Hornbill Unleashed

November 13, 2009

Another BN clown joins the Jabu circus

By Zhang ML

Hassan SuiHasan Sui (photo right) was a member of the Task Force set up by the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, which concluded categorically that the allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation of Penan women in Baram are true.

In fact, he was roped in by the state government to the Task Force as a representative of the Penan. As such he was supposed to represent the challenges and interests of his “own people”, the Penan, in the task force. He was meant to participate in the work of the Task Force, originally set up to investigate the allegations and to make recommendations for protection of the girls and women.

However his statements made in the Borneo Post on November 7 make for nauseating reading. It would appear he has tried to undermine the credibility and importance of the findings of the ministerial Task Force.

He said “recent allegations of sexual abuse of Penan women and girls in Baram were obvious examples of how outsiders had once again meddled in the affairs of the ethnic group”.

He then said “the alleged sexual abuse in Baram could not be solved until the victims themselves have lodged their police reports without going through a third party.”

Hasan said: “I was one of the committee members responsible for investigating the cases. Police reports were made by a third party at Bukit Aman, Kuala Lumpur, not by the victims at Marudi and Baram police stations although the incidents happened in Baram.

“This shows that many outsiders have been meddling in Penan affairs, but the cases won’t be solved without the victims lodging their own police reports,” he said, adding that the issue had become a media sensation worldwide.

Task Force documented victims’ own reports

Penan IRHis statement reported by the media is obviously false. His claim that the girls or women never lodged the report themselves and that the report was by a “third party”, is nonsense. Anyone can see the girls made the report themselves in the Task Force document, which has now been made public and is easily available over the internet.

His statements clearly smack of reluctance; he was a member of the fact-finding mission who seems like a reluctant member of the Task Force and refuses to face the facts!

Recently, the Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, Shahrizat Abdul Jalil herself announced that the Task Force will continue to monitor and oversee the implementation of measures that have been recommended pertaining to the development of the Penan.

I just wonder what Hasan Sui, this reluctant and self-contradicting member of the Task Force, has to contribute from now on. It would no longer be fitting for him to be a member; in fact, it would be offensively audacious for him to want to continue to be a member of the said Task Force, to claim to represent the interests of the Penan. It would be ridiculous indeed for him to make proposals and suggestions in respect of the Penan.

Nowhere does it appear in the Borneo Post that this “Penan representative” has the slightest appreciation of the challenges and struggles of the two Penan women, “Bibi” and “Cindy”, who lodged their rape reports in KL. They had an especially harrowing time because they are from the interior, from a remote part of Sarawak.

Lack of respect for the Penan

For those of us who have been following the story from the first time the allegations first surfaced in the Star last October, this latest statement by Hasan Sui is foul. It is an especially ugly statement coming from a person who professes to represent Penan interests. There is no acknowledgement that the abuse is happening. Instead, he shows the Penan no respect and implies that “his own people” are easily influenced by outsiders, and have no mind of their own!

He makes this statement simply because the two rape survivors had been able to travel to the capital, and this could only have happened because of “interference” of a third party! He has no appreciation of the fact that one of the girls was a minor at the time she was raped, and had delivered a baby as a result of the rape.

Worse still, he tried clumsily to undermine the reports of the two Penan women as being under the influence of some sinister “outsider”, while ignoring the trauma of the girls themselves.

Hasan said, “It was rather strange that the victim did not report the incident to the nearest police station in Marudi. Until now, I still can’t fully understand why that was so. The girl could have reported the rape in Marudi and not in far-away Kuala Lumpur.”

Does it matter where the victim lodged her report? Hasan Sui’s comment again cements the usual attitude of members of the public in general, that it is the rape survivor’s behaviour that gets scrutinized and questioned. He is in fact questioning the credibility of the rape report! This reminds me of how a defence lawyer in a rape charge would question the credibility of the complainant, if she (or he) had lodged her report some time after the rape.

penan rape case 2One of the myths of rape is that if the victims are truthful, they would report the crime immediately. Therefore, late reporting of a sexual crime means that this is often interpreted as meaning it is not a genuine report.

