NGO Save Sarawak’s Rivers Network (Save Rivers) has hailed Chief Minister Adenan Satem's moratorium on the controversial Baram Dam and said it will discuss with the affected natives about possibly lifting their blockade.
The native population, supported by Save Rivers, which had battled mega dams by the Sarawak government for decades, had initiated a protracted blockade on construction machinery in a bid to prevent construction workers from intruding onto their land.
"Save Rivers network is in the process of getting feedback from the people on the proposal by Adenan for the removal of the blockades against the Baram hydroelectric dam," said Save Rivers chairperson Peter Kallang.
However, Kallang noted that Adenan had said that there was no final decision on the Baram dam but he would be listening to all views.
Kallang said there were several considerations before the blockade can be removed.
"One example is the fact that the native customary right land for the proposed site of the hydroelectric dam and its reservoir are already gazetted as state land.
“These lands which include homes and farms now legally belong to the government," he said.
As such, he said this were among the issues that must first be addressed.
Nonetheless, Kallang said he was confident an agreeable solution can be achieved.