Hornbill Unleashed

May 27, 2011

Rape of Penan girls allowed to continue

Rosita Maja

The rape of the Penan girls and women in Baram continues because of the inaction of the federal and state governments and the police.

Hajjah Zuraida  Kamaruddin, Ampang MP and Keadilan National Women’s Chief came over to Sarawak last July to be interviewed by the police on the issue of the rape of Penan girls by loggers. She volunteered to give this statement so after she had received a letter from the Polis Diraja Malaysia dated July 13 last year, signed by Huzir Bin Mohamed (Ketua Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah or Criminal Investigation Department head) on behalf of the state Police Commissioner.

The Sarawak police announced they wanted Hajjah Zuraida to make the statement, to assist with investigations into rape incidents outlined in the Penan Support Group (PSG) NGO taskforce report “A Wider Context of Sexual Exploitation of Penan Women and Girls in Middle and Ulu Baram, Sarawak”.

The concerns regarding the incidents of rape of the Penan girls and women, and recommendations to stop the crimes, were also contained in the federal Women’s Ministry Taskforce Report. The national taskforce brought the loggers’ sex crimes to light three years ago.

Nothing concrete was done. We need updates on the investigations, if any, on the cases in the women’s ministry and PSG reports.

New rape report

The May 25 report of a 20 year old Penan woman from a settlement six hours’ drive from Miri and the revelations of more rapes in the Penan villages show rthese sex crimes against the Penan continue to haunt the community.

A Penan woman lodged a police report on Monday alleging rape by an Indonesian logging camp worker. She had met the man in her village in Baram. She said the man had raped her repeatedly, after coaxing her into following him to the city in the pretext of finding work.

The woman even told police that there had been similar rapes involving other Penan girls in her village.

Whose responsibility is this? Why have the authorities protected the logging companies? Why has the government allowed rapists to continue to haunt the Penan girls and women in Baram?

No one was even charged or investigated by the police though both the Women’s Ministy Taskforce Report and the PSG NGO taskforce report on the sex crimes by loggers confirmed  the incidents of rape, and uncovered the stories and the circumstances which resulted in the vulnerability of the Penan girls and women.

After the report of rape on May 24,, the  Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau responded, admitting that there had been a surge in the number of foreigners in the interior, because of the expansion of oil palm plantations and logging activities.  Dennis Ngau said that he would hold an “urgent dialogue” with the plantation companies to discuss this matter.

We wish to remind Dennis Ngau and the government that positive steps and actions to redress the issue are long overdue. Not only opposition parties have called for investigations: civil society, including women’s NGOs in Sarawak and elsewhere in Malaysia have made numerous statements calling for police action and government attention.

Its an irony that the Deputy Home Minister Jelaing Mersat confirmed that the National Registration Department had found “many stateless children” whose mothers are Penans and fathers Indonesians. Yet until today, nothing significant has been done to protect the community from sexual predators.

The government is already aware of the facts. The authorities are in possession of statistics that the Penan girls and women are indeed being victimised by the logging and plantation workers, and are manipulated by them.

Action must be taken immediately!

The young Penan woman alleging rape by the Indonesian logging company employee was brave enough to take the step to bring up the issue of sexual abuse haunting her community.

Since Dennis Ngau has made the commitment to look into the matter, we hope that he walk the talk. But we will not hold our breath, since the state BN are protecting the timber and plantation companies.

We call on to the police to make meaningful investigations into the rape report. We remind the police that both the Women’s Ministry’s and the PSG’s taskforce report documented that the villagers and the girls were harassed by gangsters, after they made reports to the police about the rapes.

The police must protect the rape victims, instead of protecting the loggers and plantation companies.

7 Comments »

  1. this is a fuckin shit, police nothing to do with this evil act of loggers??? what is this loggers no mother that they never respect with those Penan girls???? howmuch the loggers brive this policemen to ignore of invistigation raping the PENAN’s girls?????.

