FLOWED OVER: The Babagon Dam and the Resettlement of the Kadazandusun in Sabah
Carol Yong Ooi Lin
217 + xviii pages, 49 plates; 3 maps; 18 tables.
6in x 9in; softcover; 340g
Published September 2003
Setting the Damscape
History and Socio-Economic Characteristics Of Study Area
Resettlement of Kampung Tampasak: The Villagers' Experience
Gender Analysis of the Resettlement of Kampung Tampasak
This book discusses the various changes in the lives of the Kadazandusun indigenous community of Kampung Tampasak in Penampang, Sabah, due to the construction of the Babagon Dam which resulted in their resettlement. The changes take many forms - social, economical, psychological and cultural - but none is so significant as the loss of their ancestral lands and natural resources.
The book argues that the burden of change is often far greater for women and that they have even less access to the benefits of 'development' than do men. This is because women are faced with prevalent gender inequalities in the family, community and society, in some form or other, which often affect their status and opportunities. Hence the call for greater attention to be given to women's needs to enable them to cope with the changes brought about by resettlement.
This work represents a revised thesis submitted to the University of Malaya for a M.Phil degree. Carol recently completed her doctoral fieldwork among two dam-affected Orang Asli communities and is now writing up her thesis at IDS Sussex.