New aluminium smelter galvanises opposition

comments     Keruah Usit     Published     Updated

ANTIDOTE Native villagers in Bintulu, central Sarawak, have spoken out strongly against the new Press Metal aluminium smelter in Samalaju Industrial Park.

The smelter is a flagship project in the aggressive industrialisation plan of chief minister Abdul Taib Mahmud’s Sarawak Corridor of Sustainable Energy (Score).

Score is Taib’s justification for the hydroelectric mega-projects at Bakun, Murum, Baram, and nine other dam sites. These are dismissed as corruption-plagued “white elephants” and land grabs by human rights and environmental activists.

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