New aluminium smelter galvanises opposition
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.