Hornbill Unleashed

September 8, 2009

Report on Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Penan Girls and Women… Finally released !

Women, Family and Community Task Force Investigation Report

on Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Penan Girls and Women in Sarawak

Penan ReportPenan Task Force Report in PDF Format

We thank Keadilan Wanita Chief YB Hajjah Zuraidah Kamaruddin and her good team that demonstrated outside Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat’s office today and obtained a copy of this report, and made it available for our readers.

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  1. It’s sad to hear the respond of our Sarawak police Head on this issue. They need detail? What kind of answer is this from the Head agency? Didn’t it suppose to be the agency responsiblity to get all the information and detail. Wake-up fellow, it’s time to go to work so the tax payer money you earn worth it. Shame to you

    Comment by Mama — September 11, 2009 @ 7:52 AM | Reply

  2. Memang betul Barisan National or Barisan Pencuri Hak Rakyat sah sekarang. Time for CHANGE people of Fairland Sarawak.

    Comment by Rabu — September 11, 2009 @ 7:38 AM | Reply

  3. […] Addressing the issue A copy of the report was released to PKR women’s chief Zuraida Kamaruddin by the ministry on Tuesday and subsequently made available on the Sarawak-based blog Hornbill Unleashed. […]

    Pingback by The rape of young Penan girls: Cops want more info | Zulhaidah.com - Parti KEADILAN Rakyat - [P218] Sibuti - [P219] Miri - Sarawak — September 11, 2009 @ 5:25 AM | Reply

  4. […] society has been clamouring for justice for nearly a year. As a result, the Ministry released its National Taskforce report to PKR Women’s Chief Zuraida Kamaruddin this […]

    Pingback by The rape of the Penan, and other shameful crimes « Hornbill Unleashed — September 11, 2009 @ 12:44 AM | Reply

  5. Dear people,

    Just what kind of human are we? Whatever it is having sex with 10 year olds and 12 year olds are RAPES. And we are still arguing about it. A Rape is a Rape. What action are taking? If these happens to your family members, what will you do? And the police say, they don’t have enough info to take action. Oh my GOD. Do the police know that the existence of Penans!!! I just feel like throwing up with the happening to our fellow Penans, Ibans,Kayans, Kenyahs, Beketans and others in remote areas. Please, someone do something!!!!

    Comment by Lawrence — September 11, 2009 @ 12:39 AM | Reply

  6. sebelum kita tuduh melulu, kita kena faham budaya masyarakat Penan ni. Bekas rakan2 sekerja saya dulu selalu ke kampung2 dan berurusan dgn mereka dan saya sendiri pernah 2, 3 kali mengikuti rombongan kerja mereka. Dalam budaya Penan, amat jarang berlakunya rogol kerana hubungan seks dibuat atas suka sama suka tidak kira berapa pun umur. Jadi, tidak hairan budak2 umur 10 tahun pun dah buat seks, asalkan mereka sudah akil baligh dan suka dgn pasangannya. Apa yg diberitahu oleh rakan berpengalaman lain, Penan tidak mempunyai budaya sosial seperti kita. Bagi mereka, jika sudah ‘bersama’ dikira sudah kahwin (ada juga kampung Penan lain yg amalkan adat kahwin yg proper bertukar hantaran dsb).

    Masalah timbul bila ada lelaki jenis ‘touch and go’. Bg Penan, lelaki yg telah membuntingkan anak perempuan mereka mesti bertanggungjawab. Lelaki Penan biasanya akan memikul t/jwb tu tp tidak kaum lain. Bila anak2 perempuan mereka ditinggalkan begitu sj, mereka jadi marah. Sebab itu timbul dakwaan rogol dan sebagainya. Mereka cuma mahukan wanita2 ‘ibu tunggal’ ni diberi perhatian oleh ‘suami-suami’ yg meninggalkan mereka mcm tu sj.

    Golongan Penan dan kaum2 lain yg ketinggalan amat perlu diberi pembelaan oleh kerajaan. Amat menyedihkan bila mereka bukan sj ‘diancam’ pembalak tp juga pendatang2 dr Kalimantan. Sy harap isu ini menjadi ‘pembuka’ utk kerajaan mengkaji kaum2 minoriti di Sarawak dan Sabah dan seterusnya memajukan mereka. Kalau orang asli di semenanjung kita tgk daif dan ketinggalan, kaum Penan lebih lagi daif dan ketinggalan. Orang asli ramai juga yg berjaya dan hidup senang, tp bilangan Penan yg masuk universiti boleh dibilang dgn jari.

