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Maritime Terminal of Teluk Rubiah of Vale, Malaysia

Local movements raised against environmental disruption due to a iron ore processing facility, which covers a vast area of Protected Natural Reserve.


In 2011, the subsidiary of Vale S.A. in Malaysia began the construction of the Maritime Terminal of Teluk Rubiah. TRMT is strategically located along the Straits of Malacca, one of the world’s busiest shipping channels, covering a 450-acre area (around 182 ha) of original Forest Reserve. According to the company's website, "The investment of US$ 1.37 billion has been concluded and the centre now serves as a gateway connecting our core mines in Brazil to the consumer markets in Asia. Officially known as the Teluk Rubiah Maritime Terminal (TRMT), the facility reduces the lead time to our clients in Asia by around 25 days." [1]

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Maritime Terminal of Teluk Rubiah of Vale, Malaysia
State or province:Perak State, Manjung Reserve
Location of conflict:Teluk Rubiah
Accuracy of locationMEDIUM (Regional level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Infrastructure and Built Environment
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Wetlands and coastal zone management
Ports and airport projects
Mineral processing
Pollution related to transport (spills, dust, emissions)
Specific commodities:Iron ore
Chemical products
Project Details and Actors
Project details

The facility is comprised of a deep water wharf and a stockyard with a static capacity of 3.2 million tons of iron ore where different types of iron ore can be customized to the needs of regional steelmakers.

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Project area:182
Level of Investment for the conflictive project1,037,000,000.00 [1]
Type of populationSemi-urban
Start of the conflict:01/04/2013
Company names or state enterprises:Vale Malaysia from Brazil - Main Investor and Promoter of the project
Vale (Vale) from Brazil
Relevant government actors:Government of Malaysia, Department of Environment
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:- "Say No to Vale" Campaign:
- Selamatkan Teluk Rubiah Manjung (Save Teluk Rubiah Manjung):
- Selamatkan Pantai Warisan Teluk Muroh (Save Teluk Muroh):
-Local NGO (For environmental justice and global sustainability) Persatuan Sahabat Alam- KUASA:
-Malaysian Human Rights Commission
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stageIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups mobilizing:Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Local ejos
Social movements
Local scientists/professionals
Fisher people
Forms of mobilization:Blockades
Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Development of a network/collective action
Involvement of national and international NGOs
Media based activism/alternative media
Objections to the EIA
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Noise pollution, Soil contamination, Soil erosion, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Mine tailing spills
Potential: Air pollution, Desertification/Drought, Fires, Floods (river, coastal, mudflow), Food insecurity (crop damage), Genetic contamination, Global warming, Waste overflow, Oil spills, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity, Other Environmental impacts
Health ImpactsVisible: Occupational disease and accidents
Potential: Other environmental related diseases, Accidents, Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…), Malnutrition, Mental problems including stress, depression and suicide, Violence related health impacts (homicides, rape, etc..), Health problems related to alcoholism, prostitution, Infectious diseases, Deaths, Other Health impacts
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Displacement, Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Violations of human rights, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place, Other socio-economic impacts
Potential: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Increase in violence and crime, Militarization and increased police presence, Social problems (alcoholism, prostitution, etc..), Specific impacts on women
Project StatusIn operation
Conflict outcome / response:Migration/displacement
Strengthening of participation
Application of existing regulations
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain:The mobilizations did not have any concrete impact on stopping or blocking the realization of the Terminal, nor of the iron ore processing facility. Therefore, local NGOs are still involved in events and campaigns for environmental justice related to the importance of local flora and fauna protection.
Sources & Materials

[1] Vale Malaysia - Teluk Rubiah Maritime Terminal
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Newspaper article: "Sukaham to look into the reclamation project in Teluk Muroh"
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Local Blog Pulau Pankor: "Teluk Rubiah: a lost reserve"
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Newspaper article "Royal link in Iron Ore Plant"
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Newspaper article: "Teluk Rubiah: a forest worth preserving"
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Newspaper article: "Teluk Rubiah: Vale of tears for the Malaysia project"
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

Facebook Page "Selamatkan Pantai Warisan Teluk Muroh" (Save Teluk Muroh)
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AVAAZ Community Petition: Save Malaysia's sea turtles, compromised by the environmental sea pollution caused by the nearby activities of Vale Coorporation.
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Facebook Page of a local environmental organization acting in the protection of the sea livelihood, at the moment seriously at risk: Selamatkan Penyu & Hutan Bukit Pantai Segari.
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Facebook page of the local NGO KUASA Persatuan Aktivis Sahabat Alam, supporting the Say No to Vale Campaign
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Facebook Page "Selamatkan Teluk Rubiah Manjung" (Save Teluk Rubiah)
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Facebook page "Say No To Vale" campaing
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Contributor:Alexandra D'Angelo ([email protected])
Last update18/08/2019
Conflict ID:4129
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