While the scandal around the Mulu National Park is brewing there is another scandal happening just outside its doorstep: At Long Terawan and a few villages around it -the oil palm company KTS Pusaka has taken over 800 000 hectares of NCR lands by securing the village chief’s consent, but notably ignoring the majority of the villagers and other ethnic groups like the Penans. The agreement between the company and the Terawan chief has been kept away from the villagers. See the video here.
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The Penan Pre-school fund had collected Rm53000.00 so far from 83 donors, only another Rm2000.00 away from the target. The project has trained 2 local teachers to start teaching the 100 over students at 2 schools, from January next year. The schools are located at Middle Baram at Long Item and Long Pakan.
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.
From the facebook of Penan Education Fund the fund collected so far is RM50k, still short by RM5k. They hope to call a press conference to announce the fund collection on Nov 22-and hope that the full amount can come in by Nov 19th. The fund is meant to set up pre-school education for Penan kids in Long Itam and other settlements in Ulu Baram. More info here.
As of now the Penans community who are recognised as the most marginalised ethnic group in Sarawak are getting these development goodies-not from the government but from the friendly NGOs grouped around the Penans Support Group:
1. Pre-school education in a few long houses-teachers’ training to start soon;
2. A 4-wheel drive for middle Baram Penans(RM90k raised-need more)
Their lands, their forests, their home were destroyed. They are the indigenous rakyat (Orang Asal) in Middle-Baram, Sarawak. They are Malaysians.
They respect the nature, they respect the jungle; their life depends on the jungle, they live harmoniously with the jungle.
So the broken promises by the government has lost Pennas’ faith in the local reps-they want to see the big boss-CM Taib! Look like the Penans have shown themselves to be wiser citizens than many voters who(mis)take the government promises as their solution. Actually the test of the pudding is in the eating…
By Joseph Tawie(Malaysian Mirror)
This is a recollection of a 3-term MP on how he first got to put the marginalised Penans to the Kuching media-in 1994! May be West Malaysian public should also start to hear these folks from the very interior of Sarawak.
By Sim Kwang Yang(Hornbill Unleashed)
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.