THE Semai Orang Asli of Ulu Geruntum, Gopeng, are angry Perak has failed to scrap a mini-hydroelectric dam project, which encroaches on their ancestral land.
The tribe was hoping Pakatan Harapan would reverse the decision of its Barisan Nasional predecessor to build the hydro dam in the lush jungles where they have been living for decades.
Despite calls to stop the project from the tribe, activists and other civil society groups, the state government gave the green light for the project to resume last year.
The Semai have been fighting to scrap the project since 2012 because they fear it will destroy the local ecosystem and their livelihood. – February 4, 2020.