A tribal group in the Malaysian state of Sarawak has lost a decade-long struggle to assert that a massive government land seizure violated its rights. The tribe had tried to overturn a decision which opened the way for the notorious Bakun dam project in the 1990s.
In May this year, China’s biggest aluminium producer, Chinalco, was reported to have sealed a deal with a Malaysian tycoon to secure access to Bakun’s hydropower.
Four years earlier, Rio Tinto also signed a similar agreement. Chinalco is the biggest single shareholder in Rio Tinto.
See http://www.minesandcommunities.org/11183.