Hornbill Unleashed

February 1, 2011

Blatant liar and the crab culture

Carol Yong

It is alarming that the ‘Thief Minister’ of Sarawak, Taib Mahmud, as chief of a flock of ‘Apologists and Yes-Ministers’ doesn’t know real economics. According to a report in one Sarawak newspaper, Taib has argued that Greece, Ireland, Spain, Portugal and other developed countries “are in trouble due to lack of social discipline where a small group makes demands and carry out demonstrations against the wishes of the majority.” He thinks he’d made a clever statement about “their dire economic situation and subsidy-minded approach.” (more…)

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January 27, 2011

Land grab reports lodged against Taib Mahmud

Aidila Razak, Malaysiakini

A report has been lodged, for the second time yesterday, with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) against Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud over his alleged conflict of interest in the transfer of state land to a company linked to his family.

The first report was lodged by Dennis Along and Willie Kajan at the MACC office in Miri on Dec 13, and it was referred to the Kuching office as it was considered a “high profile” matter. (more…)

January 19, 2011

FAMILY FIRST, THE PEOPLE LAST

.Sarawak Report

” One ragged T-shirt. His only reward for voting BN and in return they took his Native Lands! “

Taib Mahmud evidently considers it his personal duty to look after his entire family of brothers, sisters, cousins, in-laws, nieces, nephews and all the rest.  By this he equally clearly thinks he should ensure that each and every one of them should become multi-millionaires, even if it is at the expense of the poverty-stricken Sarawakian people, whom he is employed to represent. (more…)

No water, electricity, roads in Jabu’s Layar

Joseph Tawie

The Layar constituency in Betong still remains among the most neglected sites in Sarawak despite having a deputy chief minister as its assemblyman.

The majority of the longhouses in the constituency are without water, electricty and roads. It will take at least a three-hour to four-day walk to reach Layar.

Said Stanny Embat, a potential Sarawak PKR candidate: “Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu Numpang, who is also the State Regional Development Minister, has failed to do his duties in his constituency.” (more…)

December 23, 2010

Penans sue to protect Borneo rainforest

FMT Staff

BA JAWI: The Penan community here is suing the Sarawak government and timber giant Samling Plywood for logging in 15,000 hectares of the government approved Penan Peace Park bordering Indonesia.

Ba Jawi village headman Lija Agan on behalf of his community, lodged a collective lawsuit against the defendents in order to protect their livelihood and the ‘high-conservation-value’ tropical forest from being destroyed by logging. (more…)

December 22, 2010

Can BN find 82 new ‘ailment’-free candidates?

Stanley Bye Kadam Kiai

In the past it would have been more difficult to secure a Barisan Nasional endorsed-candidacy than to win in an election.

The peoples’ trust in the BN at that time was so strong that any Tan, Daud and Hari would have won had they contested in the election on a BN ticket.

But March 2008 gave the Umno-BN coalition a painful jolt. It lost its two-thirds majority in the Dewan Rakyat and five states to the opposition. (more…)

December 20, 2010

Sarawak ripe for political transformation

Sim Kwang Yang

The politics of Malaysia is condemned to be ethnic in nature. Much of the political discourse in our country is determined by the most dominant force in our land: the United Malays National Organisation (Umno). Everything political must be considered within Umno’s parameters of racial balance.

Yet the racial imperative in Malaysia is perturbed, and unsettled, by the anomaly of the unique ethnic composition in Sarawak. By the logic of race, during the time of Merdeka, when Malaysian independence was achieved in 1963, the Master Race in Sarawak ought to have been the Iban. (more…)

December 17, 2010

Thugs raise stakes in Sarawak land conflicts

Keruah Usit

Rural Sarawakians may lack adequate access to information on Abdul Taib Mahmud’s means of amassing an immense fortune, reported to be worth several billion US dollars.

But many have certainly felt the direct impact of land acquisition favouring plantation and logging companies closely linked with Taib’s family.

Reports of force used by police and company employees (including members of organised gangs) against villagers defending their land against intruders have been increasing. (more…)

December 4, 2010

Deepening Scandal – Taib’s Land Grabs Exposed !

Sarawak Report

Sarawak Report has been piecing together documentation that enables us to prove for the first time that the Chief Minister has conducted land thefts on a  massive scale from the people of Sarawak.   Using a number of sources, many of which Taib has shamefully attempted to keep secret, we are now unravelling detailed information showing the full extent of his seizures of Native Customary Rights Lands for himself and his family and also the extraordinary profits he has made at the expense of his people. (more…)

November 4, 2010

15 Iban villages sue company of Taib’s sister

By Keruah Usit

Some 100 Ibans from 15 longhouses in upper Sebangan in Simunjan, Sarawak, appeared en masse at the Kuching High Court this morning, to sue two logging companies, two of their own government-appointed village leaders and the Sarawak government.

The Iban, accused by logging company Royal Billion of setting fire to a local logging camp on Oct 15, announced they are taking the fight for their Native Customary Rights (NCR) lands to court.

The 15 villages are proprietors, occupiers, holders and claimants of NCR lands surrounding Kampung Entanggor, Ensika, Lumut, Arus Dayak, Tongkah Dayak, (more…)

November 2, 2010

Deutsche Bank accused of concealing Taib’s secret US properties

BRUNO MANSER FUND, BASEL / SWITZERLAND

01 November 2010

Deutsche Bank accused of concealing Taib’s secret US properties

Sarawak top politician’s US property companies held through Deutsche Bank’s offshore branches in Jersey and Cayman Islands

Deutsche Bank, one of the world’s leading financial institutions, has been accused of concealing three US property companies held secretely by the family of Abdul Taib Mahmud, head of government of the Malaysian state of Sarawak and one of South-East Asia’s leading cleptocrats. The Jersey (Channel Islands) Companies Registry lists Deutsche Bank International Trust Co. Jersey and Cayman as sole shareholders of Sogo Holdings Limited, a company linked to the Taib family.

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October 29, 2010

Penan seek outside help

Feeling that their complaints and appeals against logging activities and deforestation have been falling on deaf ears, the Penan community is starting to look outside the country for aid.

A nomadic Penan travelled all the way from the Sarawak interior to Pulau Jerejak to highlight the community’s plight at the bi-annual Friends of the Earth International (FOEI) conference.

Sagong Nyipa, from Layun in Tutoh, shared his experiences (more…)

Govt ignores Penan’s choice of resettlement land

By Joseph Tawie

The government’s plan to relocate about 1,000 Penans affected by the Murum Dam project to a 24,000 hectares area has been described as “merely paying lip service”. “We still don’t know how the government came to a decision on the size of the area without consulting us,” said Ramlie Bujang, a spokesman for the Peleiran-Murum Penan Affair Committee (Pemupa).

Land Development Minister James Jemut Masing recently (more…)

October 28, 2010

Iban logging protestors defy Taib’s family

By Keruah Usit

Six Iban longhouses in Sebuyau, Sarawak, have lodged 30 new police reports condemning logging on land they say is their temuda (individual orchards and gardens).

The Ulu Sebangan longhouses have reiterated their opposition to logging, despite the arrest of seven of their leaders in response to allegations of arson at the loggers’ camp.

“Looking at the map showing the licensed area, it is clear that they were logging outside their timber concession area. (more…)

Orang Asli seething at uncaring govt

By Patrick Lee

Sidelined and insulted by the government, the Orang Asli are fuming and want their rights back and “not your sympathy”. The Orang Asli Villages Network in Peninsular Malaysia (JKOASM) has vehemently opposed Budget 2011, calling it the beginning of the end to their traditional ways.

When unveiling the budget, Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak announced that RM100 million would be allocated for various programmes, including resolving Orang Asli land rights and border settlement issues. (more…)

October 22, 2010

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

By FMT

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 17, 2010

WE ARE DAMNED!

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 6, 2010

The jungle is a dangerous place

By Sim Kwang YangNONE

For all middle-class urban citizens, the jungle must seem like a primitive, wild place. We urbanites can only be comfortable when we are surrounded by what we consider to be the advanced products of industrial civilization. Plunged into the middle of the jungle, we would probably not survive on our own for more than a few days.

But the Penan are perfectly comfortable in this jungle environment. They are familiar with the forest, and know it like their back of their hand. Like all jungle dwellers, the Penans are totally immersed in the land where they live. They depend on this environment for their survival.
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September 19, 2010

False prophets preach racial politics

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By Pak Bui

“Race and ethnicity are cultural constructs; they exist in our language and our mind only. They do not exist objectively like the sun and the moon, or like the living species called homo sapiens,” Sim Kwang Yang has written in this blog.

