Higher Ground


With the Bengoh Dam completed and the inundation of the Sarawak Kiri River looming, the Bidayuh of Upper Bengoh faced the decision to either leave their homelands or stay.

As much of Upper Bengoh is comprised of the Bidayuh’s native customary land they chose to stay.  In doing so they took on the Sarawak Government, the single most powerful institution in East Malaysia complicit in the forced removal of tens of thousands of indigenous peoples from their customary lands on the island of Borneo.

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  1. Hi, I’m part of the Bar Council Committee on Orang Asli Rights based in Peninsular Malaysia. I would like to have some of the videos posted on your website as we do fact-finding work concerning the indigenous peoples. Your videos would be helpful in understanding the issues faced by the indigenous communities in Sarawak.

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