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October 27, 2010

Kuching MP simmers over timber camp fire arrests

By Syed Jaymal Zahiid

Bandar Kuching MP Chong Chieng Jen is pushing for an emergency debate on the arrest of indigenous activists and Iban longhouse chiefs in relation to the burning of a timber camp owned by a company linked to the powerful Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud.

Chong condemned the arrests as illegal, claiming that there was no evidence to link them to the fire.

The company whose timber camp was razed is Quality (more…)


October 25, 2010

Awang Tengah : We cannot undo Bakun Dam impoundment

The government will go on with the Bakun hydro dam impoundment, Second Planning and Resource Management Minister Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan said.

He added that the government had expected the water level at the Rajang River to recede to a certain degree during the impoundment but not at the current level, which he said was “totally unexpected.”

“We gave the permit to start the impoundment this month because based on studies and weather reports, we are supposed to be in the monsoon season by now. (more…)

Breaking News : Simunjan 7 NCR landowners freed!

By HU Editor

( Updated 15:30) All 7 Simunjan NCR landowners arrested and detained since last week for allegedly blockading logging activities and torching a timber camp linked to Roziah Mahmud, the sister of Sarawak Chief Minister Taib are released this morning (25 Oct) on police bail of RM 1000.00 each with one surety.

Prominent native rights activist Nicholas Mujah, four longhouse chiefs and two others were released this morning from the Simunjan police station, a day earlier than expected under the remand order. (more…)

October 24, 2010

Timber camp arson: suspects’ lawyer questions allegations

By Chris Reubens

PKR state publicity chief See Chee How(right) , and the lawyer representing seven suspects arrested for alleged arson at a timber camp in Ulu Sebangan, has said he hoped that the police would do a fair and evenhanded job in their investigation.

See was with the villagers on Saturday at Simunjan police station. He said he understood the police had a job to do, but they must be fair and not be prejudiced against the suspects.

“The company in their press statement had made unfounded (more…)

200 NCR landowners demand to be detained

By Joseph Tawie

More than 200 owners of native customary rights (NCR) land gathered outside the gate of the Simunjan police station here demanding to be detained together with seven of their colleagues who were being held for alleged mischief with fire yesterday.

Fearful of more owners turning up, police quickly closed the gate to prevent them from entering and called for more reinforcement.

The landowners were supporters of well-known activist Nicholas Mujah and four Tuai Rumah (longhouse chiefs) and two others. (more…)

October 23, 2010

Raziah – Protestors jailed

By Sarawak Report
In a recent story Sarawak Report exposed the shocking attempt by the firm Quality Concrete to force Iban villagers to hand over their rights to 3,035 hectares of Native Customary Rights Lands in Sebangan for just MR 250 (US$ 80) per family.

The company, of which the Chief Minister’s sister Raziah is one of the Directors,  is after the millions of dollars’ worth of rare and valuable hardwood trees in the area.  However the Ibans are refusing, saying they want to preserve their forest for future generations. (more…)

October 22, 2010

Forestry: an unnatural disaster in Sarawak

By Pak Bui

Sarawak Forestry Corporation Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and forestry department director Len Talif Salleh has dismissed the horrific ecological and infrastructure damage wrought by the Rejang log-jam as a “natural disaster”.

Len Talif argued that heavy rain, rather than over-logging or the impoundment of the Bakun Dam, had caused a catastrophic pile-up of cut logs and debris on the surface of Malaysia’s largest river. The accumulation of rubbish had blocked river traffic, wrecked boat jetties and killed fish and aquatic life, leaving communities without an important source of nutrition. (more…)

Timber camp burnt and destroyed by protestors

By Chris Reubens

( Updated 18:30 )( Updated 17:00 )Semujan police were deployed to a timber camp in Ulu Sg. Selabu, Sembang to ease tension between a logging timber company and some longhouse folk.

It was alleged Monday that two environmentalists, two Tuai Rumah and some 100 longhouse folk had burned down a timber camp along with its equipment which were valued to be worth more than RM2 million.

