Hornbill Unleashed

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…)

April 29, 2009

International Shame

Ill-treatments of Penan attract global attention

The longer the government keeps a lid on the task force findings report commissioned by the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development to investigate into the allegations of Penan women been sexually abused by loggers operating on their land, the more attention and criticisms it will draw from the international communities. Survival International, a renowned UK-based international organization supporting tribal peoples worldwide through education, advocacy and campaigns, released this statement Government urged to release findings on sexual abuse of Penan women on their website most recently.

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Survival International campaigner Miriam Ross who returned to London earlier this month from a trip to the Borneo rainforests in Sarawak to investigate the plight of the Penan tribe and to find out about their struggle for survival, have spoken to Ruth Walker of Scotland on Sunday and Frances Tamburin of The Guardian Weekly.

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April 9, 2009

Survival International: Stop devastation of Penan lands

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Survival International, a renowned UK-based international organization supporting tribal peoples worldwide through education, advocacy and campaigns, today warned that logging, oil palm plantations and hydroelectric dams are and will destroy the last remaining Sarawak rainforests and threaten the basic survival of the hunter-gatherer Penan tribe.

In a press statement released this week, its campaigner Miriam Ross has just returned from a trip to the Borneo rainforests in Sarawak to investigate the plight of the Penan tribe and to find out about their struggle for survival.

Ross says, ‘It was terrifying to see the devastation of the Penan’s land, and all the more so to know how quickly it is happening. I went to Penan communities where the loggers have taken so much of the forest that the animals have gone and the Penan have real difficulty finding food.

‘Where the forests have already been logged to death, they are being replaced with oil palm plantations for biofuels and other uses. Oil palm is even worse for the Penan than the logging, because the plantations leave no space for them to hunt or gather. Their way of life becomes impossible.

‘And this is not all. A series of twelve huge hydroelectric dams is planned for Sarawak, and will submerge the villages of Penan and other indigenous people. The first dam is already under construction, and the Penan in the area have been told they have to leave. (more…)

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