Nov 22, 2012

Flooding Borneo villages, with Australian help, rallies locals

In Long San, a small community in the interior of Sarawak, a dam with the help of Australian firm Hydro Tasmania will flood villages. They're trying to fight back, report Christine Horn and Andrew Dodd.

Baram river

It was a casual comment that brought home the magnitude of the dam planned for this remote corner of Borneo.

We were having lunch at the headman’s house in Long San, a small community in the interior of Sarawak. Outside, the children, who were home from school for the holidays, were playing. There were the ubiquitous sounds of chickens and dogs in the background and it was hot and humid. The village is just one degree north of the equator.

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2 thoughts on “Flooding Borneo villages, with Australian help, rallies locals

  1. Sheehan Chris

    Please ensure your reporting is accurate. Below is an extract from a letter of apology from the SBS Ombudsman to Hydro Tasmania re the Dateline program which supposedly “divulged the link between Hydro Tasmania & the Sarawak dam projects – “The statements made about the role of Hydro Tasmania are not accurate. The annual reports of Hydro Tasmania for 2009 to 2010 and 2010 to 2011 are available online. The annual reports reveal
    that Hydro Tasmania’s connection with the Sarawak Energy Board is that Hydro Tasmania provides consultancy and training services through its consulting services business, Entura. That was not correctly and fairly reported.
    Further, the totality of the report was inaccurate and misleading. On balance I find that the report breached Code 2.2 in respect of accuracy, balance and impartiality. The relationship between Hydro Tasmania and with Sarawak Energy Berhad was misreported and misrepresented.” Please don’t perpetuate the errors that this program made.

  2. Andrew Dodd

    We stand by the accuracy of this report. While the SBS Ombudsman did have issues with the Dateline story, that fact has no bearing on this Crikey report. It is true that Tasmania Hydro supplied consultants to Sarawak Energy and is therefore assisting in the construction of these dams. To suggest otherwise is ridiculous. We have taken care to report the issue accurately and fairly. Your attempt to discredit it Mr Sheehan does you little credit.

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