Hornbill Unleashed

August 18, 2010

Long Kevok Blockade Stands … Lawas Blockade Erected

By HU Editor

Anak Ulu Baram in his/her comment yesterday wrote: “News from Ulu Baram saying that Petronas is financing the PPF/PGA and local drivers sending their people (armed PPF/army) to clear the blockades by Penan in Long Kevok … Long Seridan area,” He/She enquired if we can verify the “news” he/she received.

Last night, our contact in Ulu Baram verified with us that the blockade still stands. At 9.15am this morning, U, our Penan friend in Long Kevok, made a short trip to the blockade site and called to confirm that it remains where it stands.

The local indigenous communities are not objecting to the laying of Petronas gas pipeline, however it is understood that Petronas contractors have caused unnecessarily extensive damages and destruction to forests, their land and crops, disregarding the voices of grievance and distress by the affected Penan, Kenyah and Lun Bawang settlements.

A claim form was distributed to some of the affected communities, but it was not explained as to the damages and losses that the indigenous communities may be compensated.

The Long Kevok blockade is maintained by representatives of 2 Penan and 1 Kenyah communities.

Meantime, Democracy4now informed us that a blockade was recently erected in Lawas. NCR Land rights lawyer Baru Bian, who has recently represented a Lun Bawang family in commencing an action against the encroachment and trespass of NCR land by the Petronas gas pipeline project, visited the site last week.

Watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kODrQpVg8kQ

Democracy4now was stunned when his 75-km journey from Long Luping to Ba’Kelalan took more than 4 hours bumping on a muddy road. Saying that such a road cannot be found in West Malaysia, he took us through the startling journey on the “1Malaysia Road” (Video inside)

More interesting video stories in Sarawak Indigenous Community News (http://sarawaknews.wordpress.com/)

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7 Comments »

  1. I m very sympatetic with u people in the interior and highland. Im wondering what are the ending of the drama today? Pls inform me. I wished u got what u people want. Tq

    Comment by Mahir — October 30, 2010 @ 11:26 PM | Reply

  2. My Penans n all my Orang Ulus brothers n sisters of my homeland Sarawak, ur all not alone to fight against this mistreatment ur all r facing. We’re all with u all. Keep up with the blocking. Even if we’re not there physically but spiritually we’re. With God Allah help n intervention u all soon one day see the fruit of the sweat of ur struggle to be treated same as other Malaysian. What does it mean of 1Malaysia if all our native bros. n sisters r still living very poorly in the interior. We all hv to fight for our right as a citizen of a nationhood. This is what BN government hv not done to us all. Let’s change this government to Pakatan Rakyat this coming state election. PR will make sure that everyone of our native childrens must be given a chance to hv a free education n free health services. This is the promises we want.

    Comment by Minda Mandol — August 19, 2010 @ 5:30 PM | Reply

  3. Our dear Penan brothers and sisters, stand and fight for rights.

    The ‘rakyat’ of this nation will support your battle with the oppressors.

    We pray that justice will prevail in the end.

    Comment by PH Chin — August 19, 2010 @ 4:14 PM | Reply

  4. i hope for a miracle to happen….like how israel ended the 1967 war within six days. just like god created the world within 6 days, israel rested on the 7th day. lets hope and pray for all the problems in sarawak to go away within 6 days, and then we shall rejoice on the 7th day….

    Comment by qwerty — August 18, 2010 @ 5:08 PM | Reply

  5. Good

    Comment by Edi — August 18, 2010 @ 3:29 PM | Reply

  6. HOPE OTHER PENAN VILLAGES JOIN OR ……RE-ERECT THE BLOCKADE AT LONG NEN AS WELL! CUT-OFF THEIR FEEDER ROADS…..SHIN YANG CROSSING OVER TO PENGARAN AREA(CONCESSION SOLD BY INTERHILL TO SHIN YANG)….AS TOLD BY THE WORKERS THE AREA IS NOT APPROVED BY THE SFC……BUT SHIN YANG ALREADY START CUTTIGN TREES IN THESE BLOCK!

    DID THE PENAN GOT WHAT THEY WERE PROMISED AFTER THEY DEMOLISED THE BLOCKADE IN LONG NEN? HU CAN INVESTIGATES THIS AS WELL…… MAKE KNOWN THE OUTCOME….UNDELIVERE PROMISES!

    FURTHERMORE, TODATE NOBODY SUPPOSE TO LOG BELIAN FROM THIS AREA….BUT THE CURRENT MANAGER(SHIN YANG) ALREADY ILLEGALLY CUT DOWN THOUNSAND OF BELIAN TREES IN THE PAST 3 YEARS…..NOW YOU HARDLY FIND ANY BELIAN…..HE ILLEGAL SOLD THESE BELIAN!

    Comment by anak Ulu Baram — August 18, 2010 @ 2:16 PM | Reply

  7. Contractor for Petronas….SAMLING!!!

    Comment by anak Ulu Baram — August 18, 2010 @ 12:59 PM | Reply


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