Yet false prophets in Sarawak continue to pretend they are champions or leaders of individual races. They urge us to worship the idol of racial politics.

Consider the hideous spectacle of George Chan, boasting that he can speak for the Chinese (though surely we must realise that the Chinese have never been a pure Han race, but are a mixture of different bloodlines, even in mainland China itself). (more…)

September 15, 2010

Baru Bian on latest NCR case and surveying

September 13, 2010

Dayaks do not trust BN over NCR Land

In the coming state election, issues regarding native customary rights land are certain to be exploited by both the Opposition and Barisan Nasional parties.

Already the government has taken the initial step in order to gain advantage of the situation when Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak announced an allocation of RM20 million to carry out as a “first step” to do perimeter survey of some 1.5 million hectares of NCR land in the state. Starting from the end of the year, it is an obvious part of the government’s strategy in order to minimize its exploitation by the Opposition.

The Opposition Pakatan Rakyat is aware of the government’s strategy in trying to win back the hearts and minds of the people especially the natives who own the NCR land. But the natives are no longer fool as the problems have been there for about three decades. Nor do they believe what the BN leaders have promised them any more. (more…)

Lihan’s joke ” Baram dam a gift from God for the Orang Ulu “

Telang Usan assemblyman reiterated that the Baram hydroelectric dam project is a gift from God for the minority Orang Ulu.

“I am not ashamed to say that the mega project is a gift from God because as a result of the project the government will build a 60-km road from Long Lama to the dam site at Long Keseh, benefitting about 12,000 Kayans from nine longhouses along the river,” he said.

He said he had proposed to have a road to link all the longhouses along Baram River before the dam was even conceptualised, more as a wish for a better  life for the people.

The road came into the picture when the government proposed the Baram dam, he added.

“What I am saying is that if there is no Baram dam, there won’t be any road being built. It does not make any economic sense just building a road like that. The proposed dam justifies the building of the RM500-million road,” explained Lihan. (more…)

September 12, 2010

Belaga folks await tourists at Bakun Dam

NONEBy MalaysiaKini

For the people of Belaga, among the most remote districts in Malaysia, they are looking upon the Bakun Hydroelectric Project to generate a new economic activity for them – which is, tourism.

Belaga assemblyman Liwan Lagang said the completion of the project, slated to be in December this year, would change the landscape in the district.

“There will be a lot of new islands created (once the water level at the Bakun Dam are raised), providing new potentials for the people here to promote them and be involved in the tourism industry,” he told Bernama in an interview recently. (more…)

September 7, 2010

One Year After: Penan Communities Re-Blockaded to Protest over Government’s Broken Promises

By Panai Ayat – BMF

On September 2, 2010, around 150 Penan villagers from Long Nen in Sungai Layun,Long Belok and Long Sayan in Sungai Apoh, Tutoh, Long Bangan in Sungai Terawen,Tutoh and Ba’ Marong in ulu Sungai Si’ang, Tutoh gathered to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the simultaneous blockades held by the same communities in the area between August and September last year.

The gathering in fact was held not only to commemorate the anniversary of the protests but also to honour the three-decade struggles of the Penan communities in Sarawak against the continued violations of their Native Customary Rights (NCR). It was held as a reminder to our people to appreciate their rights, livelihoods, traditions and culture that are closely tied to the forests, which have now been largely destroyed by logging companies. (more…)

September 5, 2010

A distant cry for help from the jungle

NONEBy Sim Kwang Yang

The year was 1993, and I was serving my third term as an opposition member of parliament (MP) of Bandar Kuching.

In the Malaysian context at the time, the core of an MP’s job was to service the constituency, by solving the little problems created by inefficient administration, like looking after blocked drains, neglected garbage collection, and attending to minor daily problems faced by the constituents. That was how politicians saw their roles in Malaysians’ daily lives.

