Rock samples gather by Sarawak Energy geologist at Baram. (Facebook / Caroline Nyurang)

Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) will lodge more police reports against those destroying core samples from the soil investigation work and threatening workers conducting site works, as part of the preliminary feasibility works on the proposed Baram Dam.

Confirming this, its corporate services chief, Aisah Eden, said the state-owned company had provided the police with a detailed file, including video and photographic evidence of the destruction of core samples worth about RM1 million, and other valuable property at Long Kahah, which is downstream of Long Na’ah.

Aisah Eden, Sarawak Energy Chief of Corporate Services

In a statement here today, she said the state government was not intimidated by errant non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and their foreign counterpart, Bruno Manser Foundation, which were allegedly linked to such irresponsible action.

Endorsing her comments, SEB senior manager responsible for community engagement, Jiwari Abdullah said, having failed to make any impact in Sarawak, those NGOs had now revealed their true colours, displaying violence and intimidation, with the Bruno Manser Foundation even staging a protest at the home of SEB chief executive officer Datuk Torstein Sjotveit’s in Oslo.

Meanwhile, Sjotveit said over recent months, SEB had been much more active in pushing out the facts, adding that “the communication of the truth has infuriated our detractors, who are now resorting to the tactics of the gutter.”

So far, SEB has built two hydroelectric projects in Sarawak, including the first 100-megawatt Batang Ai dam in Lubok Antu in the 1980’s and the 944-megawatt Murum dam in Belaga, which is expected to be fully online by the end of next year.– BERNAMA