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KUCHING: The affected communities in Murum stand to receive over RM600,000 per family in longhouse and infrastructure facilities as well as compensation upon being resettled.
Refuting claims that the villagers were only offered RM16,000 per family in compensation, Sarawak Energy Bhd said the Murum Resettlement Plan included 15
hectares of land per household
on the basis of one hectare per household for community purposes and 14 hectares for agriculture, access to wildlife and forest produce in a total area of up to 20,000 hectares, free housing comprising one longhouse “bilik” (unit) of 1,300 sq ft per family, a garden
plot per family, clean and stable water supply, electricity supply with subsidised monthly allocation of RM40 per family, free Astro NJOI package per longhouse, integrated community halls with chapel and kindergarten, school and medical assistance.
The resettlement plan also includes RM15,000 ex-gratia cash payment upon relocation, temporary income support valued at RM850 a month from the time
they move to the new resettlement village and livelihood restoration programmes through sustainable agriculture programmes up to
“For the longhouse and infrastructure facilities alone, the cost involved is RM213.3mil and this translates to more than RM600,000 per household.
“This is not inclusive of other amenities, facilities and benefits such as water supply, the ex-gratia payment, moving grant and ritual ceremony costs, temporary sup-port for the first year worth
RM850 a month and agriculture projects,” SEB said in a statement yesterday.
It was responding to allegations by the Borneo Resources Institute that the remaining Penan villagers in the Murum valley had rejected an offer of RM16,000 in compensation per family and refused to relocate to the Metalun Resettlement Scheme.
SEB expressed dismay that NGOs were instigating the people to remain at the Murum dam site in order to pressure the government with their additional demands of RM500,000 cash compensation.
“The NGOs’ motive is clear. They are trying to turn the scenario negative so it will look bad on SEB and the government,” it said.
It added that it had made continuous engagement with the affected communities, with the most recent meeting on Oct 16 chaired by the Kapit Resident and attended by representatives from the Murum Penan Development Committee (MPDC) and community leaders from Long Wat, Long Malim Penan, Long Malim Kenyah, Long Luar, Long Tangau, Long Menapa and Long Singu.
“In the meeting, the representatives expressed their appreciation to the government for the facilities provided at the new resettlement area, such as free housing, electricity and water supply and land.
“The only issue that they wanted to negotiate further was the cash compensation.
“Through meetings and discussions with the affected communities, much has progressed, including local participation in projects related to the dam such as biomass removal and reservoir maintenance.
“SEB is also working closely with MPDC to facilitate the needs of the resettled communities, such as providing transportation for children to attend school and continuing with initiatives like the literacy programme,” it said.
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