The managing director of Sri Berjaya Enterprise & Co, Lau Poung Siing, held a press conference with his chief security, Chiong Kung Kiong, in Sibu Jaya on Thursday afternoon. (more…)

Stranded natives await rainfall in Kapit


Natives living in the upper reaches of Kapit and Belaga are praying that it will rain on Saturday, Oct 23, as prophecised by the Sarawak Metrological Department. If there is ‘intermitten rain over 10% of Kapit’ then the dry spell would be broken and Rajang would be saved.

That’s how critical the situation is for communities living in the Nanga Merit district, Kapit, Pelagus and Belaga.

According to the Sarawak Rivers Board (SRB), the water level at Kapit waterfront on Oct 13 was 6.7 metres above sea level. The level dropped sharpely to 1.85 metres five days later on Oct 18. The normal water level at the waterfront is eight metres above sea level. (more…)

October 21, 2010

Logjam disaster: Blame in on the rain, not the loggers

By Joseph Tawie

The blame game between Land Development Minister James Masing and state forest director Len Talif over the recent logjam disaster along the Rajang river has shifted to the weather.

Talif is blaming the rain and is of the opinion that loggers had nothing to do with it.

In a direct challenge to Masing, Talif said the logjam was not caused by logging but due to the changing patterns of rain in the area. (more…)

October 17, 2010


By Hakim Joe of Malaysia Today

Why would someone harness the power of moving liquid and transform it into a clean and usable energy? The answer is of course for the electricity that is utilized to operate the multitude of electrical and electronic devices that we have. Simple answer.

Now comes the harder question. Why would someone want to generate electricity through a giant hydroelectric plant in an area that does not demand that massive supply? Answer me that question and you can stop reading. (more…)

October 15, 2010

Logjam probe: ‘Masing must rope in the Cabinet’

By Joseph Tawie

The Movement For Change Sarawak (MoCS) is happy that Sarawak Land Development Minister James Masing has agreed to the setting up of an independent committee to investigate the ecological disaster on the Rajang River.

“The minister’s response is a ‘positive one’. Now he should bring up the matter with his Cabinet colleagues as soon as possible,” MoCS leader Francis Paul Siah said here today.

On Wednesday, MoCS called on the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly to set up a special select committee to conduct a full-scale investigation into the Rajang logjam disaster. (more…)

Sarawak’s history of environmental damage control

By Keruah Usit

Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud has attempted to explain away last week’s massive accumulation of felled logs and driftwood on the Rejang river as a natural phenomenon.

“I can speculate on the reasons,” Taib was quoted as saying on Oct 11 by the Borneo Post, a local daily, moments after he had urged the public to avoid speculating about the source of the logjam, saying the cause had yet to be investigated.  (more…)

October 14, 2010

Bian offers free legal service to logjam victims

By Joseph Tawie

PKR leader and activist lawyer Baru Bian has offered free legal service to any person or group wanting to sue Sarawak authorities and logging companies over what has been called an “ecological disaster” affecting the rivers Rajang and Baleh.

Referring to the clogging of the rivers by logs and debris, he said:

“The logjam is evidence of a failed forest or environmental policy in Sarawak. I believe anybody affected by the disaster can take legal action. I am prepared to take such action on behalf of such people on a pro bono basis.”

MoCS wants independent probe on Rajang ‘disaster’

The Sarawak Legislative Assembly has been urged to set up a Special Select Committee to conduct a full-scale investigation into the recent ecological disaster on the Rajang River.

Making the call here Wednesday, Movement For Change, Sarawak (MoCS) leader Francis Paul Siah said the committee must be independent and should comprise equal representation from both sides of the political divide.

“It would be meaningless if DAP legislators are left out of the probe team. Both sides must be in the committee,” he said

What makes Masing ‘not an ostrich’?

State Information Chief of PKR, See Chee How, said he found it bizarre for Minister for Land Development, James Masing, to call on his own cabinet colleagues not to take the ‘ostrich’ approach, but rather to take stern action against those repsonsible for the timber mass and debris clogging up the Rejang River.

In a press conference this morning at PKR Stampin Mile 3, See said Masing had called it as an ecological disaster but after nearly a week, the state government is still in the dark as to its root cause.