Research shows that there are number of reasons why a woman (or man) might not report the crime, or might delay reporting it. These include:

• Fear of embarrassment or humiliation, and stigma attached to being a victim of a sexual crime, where the worth of the individual becomes devalued even when she is innocent;

• Fear that they will be blamed for the crime, by families, friends, the police, the medical officers and/or anyone else to whom they make the report, or have to suffer the consequences of making a report;

• The situation where victims blame themselves (previous research shows how common this is, even where they clearly have no reason whatsoever to do so);

• Uncertainty and fear regarding what will happen if they make a report;

• Fear of publicity and the trial process;

• Fear of retaliation by the rapist or friends/family of the rapist;

• Pressure from the family not to report, to ‘safeguard’ the family’s name;

• Pressure where the victim has an existing close relationship with the accused (e.g. relative, boyfriend or date); and

• Lack of knowledge or understanding that a crime has been committed.

Furthermore, even the Inspector-General of Police has recognised that the rural poor in Baram have little trust in the local police in Marudi. The local police are seen to be siding with logging companies and their hired thugs, against the local communities.

This sole “Penan representative” in the Ministry’s Task Force has failed to show that he even comes close to understanding the challenges that women face in lodging reports of sexual crime, let alone these indigenous women from remote rural communities.

We can only hope Hasan Sui knows what to do now.


  1. Just to let those who think that Datuk Hasan sui is a muslim. You are suck!!!! Datuk Hasan is a christian (catolic)
    so he no need to learn the what ever you said (alif ba ta) jawi. You can read this word for yourself or let your grandma teach you. I believe, you yourself don’t read this att to (falcon) and aslo he can eat what ever he want!!! Just shut up!! cos he did not ask you to pay anyway!!

    Comment by wilson — February 8, 2010 @ 2:42 PM | Reply

    • “Hassan is a converted Muslim, and his wife is Malay. I am surprised that he is vehement against such claims considering most of his numerous children are young women themselves. He is another example of those privileged with CM’s ill-begotten wealth, to close one eye in order to keep their hands outstretched for more money. Nobody but dunces for brains take BP and Eastern Times seriously anyway.

      Comment by hornbill — November 17, 2009 @ 8:45 AM | Reply

      Helo Mr Wilson, how can he be a catholic if he married to a muslim??? Does sarawak law permits that…
      Hundreds of hectares of land, machineries, ninja king…. where the money come from??

      Everyone knows who is Hassan Sui and what is his character….. so I guess Mr Wilson is the dumb head guy who believe in Hassan Sui….. what? your father in law ka?

      Did this guy visited the Penan in Ulu Akah lately or ever been there?

      Comment by Kick A.. H.. — May 15, 2010 @ 4:41 PM | Reply

      • Hi Mr Kick, just because his name HASAN SUI that does not mean his a muslim. Do you know him very well yourself?? I guess not. You just a dumd ,stupidfull that mentally damaged!!! I’m not trying to defence him or what so ever! all coming from a hard work and he deserved it. What wrong with buying ninja king, all those money came from his hard work. yes!! you were right! he is my father in law!! That why i know him better then you do. So stop talking all the crap!!

        Comment by boon wilson — January 14, 2011 @ 12:08 AM | Reply

  2. For those who comment negatif about Datuk Hasan Sui. You people only know how to talk rubbish and don’t really understand the fact that you guys are the worst then evil outside there. What wrong with your comment,did you ever
    ask your mother did she ever accidentlly drop you while you still a baby on the hard tile till you grow up right now
    you have the mentally disturb or brain damaged!!!!!! think about it and ask yourself do you really knew this man from head to tail or you just judge him from what you see!! Before you all come out with any statement, pls find out the truth story with the strong motif.

