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Penan vow Murum Dam blockade will stay

EXCLUSIVE A barricade of thick ropes, three empty wooden barrels and planks of timber greets lorry drivers approaching the Long Jaik longhouse near Sungai Seping in remote Belaga, deep in the jungles of Sarawak.

NONEThe Penan put up the blockade - about one kilometre from their Long Jaik longhouse - on Sept 25, with 300 people manning the make-shift checkpoint since then.

Their numbers are now down to 30 people a day, who nevertheless doggedly carry out their duties around-the-clock.

Their anger is directed at the RM3 billion Murum Dam - about 40km away - on which construction began in 2008 and is slated to be completed next year...