“Now, whenever it rains in the upper reaches of the major rivers, floods are reported in the towns along and at the lower reaches of the rivers, in Sibu and the central region, and now also in Sri Aman and Miri,” he pointed out. (more…)

October 13, 2010

NCR land dispute: ‘Intelligence report’ for PM

By Joseph Tawie

The dispute over the 3,305 hectares of communal forests between the natives and a logging company has caught the attention of the Prime Minister’s Department.

The land, which the natives claim to be their native customary rights land, is situated between Sungai Sebangan and Sungai Sebuyau.

Three officers from the Ministry of Defence last week compiled “intelligence reports” on the dispute, which would be forwarded to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.

Rajang logjam caused RM2.7 million loss ?

The massive logjam in the Rajang River has caused an estimated loss of RM2.7 million after bridges and jetties were awash with debris, beginning from the Malataheli timber camp, about 75km upstream from Kapit.

Deputy Chief Minister George Chan said today the logjam, which began since last Thursday, destroyed two logging bridges at the upper reaches of the Baleh tributary, as well as five clinics and longhouse jetties at Entawau, SK Sempilik and Nanga Entelawan. (more…)

Logjam puts S’wak gov’t on the rack

By Terence Netto

The logjam on the Baleh and Rajang rivers in Sarawak, reputed to be 250km long, stretching from the upper reaches to Kanowit down to Sibu on the South China Sea coast, could not have come at a worse time for the government of Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud.

The continuing logjam, making river transport nearly impossible and depriving people living in longhouses off the banks of vital fish stocks, has heightened Dayak discontent with the ruling BN coalition, already embroiled in disputes with the community over native customary rights (NCR) land.

October 12, 2010

Sarawak govt rapped for failure in Rajang mess

By Chris Reubens

The state government was taken to task by Sarawak PKR for failing to prevent the “ecological disaster” that saw the Rajang River being clogged by timber mass and debris since last Friday.

PKR state information chief See Chee How, at a press conference here Tuesday, said this shows the poor governance and incompetence among the present state administrators.

“They have failed to contain the problem of the massive timber mass and debris that clogged the Rajang River,” said See who also warned that Sarawakians will suffer greater losses in terms of socio-economic costs and ecological damage.

Ecological havoc: State govt panned

By Joseph Tawie

Sarawak PKR today slammed the state government for its failure to prevent an “ecological disaster” when timber mass and debris clogged the Rajang River for the past five days.

“Its failure to contain the problem shows poor governance and incompetence in dealing with the consequences of developments.

“Sarawakians will suffer greater losses in terms of socio-economic costs and ecological damage,” PKR information chief See Chee How said.

Hall of shame for Sarawak timber giant

By Patrick Lee

Entering the hall of shame seems to be quite common for Malaysia, especially when it comes to human rights.

Survival International, an international indigenous rights NGO, has named Sarawak timber giant Samling as one of the five biggest violators of tribal peoples’ rights worldwide.

Other companies named and accused of human rights violations by the NGO include French-owned GDF Suez, Brazilian-owned Yaguarete Pora and Botswana-owned Wilderness Safaris.

Sarawak’s democracy logjam

By Pak Bui

Rotting wood clogged up 250km of the Rejang, the largest river in Malaysia, and the life-giving artery that flows from the heart of our state.

Corruption caused this ecological disaster. Corruption, in human society, means to offer or receive bribes. The Latin root is corruptus, meaning to spoil, break or destroy. The word also refers to the decomposition of plants or animals. This latest scandal reminds all Sarawakians that corruption inevitably means decay and putrefaction. (more…)

October 11, 2010

Bakun Dam ‘is an economic rip-off’

By Joseph Tawie

The construction of the Bakun and seven other dams plus the coal-fired power plants are economic rip-offs – they are Sarawak’s own get-rich-quick schemes.

“The massive sums involved in building these large dams would certainly guarantee handsome profits for the privileged project proponents,” said See Chee How, Sarawak PKR information chief.

