Archive for November 20th, 2010
Why the Penan set up blockades
The indigenous group wants the government to gazette their village forest reserves as Communal Forests and to stop logging companies from encroaching into their land, says Ajang Kiew.
We would like to make some clarifications about the five blockades which have been set up by Penan communities in Baram recently to avoid any misunderstanding on the part of other parties. The villages which are involved in this blockade are Long Sayan and Long Belok in Sungai Apoh, Long Lutin in Sungai Patah, Long Kevok in Sungai Layun, Tutoh and the nomadic group Ba’ Bevan in Sungai Si’ang, Tutoh.
Here we would like to explain why those blockades were set up.
Stop plantations within Murum Dam catchment
The Peleiran-Murum Penan Affairs Committee has called on the government to revoke provisional leases to plantation firms at the Murum Dam catchment area.
Press Release from Radio Free Sarawak
Radio Free Sarawak gets seal of approval from BN minister James Masing
Speaking in a set piece interview on the Rajang River log jam disaster, broadcast Friday 19th November on Radio Free Sarawak , James Masing, who is the Iban representative of the area and a senior minister in Taib’s BN government said that he welcomed the new radio station’s arrival on the scene.
Radio Free Sarawak has kicked up a storm from listeners and internet downloaders from all over the world. So far there are positive reception reports from all over the world-but reception in the most crucial target areas in Sarawak’s interior remain unclear! There are positive reception reports from Japan, Russia, Turkmenistan, Dubai, Australia etc. There are also positive reception reports from Lawas and Pantu. However the listeners from Selangau and Simunjan are still scratching their head/ears!
Radio Free Sarawak (see side bar logo for link) aired an interview with James Masing who insist that the scadalous log-jam on Rajang river 1 month ago was an human error which come from the loggers as well as the dereliction of duty of 2 relevant ministries ie the Ministry of environment and the forestry. So why not make these guilty folks pay for their gargantuan errors? Their errors had been estimated to cost millions of loses to the people around Rajang River-including inconveniences of transport for a week, damages to several jetties and even a death due to the delay in transport. In conducting a `miring’ to appease the god the picture was distorted: the wrong people are asked to ask for forgiveness from the god! Certainly it was not the tuai rumah who were victims of illegal logging who should ask for forgiveness from the god!