    Comment by Fara — September 10, 2009 @ 8:08 PM | Reply

    • Dear Fara,

      I assume you are an urban young man/woman, indoctrinated by the BN propaganda machinery particularly the controlled media, to assume your shallow understanding of the Penan fellow beings.

      If we have only been to the Penan community 2 or 3 times (please, it is not 17 or 18 visits, that you may not remember the exact number. When you can’t even say whether it was 2 or 3 times, I am sorry that I have to conclude that you have never been in a Penan community before).

      Even assuming you were there 2 or 3 times, did you stay with them to learn and understand their culture, way of life and customary practice? As a human being, i feel offended when you sound as if the Penans are lesser than others, much due to your own ignorance and deficiency.

      No 10-years’ old girl, whatever cultural background, would understand and has sexual intercourse with others freely. That is the reason why we legislated and made it statutory rape if one has sex with a girl below 16.

      Comment by James K — September 10, 2009 @ 11:23 PM | Reply

    • Dear Fara,

      I really don’t understand with a visit of 2,3 times as a “rombongan” how can you truly understand their culture ? As James mentioned, you can’t even recall if it’s 2 or 3 times, or is it a typo mistake…. it’s actually 23 times ? I can’t believe how you look into the plight of these people where we supposed to be 1 big family called MALAYSIAN. Even non-malaysian feels their pain.

      Lesson for you, no matter what culture they are and what kind of acts is allowed within the culture, but being RAPE and taken advantages by those loggers (or anyone) are NO WAY ACCEPTABLE in any society. Comon …. they’re just a kid !!!! What’s your point by putting your view on their culture behaviour and does that mean it’s slightly justifiable for anyone to take advantage of their situation ? UNBELIEVABLE …..


      Comment by Anne — September 11, 2009 @ 10:59 AM | Reply

    • Dear Fara,

      I won’t repeat again what other people already said on my behalf. Just want to ask you to think and put yourself into the victims’ and their families’ situation. ASK yourself this:

      If your daughter got raped, no matter how old they are, how would you feel? If you got raped, how do you feel?

      Comment by Ave — September 19, 2009 @ 11:04 AM | Reply

  7. Finally the report is out and police can’t act further due to no details provided as reported in Star online (10/9/9). So, what’s next …. is the police going to sit still and figure out what’s the next appropriate/stupid excuse to give ? Just UNBELIVEABLE …… this is really a BOLEHLAND

    I’m impressed that the ministry able to go to such a length to produce the report…. BUT WHAT TOOK IT SO LONG to produce the report ? According to the report, it started with the investigation due to cases reported and public pressure (gesaan awam) in sept/Oct 2008. If 8th Sept 2009 is the official release date (that requires people to demonstrate in order to obtain it)….. what …. it took almost 1 year. Further, this is with the pressure from international organisation & local good people (that seek for justice since dunno when. Should it be treated with some kind of urgency when there’s human life at risk ? I’m speechless….

    Reading it just breaking my heart further.

    Comment by Anne — September 10, 2009 @ 7:19 PM | Reply

  8. My heart goes out to the penan ladies that had suffered. I hope there will be better help and security provided from now on for all who needs them.

    To the authority, there is only anger and fustration from me as you had not done enough and protect those who had chosen you. I hope you had learned your lesson and this kind of things won’t be taken lightly again.

    To the police, when you say you don’t have the resources, I don’t think there is no way you can get help. You are here to protect and serve. I am sure there are plenty of ways you can obtain resources when needed. Turn to the authority and I am sure they can help.

    To the people who exposed the crime and suffering of the penan ladies, I deeply appreciate your work and salute you for the courage to do so.

    To the rest, we need change and help those who are over looked. We should always look out for one another.

    I am a Sarawakian but grew up in the city and working in one now. It is a shame to have such indident to happen but it did. I hope from now on the authority won’t take everything for granted. Serve the people who had put you there!