“This is not development for Sarawak, but an economic rip-off. Sarawak-owned get-rich-quick schemes have exhausted our timber resources. (more…)

Fear rises as Bakun Dam gets ready for flooding

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By Joseph Tawie

The water behind the Bakun Dam will be impounded tomorrow, but has the government put in place an emergency rescue plan (ERP)? An environmental conservation group does not think so.

The Sarawak Conservation Alliance for Natural Environment is worried that the riverine communities living upstream and downstream of the dam will be in grave danger once the dam is impounded (closing the diversion tunnel gates to allow water levels to rise).

“The government must make public the ERP for Bakun Dam before impounding the water. If there is no such plan, then the government must not proceed with its flooding trial run until an ERP has been in place and the people have been adequately informed of the procedures laid down by the plan,” said the group national coordinator, Raymond Abin.

October 8, 2010

Log-jammed river disaster unfolding in Sarawak – Now in Sibu !

By HU Editor

(Updated with Video) This is outrageous and disastrous. Will the state government spend astronomical sums of Sarawakians’ money to clear up the mess or just let the rotting logs flow into the South China Sea? Will the culprits be prosecuted?

The Chief Minister, in charge of issuing logging licences for the last 30 years (and indiscriminate destruction of our forests) should be held responsible.


Taib’s massive headache….. He deserves it!

By HU Editor

( Video Inside )This is outrageous and disastrous. Will the state government spend astronomical sums of Sarawakians’ money to clear up the mess or just let the rotting logs flow into the South China Sea? Will the culprits be prosecuted?

The Chief Minister, in charge of issuing logging licences for the last 30 years (and indiscriminate destruction of our forests), should be held responsible.


October 1, 2010

Penan wars trilogy: Crimes in the jungle

By Sim Kwang Yang

I reproduce below the police reports written by the Penans themselves, so that they may now have a face. The Penans are not just faceless and voiceless characters. Now they have a personality, just like you and I.

I recommend that you read the reports carefully for the Penans are great storytellers, having in their heritage a fine oral tradition. They are painstaking when it comes to details and they are eloquent in the emotive retelling of their experiences.

Until today, it is worthy to note that no one has been arrested or interrogated in relation to the reports. The excuse is that the police cannot prosecute the perpetrators of the crimes because they could not be identified.

September 30, 2010

No way home for Bakun natives

By MalaysiaKini

Many among the 10,000 Orang Ulu who were resettled by the government to Sungai Asap 12 years ago because of the Bakun hydroelectric dam project, are still nostalgic about their old life in the upstream areas of Sungai Balui, which are full of natural resources and good things to eat.

However, following the completion of the RM7.3 billion project and the commencement of the water catchment process by year’s end, there will be no return to their native customary rights (NCR) land as most of it will be under water.

The remaining highlands will become islands in a lake as big as Singapore, which might then be developed by the government to become new tourist spots for nature-lovers or those who enjoy fishing. (more…)

September 27, 2010


In an act of breathtaking meanness and greed the multi-billionaire Taib family are seeking to deprive impoverished Ibans of one of Sarawak’s last remaining hardwood forests, for a paltry compensation of just RM250 per family.

Meanwhile, Sarawak Report has received exclusive new leaks which indicate that the Chief Minister himself stands to personally profit by a million times that amount (an estimated RM250,000,00) in corrupt backhanders from the deal.

Raziah Mahmud and Quality Concrete Holdings (more…)

September 21, 2010

Samling keeps mum about its ties with Malaysian top politician

By Bruno Manser Fund

Logging giant avoids to mention Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s name on its website

MIRI, MALAYSIA. Samling Global (HKEX 3938), the Malaysian timber group that has been excluded from the Norwegian Government Pension Fund for grossly unethical conduct, has failed to respond on corruption allegations linking the group to Abdul Taib Mahmud, Chief Minister of the Malaysian state of Sarawak.