    Comment by amir mirak rakmhad — June 22, 2011 @ 8:04 PM | Reply

  2. GIVEN THE CHANCE SHOULD HAVE VOTED THEM OUT WHEN YOU HAD IT IN YPUR HANDS….WASTED…!

    Comment by cdo — May 28, 2011 @ 12:11 PM | Reply

  3. I’m disgusted by the action or inaction of the police in Malaysia. This inaction after several police reports of the rape and what was outlined in the Penan Support Group (PSG) NGO taskforce report shows the police and the Govt do not care about the welfare of the Penan people, yet it spent and is still spending millions of riggits in the pursuit of Saifu’s alleged cosensual sex with Anwar. The Malaysia Police and especially the Govt of Sarawak, I despise you for your ignorance and you should be ashamed of yourself. You are charged with looking after the welfare of the people and yet all you do is to rob their lands, grab their money from the timbers you fell in their backyards. Shame on you!

    Comment by GuoQiang — May 28, 2011 @ 9:24 AM | Reply

  4. It is amazing how much money and time they spent on one young man’s complaint of alleged rape, which after 2 years is yet to be substantiated or provened. The whole BN/UMNO are behind this one lone young man who cried “rape” but none came out caring for the Penan tribe’s welfare. I guess the welfare of Penans are not important compare to Saiful’s precious butt!

    Comment by Christina S. Suntai — May 28, 2011 @ 1:23 AM | Reply

  5. Polis report? huh…. Polis in Long Lama work hand in hand these Indonesian!

    95% workers of the timbers companies in Baram are ILLEGAL INDONESIAN…so will give you one month to bring rope-up this poeple and sent them home.
    There no point having talk with the companies because they dont have the right to talk! They are employing illegal expecially SHIN YANG.

    ALL the tractors driver and feller in SHIN YANG CAMP-C (PATAH CAMP) ARE ILLEGAL INDONESIAN WITH FAMILIES. 80% of the worker in the Camps are alos ILLEGAL INDONESIAN. What I noticed, only Manager, Foremen and some of the Merc Drivers are local…the rest are all ILLEGAL INDONESIAN.

    The MANAGER(I think his name was Ah Lek from Marudi) even have 1 Hunting crew and 1 Fishing crew working for himself! All the animal and fish be sent sold in Miri! I understand from some Penan friend that he PURPOSELY MADE/REPAIR/MAINTAIN A ROAD NEARLY 60KM to unable him to go and collect product.

    Where esle he by pass / refused to repair the road to one of the Village pass by…. which nearer! Excuse…takut towkey marah! Does this make sense?

    As told as well, this guy even logged the Long Lellang NCR land…to the extend of cutting down some RUBBER TREES… the BELIAN TREES in Merigong area is ALSO STOLEN by the same guy AH LEK (from my source…he spirited away over a THOUSAND TONNAGE of BELIAN LOGS!

    Many more to tell but is it worth spending my time writing…

    Dont all Camp Manager suppose to the honorary Wildlife Renger?

    SO NOW YB DENNIS NGAU…… THIS IS CRISTAL CLEAR WHAT IS HAPPENING IN ULU PATAH/AKAH/BARAM…… YOU KNOW WHERE THE PLACE…YOU KNOW THE COMPANY….YOU KNOW NAME AS HIS NAME IS CLEARLY STATED HERE….. SO I GIVE YOU ONE MONTH TO TAKE ACTION.

    WE DONT WANT TALKS….WE WANT ALL THE INDONESIAN TAKEN AWAY….THE MANAGER AS WELL! OTHERWISE, I GUESS WILL SEE WHAT HAPPEN. IF ANYTHING AFTERWARD…WE ARE PUTTING THE BLAME ON YOU AND THE ENFORCEMENT AGENCY FOR NOT TAKING ACTION.

    Comment by HH2H — May 27, 2011 @ 4:03 PM | Reply

  6. I am DISTURBED BY THIS! MANA HAK BUMIPUTERA???!!!!!!!! WOI BN!!! WTF ARE YOU GUYS DOING LA!

    Cmon guys..we can do better..let’s vote pakatan for a change!!!!

    Comment by dissidentist — May 27, 2011 @ 3:58 PM | Reply

  7. Denial and denial by those in power. JJM and AJN said that this never happened. YB Dennis get on to help…chase the indon workers out. Don’t you have the orang ulu and the orang tempatan to do the work? why indon…and indon..why when come to plantation worker and logging…the worker are indon and indon? Curse be onto those swindlers.

    Comment by joraktuuh — May 27, 2011 @ 2:24 PM | Reply


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