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And his arrogant and incautious remarks, which disparage the native way of life of many of Sarawak's indigenous tribes, have brought gasps of amazement and outrage.
Among a series of slurs, he says on behalf of SEB:
"We don't want to be jungle warriors, poachers and simple people. We are blessed to have inputs from experts, from Hydro Tasmania and Norway for example…. there is a need to have all these dams that we planned for, in the interest of Sarawakians and Malaysians as well"The former Senator also takes a swipe at the Swiss environmentalist Bruno Manser, who studied and befriended the jungle-dwelling Penan people, before he angered Taib by criticising the wholescale logging of Sarawak and subsequently went missing in 2001.
Buang mocks Manser for acting like "Tarzan" by living with the Penan:
"We don't want to be as romantic as Bruno Manser. He is going the other way around. We don't want to be Tarzan…. these are just fairy tales, these are stories good to read, not good to live…We have a moral and legal right (responsibility) to emplace them [the Penan] in better positions"Clueless
"We want to move ahead to take the challenge from the modern society of the world.. and there is another option, do nothing, train our children the law of the jungle, survival of the fittest, go backwards and become cavemen".
The most striking aspect of the interview, during which Buang frequently contradicted himself, was that the SEB spokesman, who was so confident about what the right solutions were for other people, seemed to have almost no grasp at all about the actual plans and arguments in favour of SCORE.
The Board Member of SEB was forced to turn during the interview to advisors from the company Hydro Tasmania to find out when the construction is due to begin on the proposed Baram Dam, which will flood tens of thousands of people from their homes. The answer they gave was 2014. To which Buang commented:
"As it is, it has to go on. As I said the need to have all these dams that we planned for, overrides any other thing, you know, in the interest of the greater good of Sarawakians:.By this he made clear there is no choice facing native people threatened by the dams, yet throughout the interview he gave no clear explanations as to why the dams were necessary or what the provisions for consultation and resettlement might be.
Who could trust such woolly bluster from a man who clearly knows little of what he speaks?
SEB are playing with the lives of thousands of people and the destruction of the environment of Sarawak and yet they put up a spokesman who, when asked why the people of Bakun have not received their compensation a decade late, remarks: