Hornbill Unleashed

November 21, 2013

Penan march to Parliament with ‘fair play’ demand

Ram Anand

Fourteen representatives of the Penan community marched to Parliament House today, demanding a stop their eviction from their ancestral land, which has been taken over for a mega-dam in Belaga, Sarawak.

They went to the Opposition Leader’s office to hand over a memorandum that also asks Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to ensure a consultation process between them and the authorities.

Two hours earlier, they had gone to Bukit Aman police headquarters to hand over a memorandum urging the police force to behave in neutral manner over the blockade they have mounted near the Murum Dam. (more…)

October 7, 2013

Spotlight On Murum……

Sarawak Report

At the weekend Taib Mahmud bemoaned that the recent ‘spotlight of publicity’ on Sarawak has created negative perceptions of his government of the state.

So, clearly he wants no further light shone on the disgraceful treatment of the Penan at the Murum Dam site.

The tribe are still holding out in protest against his authoritarian command to start filling the dam before compensation has been agreed or even the government’s own promises fulfilled.

However, one team of observers has just made the tortuous 9 hour journey to see the beleaguered community, who are maintaining their blockade at the site, despite a heavy and menacing armed police presence and the arrest of one of their leaders last week. (more…)

November 9, 2012

Penans want Suhakam to help in compensation talks

Lu Wei Hoong

The Penans displaced by the Murum dam project are seeking the help of the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) to press home their demand for at least half a million ringgit in compensation to each family from the state government.

The demand was made in a memorandum dated Sept 25 signed by Jawatankuasa Hal Ehwal Penan Peleiran-Murum (Pemupa) secretary Suie Bunyau.

“(We demand) at least RM500,000 compensation per household due to the submerging of our ritual land including agricultural land, temuda land, orchard and ‘pulau hutan’ (forest island by the dam),” read their 10-point open memorandum. (more…)

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