Hornbill Unleashed

October 8, 2013

What we must learn from Kalimatan

Eka Tjipta Widjaja 1Apang

Vitalis Andi is a local Kalimantan leader, the Secretary General of the Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance of Jalai Kendawangan (AMA-JK) and a journalist with Kalimantan Review. He supports and reports on the various socio-economic, cultural, Adat, environmental and human rights programmes involving the Dayak communities throughout Kalimantan Barat, or West Kalimantan.

Japin is a Dayak community leader living in the Silat Hulu village in the Ketapang District of Kalimantan Barat. In April 2008, Japin and his community found their ancestral lands had been taken over by a subsidiary company of Sinar Mas, a conglomerate owned by Indonesia’s richest man, the 90-year-old billionaire Eka Tjipta Widjaja. (Right) (more…)

October 7, 2013

“Same same”, yet Sarawak and Kalimantan are miles apart

Sun setting over Kapuas RiverApang

It was some two decades ago when I first visited Pontianak in Kalimantan Barat, or Kalbar as Indonesians call it. Kalimantan is administratively, and perhaps politically, carved into five regions: Kalimantan Barat, Tengah Utara, Selatan and Timor.

Sarawak and Kalimantan share the island of Borneo, partitioned by the British and Dutch colonial occupiers. The division is not only physical in nature, but has socio-cultural and political consequences, felt until today.

One must refer to these historical facts and the subsequent divergent ideological and political leanings of both countries over our shared history, to attempt to answer the question “I wonder why the Indonesian and Malaysian states continue to have flare-ups now and then over supposed border disputes, and over the mistreatment of migrant workers in Malaysia.” (more…)

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