Orang asli group out to block TNB’s dam – again

Source: The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: An orang asli group has hauled Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) to court to stop construction of a dam at their village, after blocking a similar dam project in the same location.

The ongoing legal saga between Jeffrey Hassan and 10 other villagers against the national electricity company was over the construction of Telom Hydroelectric Dam that was approved in 2013.

In the court documents sighted by The Star, the villagers claimed the dam would be constructed over ancestral land, located at Kampung Pos Lanai, Kuala Lipis in Pahang.

The 1,500 Semai-tribe orang asli who lived there depended on the land for drinking water, farming and fishing.

In 2012, they were moved to a new village by the Department of Orang Asli Development (JKOA), on the assumption they would still have rights to the land.

In 2013, TNB informed them about the dam project and told the villagers they would not be able to return to the land.

This prompted the villagers to file a suit in 2015, where they claimed they were moved under fraudulent circumstances. Read more