According to research published last month by Sarawak Report, Taib Mahmud had been given two multi-million-dollar mansions in Seattle, USA, for the price of just one US dollar by a company owned by Samling founder, Yaw Teck Seng, one of Malaysia’s richest men. The US property deal is likely to be linked to political favours granted by Taib to Samling in Sarawak. (more…)

September 15, 2010

Leaked Samling document acknowledges timber group’s role in sexual exploitation of Penan women

Logging giant is prohibiting all employees from entering Penan villages or providing transport to Penan without permission

An internal document from Sarawak’s logging giant, Samling Global (HKEX 3938), leaked to the Bruno Manser Fund, acknowledges for the first time that the timber group is concerned about the involvement of its staff in the alleged rape of native Penan girls and women in Sarawak, East Malaysia.

By Bruno Manser Fonds

On 9 July 2010, Chin That Thong, General Manager of Samling’s Forest Operations in Malaysia, sent a directive, entitled “Kes Rogol Wanita Penan” (Rape Case of Penan Women)”, to all Samling timber camp managers, drivers and employees in the Baram river region. The letter informs the logging group’s staff that they are “forbidden to visit any Penan villages or transport any Penan except with the permission of the Camp Managers concerned.” Chin threatens employees who are found to have disobeyed his orders with expulsion from their jobs without compensation. (more…)

Baru Bian on latest NCR case and surveying

September 14, 2010

Bakun Dam may turn into a ‘white elephant’

By Sarah Stewart

KUALA LUMPUR: The RM7.3 billion in Sarawak, already condemned as a catastrophe for the environment and tribal people, is now battling suggestions it could become a giant white elephant.

The dam, which will eventually submerge an area the size of Singapore, is finally nearing completion after suffering a series of setbacks and delays since its approval in 1993.

But at the last hurdle the project has stumbled again, with delays in winning the state government’s permission to begin the flooding process and no deal yet on purchasing its hefty 2,400 megawatt output.

With ambitious plans for an undersea cable to feed the Bakun’s electricity to the Malaysian peninsula now abandoned, the Sarawak government is the only feasible buyer — leaving it with a very strong hand.

September 7, 2010

Blatant disregard for native customary rights

By Joseph Tawie

A group of villagers have accused the Sarawak forestry department of blatant disregard of their native customary rights (NCR) over their communal forests.

Activists Nicholas Mujah and Numpang Anan Suntai who are helming the group said the department was refusing to suspend the license issued to logging company, Quality Concrete Holding to stop harvesting of timber in their ‘pulau galau’ (communal forest).

“The department has been informed by the land and survey department through a letter that the area is confirmed to be native customary rights land. (more…)

August 31, 2010

Samling threatens Penan with retaliations over rape allegations

30 August 2010
Logging giant threatens to suspend all transport services for locals unless Penan retract sexual abuse allegations

LONG AJENG,Malaysian logging giant Samling has threatened the indigenous Penan communities of Sarawak’s Upper Baram region with the suspension of all transport services provided for locals unless they retract sexual abuse and rape allegations against the timber companies active in the region.

The new dispute between Samling and the Penan arose after the release of a report by an international fact-finding mission in July 2010. The report had uncovered seven new cases of sexual exploitation of Penan girls and women in the Upper Baram region by timber workers and had asked the Malaysian government to address the grievances of the Penan communities. (more…)

August 20, 2010

Masing slams errant logging companies

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Land Development Minister James Masing is furious at opportunist companies who are flouting government guidelines with their indiscriminate logging and oil plam plantation activities in the water catchment areas at Murum, Ulu Belaga.

“There are guidelines issued by the relevant authorities in order for them to carry out their activities systematically, but some of the timber and oil palm companies don’t seem to care.

“They think they can do whatever they like since they are in the interior,” he said.

Last week, Masing received complaints from the locals on the indiscriminate activities of logging and oil palm companies at the dam catchment area.

The Penans have also complained that the Shin Yang timber company was clearing the site earmarked for their resettlement for the purpose of planting oil palm. (more…)

Norway divests shares in logging giant Samling


By Malaysiakini

Norway’s Ministry of Finance has excluded Malaysian timber multinational Samling Global and two Israeli companies from the portfolio of its Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG).

As of Dec 31, 2009, GPFG held a total of 16,060,000 shares
in Samling Global, which is listed in Hong Kong.

