Published: Saturday October 27, 2012 MYT 5:25:00 PM
Updated: Saturday October 27, 2012 MYT 10:12:48 PM
Penans dismantle blockade of access road to Murum Dam site
SIBU: The Penans have dismantled their blockade of the access road leading to the construction site of the Murum Dam at Murum in the Belaga district.
Belaga state assemblyman Liwan Lagang, who was appointed to mediate between the Penans and the state government, disclosed this on Saturday, at the Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) Supreme Council meeting here.
Later, when speaking to reporters, party president Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing said the government had agreed to seriously look into the Penan request involving land and compensation issues.
"We must understand the Penans are a very reasonable group of people. Again, just because they are Penans, they are being closely watched by the international community.
"So, the government must handle this matter seriously and we must look after their socio-economic standing, said the state land development minister.
On Sept 26, between 200 and 300 Penans, together with some Kenyah Badeng from eight settlements - directly or indirectly affected by the dam - took part in the blockade at Sungai Seping, the entrance to the RM3-bil Murum Dam construction site. - Bernama
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