    Comment by Winston — September 10, 2009 @ 5:40 PM | Reply

  9. The BN ministers and YB are always in favor of robbers, thieves and rapist, not the rakyat who voted them into office. Don’t vote for the BN again.

    Comment by batulawi — September 10, 2009 @ 11:10 AM | Reply

  10. yet, the sarawakian still voting BN…
    remember the Swedish guy who lost in the jungle of sarawak?
    he used to lived with the Penans and bring the issue to international attention…
    maybe his missing associated with the logging company…
    who knows? they got the power and money after all…

    Comment by pendetaKUdeta — September 9, 2009 @ 9:48 PM | Reply

  11. Thank you PKR Wanita & Women NGOs for at least the 1st leg of the hard work.

    This kind of animal behaviour must not be tolerated, in interior Sarawak or any where else. Continuous pressure must be exerted on the politicians, police to stop such crimes towards humanity.

    Comment by Akuiban — September 9, 2009 @ 9:36 PM | Reply

  12. why no police report or action?
    Why no action from Government?
    They only way we “RAKYAT” can help them is to change BN and demand new government to help and to investigate and take action on those wrongdoing Fxxxer

    Comment by Siow — September 9, 2009 @ 6:53 PM | Reply

  13. Penan told of such rape before – refer to “Not Development but Theft” that can be downloaded here in HU at https://hornbillunleashed.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/not-development-but-theft.pdf

    Will it be “forgotten” again until the next exposure by NGO and media?

    No Way!!!

    Comment by Apang — September 9, 2009 @ 4:31 PM | Reply

  14. Practically a sanctioned modern day “rape and pillage” … on our very own shores, disgraceful!

    Comment by Bornean Clouded Leopard — September 9, 2009 @ 4:10 PM | Reply

  15. But didn’t Jabu, Masing, George Chan denied all these. They said the Penans were instigated by outsiders to lie. The timber companies are the worst. After stealing everything from the Penans, they tell a pack of lies even when the truth faces them. I hope these timber tycoons and their political cronies burn in hell.

    Comment by Bigfoot — September 9, 2009 @ 2:20 PM | Reply

  16. Time to say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.



    GULITY OF ………






    Comment by BRaja — September 9, 2009 @ 10:28 AM | Reply

    • BRaja, I second what you say. Let’s all East Malaysians work harder to share such news to our rural brothers so that they will also arise and vote out these corrupt and whats-in-it-for-me politicians.

      Comment by Lynn — September 12, 2009 @ 6:51 PM | Reply

  17. Hairan! mengapa kerajaan tidak mengambil apa-apa tindakan!!!Ini semua kerana RASUAH pemerintah BN. Hei BN! tolong sedar diri supaya masyarakat Penan dapat dibela. Duit rasuah yang kamu dapat tidak boleh dibawa mati dan tidak akan menguntungkan anak cucu kamu!!!

    Comment by oselyne — September 9, 2009 @ 7:56 AM | Reply

  18. Please go to Global Voices Online to read the report entitled “Malaysia: Plight of the Penans” published sometime in Oct 2008. You will have a good idea of how the Penans are exploited and their girls and womenfolk sexually abused and raped by outsiders and the complicity and couldnt care less attitude of the authorities in dealing with the Penans’plight.You too would then understand why the Penans are facing starvation right now and the authorities are not helping in relief work except for the Catholic Church and volunteers. This is a crying shame for all Malaysians.

    Comment by swipenter — September 9, 2009 @ 7:17 AM | Reply

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  20. It is payback time to punish these ‘rapists’ & sexual perverts preying on the Penans girls & women.

    The Authorities denial is just to cover up on their lack of justice & uprightness which is corrupted to the core.

    Don’t just profess to be believing in Allah, Walk The Talk & Not Just Talk The Walk.

    Comment by Caretaker_y — September 8, 2009 @ 9:41 PM | Reply

  21. My salute and thanks to PKR wanita and all the Women Ngos for their strenous efforts in calling for the release of the Taskforce Report.

    One cannot even imagine how the girls and women fleeing for their safety everyday! They are HUNTED FOR SEX by the timber loggers !!!

    Its horrible !

    What has Tiab, Jabu and George Chan has to say now ?

    Comment by Jasmine sarawak — September 8, 2009 @ 9:29 PM | Reply

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