In a statement released yesterday, the ministry said based upon the recommendation of the government’s Council on Ethics, it has decided to exclude Samling and Israeli companies – Africa Israel Investments Ltd and Danya Cebus Ltd – from GPFG’s investment portfolio. (more…)

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. (more…)

July 31, 2010

Police urged to earn Penans’ trust

By Keruah Usit

A leading indigenous land rights lawyer, See Chee How, has urged the police to immediately follow up leads and evidence provided by the Penan Support Group (PSG), in order to gain the trust of Penan survivors of sexual violence.

See’s call to action followed a meeting between representatives of the PSG, PKR women’s chief and Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin, and DAP State Assembly representative for Pending, Violet Yong, with Sarawak Criminal Investigation Department head Huzir Mohamed on July 24.

“We have given Huzir some evidence to investigate and charge offenders such as Ah Hing,” ( Photo of  Ah Hing ) See explained. “The police must show to the Penans that they are committed to their jobs.”

Ah Hing is a Chinese mechanic in the sprawling Kabeng camp in middle Baram, belonging to Interhill, a logging company internationally criticised for practising destructive forestry and for ignoring the rights of indigenous people.

July 25, 2010

Penans bite the bitter pill


By Joseph Sipalan

Multi-million ringgit promises didn’t cut it for the Penans, for Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak failed to live up to the hype of his much-touted maiden prime ministerial visit to Ulu Baram yesterday.

It was reported that some 2,000 people from the Penan, Kayan, Saban and Kenyah tribes spent four hours at the event – some walking two days just to attend – after word spread about Najib’s pledge of more than RM100 million to complete various projects in the area.

Despite the supposed aim of the visit to help the premier see first-hand the problems faced by the Penans and other tribes living in the area, it ended up being more of a public relations exercise as community leaders did not even get the chance to come close to Najib, let alone have a meeting. (more…)

Pay for your own expenses to help the police to solve crimes

By Rosita Maja

YB Hajjah Zuraida  Kamaruddin, MP Ampang, Keadilan National Women’s Chief came from Selangor for the purposes of meeting up with the Sarawak Commissioner of Police pursuant to a letter from the Polis Diraja Malaysia dated 13.07.10 signed on behalf of  Police Commissioner  Sarawak  by Tuan Huzir Bin Mohamed (Ketua Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah or Criminal Investigation Department head).

The letter was addressed to a number of  NGOs from the Penan Support Group or PSG) requesting them to come and make reports to the police to help in the investigation of the rape incidents as contained in the NGO taskforce report ” A Wider Context of sexual exploitation of Penan Women and Girls in Middle and Ulu Baram, Sarawak”.

YB Zuraida came as the  President of  WIRDA  (Women’s Institute Research Development and Advancement) a women’s NGO, which comes under the PKR women’s wing. She attended also as the national PKR women’s chief to make the reports as requested by Sarawak police, hoping that the police can look into the allegations of rape of the Penan girls and women with urgency. (more…)

July 24, 2010

Malaysia’s Timber Baron coming to the UK – Join the protest

By Malaysia Today

One of Asia’s greatest kleptocrats and single-handedly one of the most destructive forces against the environment and the people who depend on it, the Chief Minister of Sarawak, Abdul Taib Mahmud, will be making the opening address at the Said Business School’s inaugural Islamic Branding and Marketing Forum on Monday 26th July.

During his 30 years of iron grip over Sarawak, Taib Mahmud has systematically plundered a country once rich in natural resources, oil and timber.  He and his family are now multi-billionaires, while indigenous tribes resort to the law courts to reclaim their ancestral lands. (more…)

July 19, 2010

Papua New Guinea judge ticks off Rimbunan Hijau

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By MalaysiaKini

A judge in Papua New Guinea has has told off Malaysian-owned logging company Rimbunan Hijau PNG Ltd for abusing the court system in order to harass and threaten a local newspaper from reporting on the logging giant’s activities in the country.

According to a July 13 ABC news report, Judge Ambeng Kandakasi threw out the company’s defamation suit and other motions against the Post-Courier.

