Murum Appeal – donate and sign our petition to support the Emergency Campaign

Sign the Murum Petition

Petition to be sent to Najib Razak, the Prime Minister of Malaysia; Bryan Green, Minister at the Department of Energy State of Tasmania, which has responsibility for Hydro-Tasmania and has also seconded personnel to take charge of Sarawak Energy's Corporate and Social Responsibility (including resettlement programmes); Abdul Taib Mahmud, the Minister for Planning and Resources State of Sarawak; Dr. Refaat Abdel-Malek Chairman of the International Hydropower Association, of which Sarawak Energy is a Board Member:

We demand that the human rights of the indigenous Penan people of the Murum area are respected during the remaining construction of this dam project. After over 5 years of disruption they have still received no compensation or recognition of their rights, during a period when their forests have been felled and their livelihoods and cultural heritage destroyed. We demand immediate action to help these people who are starving at the hands of their own government. We demand immediate recognition of their rights of basic citizenship, including the issuing of Identity Cards and voter registration. We demand that compensation and resettlement issues are openly and fairly negotiated with proper professional representation being made available to the Penan communities in the form of a full time legal team of advisors. We demand that all work on the dam is stopped until these conditions have been met and until the social and environmental impact assessments have been published and discussed. We demand that work should not resume on the dam unless there is full and proper agreement that key criteria are met by the project - these are that there is an agreed need and purpose for the dam, that the destruction caused by the dam is proportionate to any perceived need, that there are no corruption issues with respect to the commissioning of the dam and that the environmental and social impacts are justifiable and mitigated as much as possible in this extremely sensitive area and that the human and indigenous rights of the Penan people and other natives residing in the area have been fully recognised and their losses fully compensated in agreement with them. These demands are made in line with the expectations of UN protocols on human and indigenous rights and the protocols of the International Hydropower Association of which Sarawak Energy is now a Board Member.

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Sarawak Report and Radio Free Sarawak want to thank each and every person who has contributed to the magnificent donations for our radio campaign.  One project leader has described the impact of our radio distributions in the following terms:

These radios do have a major impact as I can see appreciative crowds in rural areas sitting around a radio and clapping in agreement to what is broadcast. They are eagerly waiting every evening at the radio.”

Many of these communities have been prepared to pay to buy radios but we will be able to supply many for free as well to the poorer people, thanks to your support.

Download the Murum memorandum

Our new emergency campaign is designed to help feed, support and give shelter to the Penan communities who have had the courage to say ‘NO’ to the Murum Resettlement Plan.  Whole families and communities have been forced onto the road to man the blockade and they need all the support we can offer the NGOs who are trying to alleviate their suffering. Please donate and please sign up to our appeal against Murum.