    Comment by wilson — February 8, 2010 @ 2:33 PM | Reply

  3. Hassan Sui… suruh baca alif ba ta pun tak reti….huh… converted muslim

    selalu jak nampak kat kedai cina makan “char sui kolo mee”

    Comment by falcon — December 3, 2009 @ 4:27 PM | Reply

  4. Hassan is a converted Muslim, and his wife is Malay. I am surprised that he is vehement against such claims considering most of his numerous children are young women themselves. He is another example of those privileged with CM’s ill-begotten wealth, to close one eye in order to keep their hands outstretched for more money. Nobody but dunces for brains take BP and Eastern Times seriously anyway.

    Comment by hornbill — November 17, 2009 @ 8:45 AM | Reply

  5. for a few dollars more, he will swear he is still a virgin.

    Comment by aca — November 14, 2009 @ 5:30 PM | Reply

  6. Alfred Jabu the SUKU is asking the opposition to get ready on the 17th Nov in the extravaganza onion designed state assembly to listen to his explanation on Penan case.He claimed that the opposition and NGOs are very dangerous.As usual we dont know this SUKU statement from this LAHKIA deputy chief minister.He gives dayaks a bad name.
    Bukit Aman police also said the Penan women issues is now closed.But when did they ever start an investigation
    in the first place?

    Comment by A Sarawakian — November 14, 2009 @ 4:20 PM | Reply

    • His son has share in SOP/Shin Yang….. sure la he defend the logging companies…

      Comment by falcon — December 3, 2009 @ 4:32 PM | Reply

  7. It is so sad that the weak and impoverished have no voice whatsoever! No money no talk! Not clout, no say!

    Hasan has too much to lose! So he must sell his soul and betray his God and his people for self-preservation and self interest.

    He is not impartial, objective and sincere. He must know what to do for going against his conscience. God help you Hassan!

    Comment by Ak Sarawak — November 14, 2009 @ 12:29 AM | Reply

  8. Hassan Sui?

    A memeber of the Task Force set up by the Ministry of Women?

    Where he get the money to develop 100 or 1000 of acres of Palm Oil? Sure la from the logging activities and Funds allocated for the Penans…

    Comment by falcon — November 13, 2009 @ 6:49 PM | Reply

  9. Is Hasan Sui a Muslim? He doesn’t seem like much of a Penan.

    Comment by Ignorant — November 13, 2009 @ 6:46 PM | Reply

  10. […] and Sabah has a very big following of Christianity.There is already the big issue of Bumiputra,Penans,Corruption and a lists of misdeeds. Anothe rhighly sensitive issue ..Pleeeaaasss..this touchy […]

    Pingback by “Opposition Parties Field day” « Audie61’s Weblog — November 13, 2009 @ 2:43 PM | Reply

  11. What can I say, what need I say?
    We all know rape of young Penan children and womenfolk in this 21st century has been going on and police report against such heinous crime had gone uninvestigated. The government is still talking dragging their feet and turning a blind eye to the crime and the clock is ticking. There’s no political will to stop it and round in those culprits!

    Come next general election East Malaysians of Sabah and Sarawak must ship the whole lot of BN scumbags out. Enough is enough otherwise you deserve the government you vote in, no ifs no buts! Whatever goodies they give, just take but vote Pakatan Rakyat! Btw what has happened to all those election promises at Batang Ai?

    Comment by Jong — November 13, 2009 @ 10:27 AM | Reply

  12. Hassan Sui ?

    He lives on the logging activities too la. If he cares too much about the penan and the indigenous people , he will not be able to live with big cars and houses and indulge in LUXURY !

    All his children has to come back from overseas and his Datin will not have the time to leisurely weave baskets as a hobby but have to “tanam jagung” to find makan for the family.

    Comment by Jasmine sarawak — November 13, 2009 @ 8:33 AM | Reply

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