ALERT: THIS STORY WAS THE SUBJECT OF A FORMAL COMPLAINT. THE SBS OMBUDSMAN FOUND IT CONTAINED INACCURACIES AND BIAS. THE STORY HAS NOW BEEN MODIFIED TO ADDRESS THE OMBUDSMAN'S FINDINGS.
Thousands of people in the wilderness of Malaysian Borneo are set to lose their homes, as a controversial plan to build a string of huge hydro dams gets under way.
In the state of Sarawak, the Bakun Dam has already flooded an area the size of Singapore, displacing indigenous communities, some of whom say they've never received the full compensation they were promised.
David O'Shea has a special investigation, looking at the relationship between the energy company behind the project and Hydro Tasmania's contract to work on it.
David also examines links between the logging industry in Sarawak and Tasmania.
In Sarawak, some communities say they've been intimidated and threatened in an attempt to force them off their land.
And could Australia's wilderness also be under threat? Forestry Tasmania has a 20 year contract to supply the same logging company David is investigating in Malaysia.
David meets the campaigners in Borneo and Tasmania, and hears the companies involved deny any wrongdoing.
David's investigation is in two parts:
- Part One: The Damned looks at the hydro dam project.
- Part Two: Logged Out? reports on the logging controversy.
- Related Links
Watch Part One: The Damned
Watch Part Two: Logged Out?
On 4th September 2012, Dateline issued the following clarification regarding this story:
Two weeks ago, Dateline broadcast a story on the construction of hydro-electric dams in the Malaysian state of Sarawak.
Dateline accepts the report overplayed the role of Hydro Tasmania in the dam building projects.
The same program contained a story on the company Ta Ann Tasmania.
The story quoted the company's executive director, Evan Rolley, as saying that 'Forestry Tasmania doesn't have enough plantation and regrowth timber to fulfil the Ta Ann contract'.
In fact, in his interview, Mr Rolley only referred to plantation timber.
Dateline also used the term 'logging' to describe Ta Ann Tasmania's activities. The company is not a logger, but a timber manufacturer.
Dateline apologises to Hydro Tasmania and to Ta Ann Tasmania for these inaccuracies.
Read the formal complaints from Hydro Tasmania and Ta Ann Tasmania, along with the responses from the SBS Ombudsman, by following the links below...
Hydro Tasmania complaint
SBS Ombudsman response
Ta Ann Tasmania complaint
SBS Ombudsman response
- Bakun Dam
- Sarawak Government
- Sarawak Energy Board
- Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy
- Hydro Tasmania
- Sarawak Report
- Radio Free Sarawak
- Tasmanian Greens
- Save Rivers
- Ta Ann Group
- Ta Ann Tasmania
- Forestry Tasmania
- Huon Valley Environment Centre, Tasmania
- Baru Bian (Sarawak Opposition Politician)
- Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission