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Dry taps in the shadow of a dam

Aidila Razak  |  Published:  |  Modified:

Located about 60km southwest of Kuching, Kampung Bengoh is a quiet Bidayuh village with two sundry shops, a small primary school, no restaurants and a close-knit community.

Often, however, the tranquility of the village is shattered by the roar of lorries and trucks, for the home to about 200 sits squarely in between a RM310 million Bengoh Dam and a quarry opened to supply limestone for the project.

NONE Work on the dam, meant to supply freshwater to Kuching and its surrounding areas, began in 2007 amidst protests, and is now in its final stages and ahead of schedule.

But despite having to sacrifice their homes and farms on their native customary lands for the project, the villagers do not have treated running water...

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