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The tropical rainforests of the Malaysian state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo are one of the world's biodiversity centres. One hectare of forest in Borneo harbours more tree species than the whole of Europe. For centuries, Sarawak's native communities have sustainably used the Borneo forest and its river systems for farming, fishing and hunting.

The current Sarawak government under its extremely corrupt Chief Minster, Abdul Taib Mahmud, is planning to build twelve hydroelectric dams, which would displace tens of thousands of people and flood large tracts of tropical rainforest. The dams would mainly benefit a handful of companies linked to the Taib family, which controls Sarawak's construction sector and holds a state-wide cement monopoly.

We are asking the Malaysian authorities to put a stop to the Sarawak dam plans immediately, since they would have drastic social and environmental consequences.

Please help us build up international pressure against the Sarawak corruption dams and sign our online petition.

 

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Oxford University study says large dams are uneconomical - Just in time for this week’s ASEAN Renewable Energy Week, new scientific results have questioned the economic viability of large dams. Calculations by the Bruno Manser Fund show that the Malaysian Bakun Dam scores even worse than the average large dam.

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