But I had different ideas about politics. I believed that the duty of our Wakil Rakyat was to serve the whole nation, and in the context of Sarawak, to serve all the people in the state. Therefore, I devoted my energies throughout the 1990s to the contentious battle to protect the forests of my home state, Sarawak. It was a tough job, because nobody was interested in environmental protection, and the powerful timber interests made sure that we were denied access to the mass communication media. (more…)

September 2, 2010

Winning Dayak hearts and minds – by blackmail?

bn supreme council mt meeting sapp sabah issue 190608 taib mahmudBy Keruah Usit

The political-timber industrial complex in Sarawak has resorted to the unusual tactic of blackmail to win the hearts and minds of the natives in the run-up to the forthcoming state elections.

State Minister for Infrastructure Development and Communications Michael Manyin raised eyebrows on Aug 30 with a public warning to fellow Bidayuh to vote for the Barisan Nasional (BN) – or else, according to a report in the local daily Borneo Post, headlined Bidayuhs have much to lose if they don’t vote BN.

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September 1, 2010

A flower for the Penan

By Sim Kwang Yang

This is a record of my struggle for and with the Penan people, specifically with a group of 15 villages, now still living in the remote jungles of the Baram region in northern Sarawak. The year was 1993.

The protest movement that we started has since grown in strength, and thanks to the reach of the Internet, the cry of pain from the far flung, God-forsaken forest can now be heard everywhere. Though I have given up active politics due to ill health, many new Green warriors have joined the fray and kept the issue alive.

It is not easy to keep the Penan issue alive. The Penans live in remote forests, and we have to cover great distances to overcome the physical and cultural barriers to connect the Penans with the rest of the world. (more…)

August 31, 2010

‘1Dayak’ – defending the land?

By Apang and John Riwang

We wish to make another important point: when any group of people decides to build a united front, it can only mean a “united front against whom/what?” In this case, who or what does ‘1Dayak’ represent, and against whom/what? We believe by identifying this, it could illuminate the crux of such a formation. As reported in the same article in The Borneo Post as pointed out yesterday, such a principle did not seem to exist.

Interestingly, the issue of land was mentioned and somehow, it was implied that this could be an issue that 1Dayak should take on. But it stopped short of saying “against whom/what?” should we take on this land issue? Jeffrey Kitingan told The Borneo Post that “There should be a body to centralize our issues especially when it comes to land.” (more…)

Samling threatens Penan with retaliations over rape allegations

BRUNO MANSER FUND, BASEL / SWITZERLAND
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…)

Merdeka reflection

By Sim Kwang Yang

The hysterically joyful ambience is reaching a feverish crescendo in the media, as if the entire country of Malaysia has erupted into an explosive national celebration that marks our 53rd independence anniversary.

For weeks and days on end, the government TV channels and the politically owned dailies have been saturated with images and symbols of fervent nationalism, replete with the usual accolade paid to past leaders, patriotic songs, and an unabashed orgy of self-congratulation on how well we have done as a nation in the last half century, and how citizens ought to be grateful for all this good fortune.  (more…)

August 28, 2010

Small town justice leaves boy in a fix

NONEBy Keruah Usit

Football, the ‘beautiful game’, can turn ugly at times. An altercation over an ostensibly friendly game of football has led to disturbing allegations of police brutality in the small rural town of Lawas in northeastern Sarawak.

Salutan Buayeh, a village committee member in the Lun Bawang community of Long Pengalih, has reported that his nephew, a schoolboy, had been arrested, beaten and threatened by policemen in Lawas, following a seemingly innocuous argument over football.

Salutan (right) told the Sarawak Indigenous News website on Aug 10 that his nephew had been kept in a police cell for two nights, but had not been investigated nor charged with any crime.

“We villagers are not satisfied because the schoolboy did not commit any wrongdoing,” he remonstrated.
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New blockades in Sarawak against pipeline threat

By Joseph Sipalan

Indigenous tribes are putting up more blockades in Sarawak’s northern region, but this time it is to stop a new threat to their precarious existence.

While the Penans and other tribes continue their fight against oil palm plantations and timber giants, they face another hostile front in the form of the 500km-long Sarawak-Sabah Gas Pipeline (SSGP) linking an upcoming oil and gas terminal in neighbouring Kimanis, Sabah to the liquefied natural gas (LNG) complex in Bintulu.

Indigenous Network of Malaysia (JOAS) president Adrian Lasimbang said numerous blockades have been set up by locals along the pipeline route, including in Lawas and Long Nyakit in Baram.

