Hornbill Unleashed

July 25, 2010

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…)

September 13, 2009

Clearing the air on the “mysterious” NGOs – on a lazy Malaysian Sunday

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By Sim Kwang yang

Penan IR Who LiesFinally, the truth is out: Penan girls had been raped by timber camp workers, according to the official reports put out by the task force appointed by the federal Ministry of Women, Family, and Community Development.

The official report had been ready and approved by the federal cabinet in April I hear, but has not seen the light of day until a group of PKR Wanita protestors led by their chief  Hajjah Zuraidah went to the office of the Minister.  There were promptly given a copy.

The report confirming the rape of very young Penan school girls is like a slap on the face of the Sarawak Ministers who had denied such rapes ever happened.  But some people have very thick skin on their face; they do not feel the heat of the slap, even when they are soundly slapped.

Alfred JabuThe Deputy Chief Minister and Minister in charge of Penan affairs Alfred Jabu promptly questioned the findings of the task force, blaming the mysterious hands of the NGOs in influencing the outcome of the task force’s investigations.

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September 3, 2009

Why the Penan Blockades

A testimony by Harrison Ngau Laing, former Member of the Malaysian Parliament and now a native land rights lawyer based in Miri, Sarawak:

Dear All,

logo SAMIts very interesting and indeed refreshing to hear and read of our diverse views and comments on the decision of and action by our penan brothers and sisters in “re-setting” their blockades and on the so-called dialogue held between them and YB Lihan Jok, the Resident of Miri Division and the Ketua Polis Daerah Baram recently on the same subject.

In 1987, I was working with the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) (environmental organisation) Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) based in Marudi, Baram and it was at our office there that the penans came to lodge the same complaints that they were making today which forced them to set up their blockades then, which complaints concerned the blatant disrespect for their rights over their lands and forests, the pollution of their rivers,disappearance of wildlife which they hunt, the intimidations from gangsters paid by the companies whenever they try to protest, damages done to their burial grounds, the bias of the government against them in favour of the companies, ignoring their complaints as above, etc.

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August 28, 2009

NGOs demand respect for natives’ rights in stalled “legal timber” agreement

By MC Wong

Vincent PiketAmbassador and head of the European Union (EU) delegation in Malaysia, Vincent Piket, said on August 19, “EU hopes to sign a bilateral Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) with Malaysia, by year-end, to promote the trade in legally produced and harvested timber.”

Piket first announced, a year ago, that under the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) plan, the EU is preparing to sign an agreement with Malaysia which would be ready by the end of 2008.

In January 2009, he told the media that the VPA would be signed in three or four months. Four months later, at the end of April, he said again that the EU and Malaysia were finalising timber trade talks to ensure sustainability and legality of output. (more…)

June 15, 2009

What ought we expect from an MP in Parliament?

By Sim Kwang Yang

Wan Junaidi Tuanku JaafarDeputy Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar (right) has stirred up a hornet’s nest by criticising Sarawak MPs for being less than vocal in the parliament.  That riled up his parliamentary colleagues from Sarawak, who called his words “sweeping statements”.  The Batang Sadong MP Nancy Shukri was particularly unhappy.

Some credibility has to be given to Wan Junaidi because he is the Deputy Speaker who helps the Speaker in chairing the house proceedings.  He would know.

I served in the Dewan Rakyat for three terms as MP of Bandar Kuching from 1982 to 1995.  With some exceptions, including Wan Junaidi, Sarawak MPs were indeed a meek quiet lot.  That trend has probably not change since then.

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