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July 28, 2010

S’wak govt always ready to discuss Penan issue: Dr Masing

By The star

The Sarawak state government is always ready to engage with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to discuss the Penan issue, Land Development Minister Datuk Seri Dr James Masing said.

He said the state government has been engaging with NGOs from all over the world, including the United Kingdom and the European Union, through discussions and site visits on how it handled the Penan people.

“We have nothing to hide and what we are doing now is for the good of the community,” he said on the sidelines of the Inaugural Oxford Global Islamic Branding and Marketing Forum here Tuesday.

Dr Masing said the state government never ran away from NGOs, but “protesting like yesterday was pathetic as we have engaged many times with NGOs on the issue of Penan.”

On Monday, a group called Survival International gathered in front of the building where the forum is being held to express their concern about the Penans.

Dr Masing said the state government believed that the younger generation of the Penan should be given the chance to move forward with the rest of Sarawakians.

He said there were 16,000 Penans, of which 99% had been settled and another 300 Penans were provided with areas where they could hunt.

Schools were built to provide education to the younger generation, he added.

“They can accuse us of not looking after them (Penan), but we are giving them options,” he said.

Dr Masing said he believed that the motive of the protest was more economic rather than environmental.

He said the protest might be influenced by commodity producers like soy bean and rapsead which compete with palm oil in the export market.


  1. Hahaha…Dr Masing, only now you’re saying the Government is always ready to discuss the Penans issue.

    Wasn’t you who said the Penans are good story tellers ?

    Sorry to disappoint you Dr Masing, but the ‘rakyat’ think otherwise. In fact we think you’re a great story teller. Like the saying, ‘Cakap tak serupa bikin.’

    You can bluff some of us all the times but you can’t bluff all of us all the times.

    Comment by PH Chin — July 29, 2010 @ 12:48 PM | Reply

  2. Are you a crony of the chief minister? “No I am not. Crony means friends. I am a friend of the chief minister”. … See the standard of our Dayak land minister cum anthropologist. That is pathetic!!! Fall guy!

    Comment by batulawi — July 29, 2010 @ 10:37 AM | Reply

  3. How is it possible to discuss about policies that are corrupt in the core? All the luxury that he enjoys is destroying his intellect.

    Comment by Bourgeois Revolution — July 29, 2010 @ 10:19 AM | Reply

  4. Malaysian land minister attacks credibility of young indigenous rape victims
    December 07, 2009

    Speaking to the BBC, James Masing, Sarawak Minister for Land Development, dismissed claims by Penan girls and women who said they had been sexually abused and raped by logging workers in a remote jungle area.

    BBC reporter Angus Stickler was investigating well-documented allegations of rape and abuse by logging-company employees in Sarawak’s Middle Baram region when he met one of the apparent victims. read more :- http://news.mongabay.com/2009/1207-sarawak.html

    Comment by Just me — July 29, 2010 @ 3:17 AM | Reply

  5. There he goes again, talking rubbish to fool everyone. Didn’t he said that Penans girls don’t get raped but like to have sex? The man is rubbish, treating his own race like dirt.

    Comment by apaijabu — July 28, 2010 @ 10:56 PM | Reply

  6. “16,000 Penans, of which 99% had been settled and another 300 Penans were provided with areas where they could hunt”

    The govt settled down the Penan? Bullshit….. its the work of the British government and WHO back in the 60’s when they were base in Marudi.
    Guess what….my late father work for WHO back then spend months and months in the jungle with the Penan in Ulu Baram; as what he told us he’s persuaded them to settle down in Long Lamei….

    All his NCL were ‘taken away’ other people and govt because he was always away and travelling all over Baram/Sarawak/Brunei.

    Now we have to go to court trying to claim what rightful his……

    Funny…..my late dad PORTER during those days got ABS MEDAL from the govt!

    For all his scarify, he got NOTHING…ZERO…NEHEI…. NADAI UTAI… from the govt!

    So the point here is…Mr Masing, Hassan Sui, Jabu…..don’t claim the credit. It’s not the current govt……

    Comment by anak Sarawak — July 28, 2010 @ 9:42 PM | Reply

  7. What’s Masing talking about? He’s a man of non sense. Why now only u talk about to work together with all the NGOs all over the world? Too latelah. Nasi sudah jadi bubur. The penans hv been neglected all these yrs. They’re being treated as if they’re no Malaysians. Not only their environment being raped but their young n innocent girls were raped. Masing is a great story tellers n not the penans as he claimed. I’m very sure no Sarawakians will ever to believe what Masing is talking. U’r talking shits. Ur PRS (Parti Rosakkan Sarawak) will face the downhill soon this coming state election just becoz of ur bad leadershit.

    Comment by Minda Mandol — July 28, 2010 @ 8:44 PM | Reply

  8. after all the screw up and now the sarawao want to sit down..all these years so actions! go la yal char siew pao!

    Comment by good man — July 28, 2010 @ 8:35 PM | Reply

  9. BN is always trying to put a blame on james masing. just like al jazeera episode. of course lah, BN hates dayak

    Comment by kara — July 28, 2010 @ 6:40 PM | Reply

    • Why the thumbs down I don’t know. BN—which is UMNO—*does* hate Dayaks. To a true-blue Malay, any brown person who is not a Muslim is a deluded, stubborn failure destined for hell.

      Comment by 'Nother Fellow — July 28, 2010 @ 8:20 PM | Reply

  10. This is the guy who said Penans are good story tellers. If you still think like that Sir Masing, you don’t really mean to discuss with the Penans.

    Comment by ibat — July 28, 2010 @ 6:29 PM | Reply

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