The local media also carried reports earlier this month on several blockades, including one in Ba Kelalan which held up construction work. (more…)

August 20, 2010

Norway divests shares in logging giant Samling

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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…)

WE CAN’T EAT THE ROAD

Episode three of Sarawak Gone’s, The Dam, the Bidayuh travel to the Bakun Dam resettlement scheme and hear from the resettled Kenyah at Sungai Asap about their experiences and see first hand the results of resettlement. They also meet with Iban at Rumah Agi who fought to retain customary right to their own land in the face of palm oil exploitation.

Bakun dam ready, but pledges to natives unfulfilled

NONEBy Aidila Razak

The construction of the Bakun Hydroelectric Dam may soon be over, with impoundment said to take place soon.

But the woes of the indigenous community forced to leave their ancestral home to make way for the multi-billion ringgit dam more than a decade ago have yet to be resolved.

Instead of the ‘development’ promised in 1998, said Kenyah lawyer Abun Sui Anyit, the 10,000-odd people have only experienced “reverse development” with living conditions continuing to slide.

“Nothing much has changed. When we lived in our original longhouses we had access to clinics and schools too. The difference is now we have gone ‘negative’ with so many bills to pay,” he said. (more…)

August 17, 2010

Taib Mahmud stuck in a time-warp

taib mahmud and sarawak timber kickbacks 2By Keruah Usit

Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud has courted further controversy by releasing an edited transcript of an interview he gave to an Oxford radio station during a recent marketing trip sponsored by his family.

In the interview, he rejected criticism leveled against his state government by NGOs on the ‘Penan issue’.

According to Bernama, Taib spoke with “regret” of the attention given by “unfriendly” NGOs, particularly foreign ones, to the plight of the Penan. He avoided any direct reference to the sexual abuse of Penan girls by loggers, as documented by a federal government ministerial task force.
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August 11, 2010

Winds of political change blow through Sarawak

By AFP

An opposition party poster hanging in a Penan tribal chieftain’s wooden longhouse deep in Malaysia’s rainforests signals winds of political change blowing across Borneo island.

The Penan are among the most disadvantaged of Malaysia’s indigenous people, and have for decades fought a one-sided war against the powerful logging and plantation firms that are obliterating their ancestral land.

But a political transformation in Malaysia, which threatens to unseat the coalition that has ruled for half a century, has put the Borneo island states of Sabah and Sarawak in a powerful position.

And the poster in the Penan longhouse, promoting the leaders of the Democratic Action Party — one of a trio that make up the opposition alliance — is the sort of thing that has the government worried. (more…)

August 6, 2010

Modern Day Slavery

By CJ

Where there is demand there will be a supply: the law of economics applies even here, in the highly organised, lucrative and exploitative business of human trafficking.

In July, Kuching police trumpeted that they had smashed a baby-selling and human trafficking ring. A total of eight children, aged between one month and 12 years, were allegedly rescued from various locations around the city. A total of 17 people, including a Datuk and his wife, have been remanded and released on bail.

So far, no charges have been leveled against any of them at the time of writing this article.

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August 3, 2010

Penan rapes demand a prompt national response

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By Salbiah Ahmad

It was hard not to miss the consistent media reports since the end of 2009 to date on the sexual abuse of Penan women and girls. What was more distressing was the government inertia in responding promptly to the reported abuses, despite a government task force supporting the allegations of rape and sexual abuse.

It is unclear if the report is an official secret as that report is still not on any government website. These are the hiccups associated with the BN government’s fear of dissemination of information that has the public giving the thumbs-up to Selangor’s FOI enactment.

The delay in releasing the task force report is disquieting. The reason for the delay could be that Malaysia’s UPR (universal periodic review) was due in February 2009 before the Human Rights Council (HRC). Malaysia’s country report did mention the task force to “investigate the report of alleged sexual harassment and abuse of Penan women in Sarawak by logging company workers”.  (more…)

August 1, 2010

Inside Taib

By Bunga Pakma

This has been a very interesting season indeed. In the past four weeks more accurate knowledge about the depredations of Taib has come into open than in the past three decades. Then just last week the rat finally crawled out of his hole and in amazement we watched him scurry around a kitchen in Oxford. He’s done nothing of the kind ever before.

