Stop the "Bakun Islands National Park" land grab
  • Petitioned Abdul Taib Mahmud

This petition was delivered to:

Chief Minister and Minister of Resource Planning & Environment Sarawak, Malaysia
Abdul Taib Mahmud

Stop the "Bakun Islands National Park" land grab

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      The Borneo Project

Over 10,000 people were displaced by the Bakun Dam, a massive dam that submerged 700 square kilometers of rich tropical forests and traditional farm land in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. Over 500 people continued to live in the flooded area, staying on 18 islands that were once the hill tops of their traditionally owned land. Now the Chief Minister, Abdul Taib Mahmud, wants to extinguish their land rights too.

Taib recently announced the formation of "Bakun Islands National Park", which would encompass all the highlands currently inhabited by the remaining indigenous people from the region. The government announcement about the park stated “no claim to any rights or privileges in or over the area intended ... shall be entertained". In other words, all indigenous land rights claims in the designated National Park area will be deemed null and void.

The indigenous people were neither consulted, nor informed, about the plans to gazette this national park. The notice was only posted in the newspaper, which -- as the government knows -- isn't accessible in these remote regions.

The people of Bakun have faced enough! It's time to demand that the Sarawak government stop this injustice and ensure that the people of the Bakun area -- National Park or no National Park -- have rights to their land.

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    • Gaby Douglas MIRI, MALAYSIA
      • 11 months ago

      People on the picture need this land to survive. You government of Sarawak cut all the trees, robbed thousand hectares of land and now disputed you own people. If you cannot have peace in town, why not come and visit this beautiful forest and enjoy the abundantly nature. Peace to Sarawak and don't follow West Malaysia.

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    • Jelanie Wilbert SARAWAK, MALAYSIA
      • 11 months ago

      Because it can help the tribes that lived in the area from further affected and afflicted.

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    • Kahyoke Chew PUCHONG, MALAYSIA
      • about 1 year ago

      Indigenous people n flora fauna are precious treasure to mother earth.

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    • xiao feng huang KUCHING, MALAYSIA
      • about 1 year ago

      I feel their pain,the pain of own land being taken away.

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    • Alyssa Chin MIRI, MALAYSIA
      • about 1 year ago

      The people of Belaga has been losing their land, it would hurt if they lost their pemakai menua as well!

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