Four years ago the logging firm filed a defamation suit against the Papua New Guinean daily after it reprinted an Australian newspaper report headlined ‘The Rape of PNG Forest’.  (more…)

July 16, 2010

Penan woman gives birth following alleged rape


A Penan woman from Long Item, Baram, Sarawak, given the pseudonym ‘Bibi’ by last September’s damning National Task Force Report by the Women’s Development Ministry, has given birth to another baby in February this year. The father was her alleged rapist, an Interhill logging camp worker known as ‘Johnny’ or Ah Hing.

Bibi had made a police report of rape in Bukit Aman in 2008, and had been given refuge by the Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO), a participant in the National Task Force. However, she later returned to Long Item to see her family, and fell back under Ah Hing’s control.

Ah Hing told the police and the Borneo Post, a local daily owned by a logging company, that he was Bibi’s husband and not her rapist. However, the Penan Support Group has documentary evidence that Ah Hing is registered with the government as the father of two sets of children born to two different mothers aside from Bibi: a Chinese woman and another Penan woman. (more…)

July 7, 2010

A Wider Context of Sexual Exploitation of Penan Women

By Rosita Maja

The National Taskforce Report released in September 2009 (Laporan Jawatankuasa Bertindak Peringkat Kebangsaan Bagi Menyiasat Dakwaan Penderaan Seksual Terhadap Wanita Kaum Penan Di Sarawak), confirmed that the allegations of sexual violence and exploitation of Penan women and girls by loggers was true.

Another mission, by NGOs, was set up two months after the report was made available, because of the unsatisfactory response by the Sarawak state authorities, and their denial of the findings of the National Taskforce Report.

This new fact-finding mission was initiated by the Penan Support Group, a coalition of 36 NGOs, with the joint efforts of  FORUM-ASIA and the Asian Indigenous Women’s Network (AIWN). The mission aimed to further explore and document the incidences of rape, sexual abuse and exploitation and to bring in new evidence to further confirm that the allegations of sexual abuse of Penan girls and women in Middle and Ulu Baram by loggers are indeed true. (more…)

July 6, 2010



c/o Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)

Address: 433A, Jalan 5/46 Gasing Indah, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Tel: +60377843525 / 77835724

Fax: +60377843526

Email: suaram@suaram.net

Press Release: 6 July 2010



The fact-finding report

The fact-finding report, 

A Wider Context of Sexual Exploitation of Penan Women and Girls in Middle and Ulu Baram, Sarawak, Malaysia,

Downloadable PDF reports :-   Click Here



Following the findings of the National Taskforce Report of September 2009 (Laporan Jawatankuasa Bertindak Peringkat Kebangsaan Bagi Menyiasat Dakwaan Penderaan Seksual Terhadap Wanita Kaum Penan Di Sarawak), which confirmed cases of sexual violence and exploitation of Penan women and girls, a group of non-government organisations set out to investigate further the situation in Sarawak when informed that there were other Penan  women and their families who wanted to share their stories of sexual violence and exploitation.

National and regional NGOs comprising the Penan Support Group, FORUM-ASIA and Asian Indigenous Women’s Network (AIWN)document new evidence in light of Sarawak state government leaders’ repeated refusals to acknowledge that Penan girls were sexually abused by timber workers and their apparent rejection of the National Taskforce Report findings.

The fact-finding report, A Wider Context of Sexual Exploitation of Penan Women and Girls in Middle and Ulu Baram, Sarawak, Malaysia, will be launched in Kuala Lumpur and Kuching today.

Hornbill Unleashed readers can download the fact-finding report here, after the launch.

June 25, 2010


By Sarawak Report

The once proud, well-trained Sarawak police force are now mere lackeys of the timber companies, as events yesterday make only too obvious.

The Penan, who have been erecting peaceful jungle blockades in protest at the savage destruction of their hereditory lands,  were yesterday confronted in Long Sebayang,  Limbang by gun-waving policemen.  They were acting on behalf of Lee Ling Timber, the other party to the dispute.

According to the respected Swiss Charity the Bruno Manser Foundation, the unprofessional, threatening and downright illegal episode came in the wake of an attack the previous day by a logging company employee on one of the Penan.  The tribesman (and rightful owner of the land, according to Native Customary Rights recently upheld in the Federal Malay Court) had been viciously hit in the face. (more…)

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