Quite apart from all the plunder committed by Taib and now documented for us all in names, places and figures, what intrigued me most was what these revelations and actions say about Taib the man, a human being on his journey from birth to death like the rest of us. In short, I want to psychologize him. (more…)

July 31, 2010

Masing ‘the good storyteller’ fails to defend indefensible Taib

By Apang and John Riwang

So James anak Masing was in England, accompanying his white-haired lord Taib Mahmud. Taib had been whacked during this overseas trip, and so we made an interesting discovery, via Bernama, that James Masing is a great storyteller himself.

No matter how our cynical minds work, we are sure we aren’t the only ones to expect James Masing be the first to jump to Taib’s defense, following his lord’s unceremonious entrance and exit at Oxford University.

Since Taib is someone who is often spoilt with grand entrances and exits wherever he goes, with no shortage of boys and girls with wagging tails rushing to kiss his hand, we hope that he managed to keep his blood pressure under control. Or at least that he managed to endure the slight dent to his ego. (more…)

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.
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July 29, 2010

Photo Clip of Oxford Protest

By salakkan

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July 28, 2010

S’wak govt always ready to discuss Penan issue: Dr Masing

By The star

The Sarawak state government is always ready to engage with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to discuss the Penan issue, Land Development Minister Datuk Seri Dr James Masing said.

He said the state government has been engaging with NGOs from all over the world, including the United Kingdom and the European Union, through discussions and site visits on how it handled the Penan people.

“We have nothing to hide and what we are doing now is for the good of the community,” he said on the sidelines of the Inaugural Oxford Global Islamic Branding and Marketing Forum here Tuesday. (more…)

British MPs write to Taib on abuse of Penan

By MalNONEaysiakini

British members of parliament have written to Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud expressing their concern over the sexual abuse of Penan women and girls and the marginalisation of the Penan.

Speaking for the British parliament’s All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Tribal Peoples, its chairperson Martin Horwood (right) in a letter to coincide with Taib’svisit to the UK this week expressed the group’s concern for the new cases that have emerged of rape and sexual abuse of Penan women and girls.

Horwood also asked that Taib “take steps to ensure that Penan women and girls are protected from sexual violence and the perpetrator of such abuse brought to justice.”

Since 2008 when reports first emerged in the mainstream media of Penan women and girls being subjected to rape and abuse at the hands of logging workers, criticisms have been levelled at the Taib government for failing to acknowledge and investigate the crimes.

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July 27, 2010

Keris-armed Orang Asli ready to battle for land rights

By FMT

The Orang Asli are prepared to unsheathe their keris to defend their land and rights from “invaders” as a desperate act of resistance.

If they don’t fight, they fear they have to answer to their angry ancestors in the hereafter.

However, these humble and unassuming indigenous people prefer not to resort to violence. Instead, they want to battle the Selangor government in court for failing to protect them from the encroaching outsiders who have gobbled up their ancestral land.

They want to take the Selangor government to court next month for failing to act on their behalf against the injustice that had been perpetrated on them since 1990. (more…)

July 22, 2010

Lies, damned lies and official denials

By Pak Bui

It is now clear that rural girls and women, Penan and other Dayaks, have been raped and violated by loggers. It has also been shown that the loggers are able to abuse the rural womenfolk, because the logging companies enjoy immunity from the laws obeyed by the rest of us.

The Penan Support Group (PSG) has explained in intricate detail the domination of rural areas enjoyed by logging companies, thanks to the support of the political elite.

The loggers behave as if they were untouchable, because the state authorities, in collusion with the federal BN government, have not come anywhere near to a competent and unbiased investigation of the sexual violence and the political corruption in their businesses.

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July 21, 2010

Penans not ‘NOBLE SAVAGES’ but our ‘FELLOW BEINGS’

By Sim Kwang Yang

The political, cultural, and journalistic climate in Malaysia has improved after all, and the long-suffering Penans have begun to attract national attention.

While I was the sole opposition MP in Sarawak, I began to take on the lonely cause of fighting for the indigenous people of my homeland. There was massive infringement then of their land rights, first from loggers, and then from the plantations.

No newspaper in Sarawak dared carry any of the news and press statements because of their fear of Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud. He was and still is the big patron behind the loggers, the plantation companies, and most other big businesses, including those that owned the newspapers.

The national press was also not in the least interested in this issue for reasons best known to themselves. Massive numbers of the native people in Sarawak suffered untold misery of dislocation and marginalisation in silence for decades. (more…)

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