerajaan juga seharusnya menerangkan kepada kami tentang rancangan-rancangan pembangunan tertentu yang berkaitan dengan program penempatan semula, kehidupan dan masa depan kami.

Kami sangat khuatir dengan kerja-kerja binaan projek empangan Murum begitu giat dijalankan di tapak projek sedangkan laporan SEIA tersebut belum tentu mendapat kelulusan pihak berkuasa yang berkenaan. Apakah akan terjadi sekiranya laporan tersebut tidak diluluskan nanti dan adakah kerajaan akan membaik-pulih tanah, hutan, sungai dan sumber-sumber kami yang telah dimusnah?

Sehubungan dengan laporan SEIA tersebut, kami juga menyeru kepada kerajaan untuk memaklumkan kami berkenaan dengan rancangan kawasan penempatan semula (resettlement area) untuk kami. Kami telah mengemukakan cadangan berkenaan dengan kawasan penempatan semula yang kami pilih seperti yang dinasihatkan oleh kerajaan, iaitu di Sungai Metalon dibahagian hulu Sungai Peliran. Namun pada masa ini, kawasan yang dicadang tersebut sedang dibuka oleh Syarikat Shin Yang untuk tujuan perladangan kelapa sawit berskala besar. Syarikat Shin Yang memasuki kawasan tersebut tanpa kebenaran dari kami. Sekiranya Shin Yang dibiar membuka dan menebang hutan secara meluas di kawasan tersebut maka masyarakat kami akan tidak ada hutan lagi untuk meneruskan kehidupan. Maka, tidak ada gunanya kami untuk ditempatkan di kawasan tersebut sekira ianya dibangun dengan ladang kelapa sawit.

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Kami menyeru kepada kerajaan dengan harapan tinggi untuk dibawa bersama dalam menentu rancangan-rancangan pembangunan demi kebaikan dan menentu hala-tuju masa depan masyarakat kami. Dalam pada itu, untuk bermula pihak kami menyarankan Kerajaan Negeri Sarawak dan Lembaga Sumber Asli & Alam Sekitar (NREB) Sarawak untuk bekalkan laporan SEIA tersebut untuk diselidiki sebelum kelulusan dibuat.

Surang Alung,


Jawatankuasa Hal Ehwal Penan Pelieran-Murum

(Pelieran-Murum Penan Affairs Committee)


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