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The New 11th Malaysian Plan, a.k.a. The Plantation Scheme

The Orang Asal in Sarawak, Sabah, and the peninsula of Malaysian Borneo are fearful that the land policy under the new 11th Malaysian Plan (11MP) is a scheme to rob them of their native land. The 11MP makes claims that it will benefit the indigenous people and grant them land rights, however this new plan looks very similar to its…

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Oil Palm Developer Seriously Violates Regulations

Villagers from Batu Daya along with a local NGO LinkAR have filed complaints against one of Wilmar Group’s palm oil suppliers, PT. Swadaya Mukti Prakarsa (PT. SMP). The company has used expired permits to continued their oil palm developments while some of their other developments are completely outside of permitted zones. Official investigations confirm that PT. SMP has also illegally used fire to clear these areas.…

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New Documentary Exposes Corruption Behind Mega-Dams in Sarawak, Malaysia

Commerce or Corruption? from The Borneo Project on Vimeo. (Sarawak, Malaysia) The Borneo Project has released Commerce or Corruption?, the second film in a series of short documentaries exposing the realities of proposed mega-dam construction in Sarawak, Malaysia. The film release coincides with the 555th day of the community-led Baram Dam blockades. Mega-hydro projects are…

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Sarawak’s Forest Bill 2015: Dangerous Roads Ahead

Sarawak’s new Forest Bill 2015 was enacted last week on April 22nd. The bill was formed from provisions made to the outdated Forest Ordinance of 1958. The state government claims this new law will help meet the current objectives of the timber industry where there is also a “pressing need” to resolve malpractices. The Second…

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Goldman Environmental Prize Goes to Mega-Dam Fighters

Congratulations to the six individuals from around the world who were awarded with the Goldman Environmental Prize this week! We are especially excited that two of the six were recognized for their courageous work in stopping the construction of mega-dams.   Myint Zaw from Myanmar was instrumental in defeating the proposed Myitsone Dam, a 6,000 megawatt…

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More Reasons Not To Invest in Hydropower

Recent studies show that investors interested in renewable energy should be apprehensive to finance major hydropower projects. Apart from the immense amount of methane emissions and the disastrous environmental damage caused by dams, the impending threat of droughts is another reason not to back mega-dams. The state of California has experienced a 60% decline in their hydroelectric power generation…

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NO KAIDUAN DAM!

Photo courtesy Save Ulu Papar’s Facebook page The government has approved a new, controversial dam to be built in Sabah, Malaysia – and it will be built if nothing is done to stop it. The foreseeable Kaiduan dam will obstruct the Papar River in the Ulu Papar valley, flooding some 3,000 acres of pristine rainforest, rich in…

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Anwar’s Petition Rejected, 5 More Years in Prison

It is a very sad day for opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his fellow supporters. The petition filed against the verdict of his conviction has been rejected by Malaysia’s Pardon Board. Now Anwar’s final legal option is to file a judicial review with the Federal Court; his lawyers have yet to announce their decision on…

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Indigenous Land Rights Vital to Climate Change Solutions

Malaysiakini’s article highlights the importance of government respect for indigenous land rights, particularly due to the impact of development on the Earth’s climate. Indigenous peoples in Malaysia have a longstanding history of sustainable land management, as their traditional livelihoods depend on the health of their natural environments. Before implementing laws for sustainable development on land inhabited by indigenous…

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Healthy Rivers Mean Healthy Communities, Forests in Sarawak

March 14th will mark the 18th annual International Day of Action for Rivers. Thousands of participants from around the world can find camaraderie in the international community advocating for the protection of rivers. It is a day to celebrate our rivers and the work we have achieved fighting for them as well as to spread…

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