The protests involving 20-longhouses described by Telang Usan state assemblyman Dennis Ngau as having reached “serious levels” against Baram hydroelectric dam had gone on for nearly a week contrary to news report it was spontaneous, one-off protest.
The group said the protest have always been peaceful, far from being ‘threatening’ as described in the local press. It is an on-going effort to delay, if not altogether stop the State Government plan to build the Baram dam, they said.
The Baram Dam project that has been approved by the state government is located between Long Naah and Long Kesseh, some 200km inland from Miri.
The group also confirmed they had persuaded (not chasing) teams of surveyors from Miri, Sarikei, Sibu and Limbang; workers carrying out rock-testing and drillings at the proposed dam site at Long Kesseh to leave their respective camps as indicated by Caroline Nyurang posts on her Facebook wall.