Hornbill Unleashed

October 25, 2012

IGP must stop his boys from provoking Penans

FMT Staff

The Royal Malaysian Police force needs to be educated on human rights and perspective of the people’s struggle, claims Suaram.

Human rights NGO, Suaram, has called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ismail Omar to warn his men not to interfere in the Penan tribe’s rights struggle in the Murum dam issue in Sarawak.

“In order to bring the credibility to the force, they should be seen as a neutral party and not to take the side of the oppressor.

“People resort to the blockade as an option to stop destruction of  their livelihood as the construction of the dam progresses. Is this a criminal offence?” asked Suaram in a statement issued today.

Suaram was commenting on a statement by Sibu police chief DSP Bakar Sebau who warned protesting Penan natives that criminal action will be taken against them if they continued to mount blockades on the accesses road leading to the controversial Murum dam project site.

The Penan community from eight affected villagers have been setting up blockades since Sept 25  stopping lorries and heavy vehicles from entering into the RM3 billion Murum Dam project site. They are demanding that the state government and contractors Sarawak Energy Berhad respect their rights and demands and keep promises given to them four years ago.

Bakar had also warned the natives that they will be charged under Section 143 and 147 of the Penal Code for unlawful assembly and causing riot.

He had reportedly said that police reinforcement from Sibu and Kapit would be despatched to the blockade site.

Condemning the “intimidation” and “provocative tactic”  by the police, Suaram said: “This is clearly a bully tactic from the state against the Penan natives.

“The state is now employing the police to forcibly remove the blockade to further its project.

“Suaram reiterates that this is an intimidation and provocation tactic used by the police in order to create tension at the blockade area for the police to take action.”

‘Abuse of law’

Earlier this week Sarawak PKR leader-cum lawyer Baru Bian warned Bakar not to provoke the Penans.

Said Bian:  “I am disturbed to read about the recent development in the Murum Dam issue… I sense that this is a buildup to the arrest of the Penans who are manning the blockades.

“I am extremely disappointed by the statement by district police chief DSP Bakar Sebau that action could be taken against them under Section 143 or 147 of the Penal Code for illegal assembly or taking part in a riot. This is an abuse of the process of the law.

“The Penans are a peaceful people and if there is any riot, it would be as a result of provocation by agents of the dam-builders or the authorities.”

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5 Comments »

  1. The Police, EC, MACC, AG and BN are not public enemies. Do what we need to do to save ourselves and our nation. KICK OUT UMNO LED BN !

    Comment by Atok — October 25, 2012 @ 10:34 PM | Reply

    • are public enemies.

      Comment by Atok — October 25, 2012 @ 10:35 PM | Reply

  2. If the police are from Swak/Sbah … they have become traitors of the people – if they are from the Peninsula … YOU guessed right – they are the State’s HENTCH-MEN !!! Say, “NO” TO BN-UMNO … VOTE THEM OUT …

    For every project they say are for YOU, YOU WILL BE PAYING DOUBLE, TRIPLE until the day YOU SHOUT SO LOUD that they at-last say “Now, we give you free. ..Now, no need to pay…” when they have been STEALING AND LYING IN THE FIRST PLACE – OPEN YOUR EYES AND SEE THE WONDERS OF BN-UMNO LIES !!!

    Are YOU AWAKE ? GO, VOTE OUT UMNO.

    Comment by teres6842550 — October 25, 2012 @ 2:42 AM | Reply

    • IF POLICE ARE FROM SARAWAK OR SABAH, THEY ARE TRAITORS & RUNNING DOGS OF MALAYAN COLONISATION!

      MALAYAN POLICE ARE THE OCCUPATION FORCES LIKE THE JAPANESE & BRITISH COLONIAL POLICE & MILITARY!

      WE MUST UNITE AND RESIST THE FOREIGN MALAYAN GOV’T & PBB TRAITORS & PUPPETS!

      UNITE FOR INDEPENDENT SABAH SARAWAK!

      Comment by ANTI-MALAYAN COLONIALISM! — October 25, 2012 @ 6:37 PM | Reply

      • How can Sarawakian/Sabahan Unite? These police are most Iban!

        Back in 2004 when the Penan blockade Samling workers constructing trunk road through an area in Selaan…. few of the Iban PGA bragging that they are not afraid of the Penan and they will protect the workers……..Samling worker are INDONESIAN illegal!!! Can you imagine that the goverment can spend money and risk the life of our security personel to protect INDONESIAN ILLEGAL. These Indonesian doesnt care about our enviroment, they just want to make money to go back home.

        Anyway, when the Penan came to the PGA camp…surrounded the camp with just using blow pipes; the Iban that were bragging earlier in the day couldnt even move…. one of guy face was like dead people…white pale! I am sure few of them pee in their pants!

        These were few Penan teens! Few days after the PGA pack their gear and took off with their tails down under and never came back! The incursion by Samling been stop by the Penan. This road was plan to enter Tamabu forest reserve…which earlier on they did manage to enter the area from another road but when their illegal activity were detected by the local they stop. They tought that they can corrupt their way in by corrupting few Penan elders in the area………. Samling (Henry Chan..another slimmy guy) even engaged a local guy, so-called rep from an international NGO’s and the once a famous slick talker chinese guy named Sio. Sio flew in with begs of cash but the penan did not accept the deal!

        Comment by Penan Tokong — October 25, 2012 @ 7:53 PM | Reply


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