Last Friday a Lun Bawang youth Edwin Singa Pelipus was murdered by some gang in Lawas town center-this sparked off a few days of peaceful mass protest by the Lun Bawang community, wo have been fed up with rising crime in Lawas and police’s negligence about it(police are quite active againt protest by Lun Bawang eg against the Sabah Sarawak Gas Pipeline) . Most of the main stream and side stream media seems to avoid the news for whatever reason. Those that cover it try to paint it as a racial and violent prone action. Eg Borneo Post `reported’ Malay community rally crowd to `confront’ the Lun Bawang-without a shred of evidence. Unfortunately some `neutral’ alternative media picked this up in the well practiced cut and paste `journalism’. Readers who don’t check out local reports/blogs tend to be taken in-with some even thought it would be a good idea to cover up some `ugly incidence’. The cold-blooded murder and the breach of security seems to meet a conspiracy to side-track them! Security will be a top election issue-no matter how media cover up this issue. TV Sarawak had documented a complaint of a local Lun Bawang from Long Sukang that Lawas police was negligent and even complicit in mis-handling minor foot-ball fights by students. The mistreatment of the student involved was brought to court with assistance by the local Assemblyman Baru Bian and their complaint was upheld by the court recently. The police that allow drugs and gangs to run free in Lawas is now on hot-seat to deliver justice. Don’t let the issue be side-tracked-or worse-covered up!
This is an update from Paul Bian:
Update from Lawas. (26th September 2012)
The protest organised by the Lawas community yesterday went successfully without any incident. They March to the Police station to submit a memorandum demanding Justice for the brutally murdered victim, the late Edwin Singa Pelipus. There was no riots in Lawas as was alleged by some. The Police Chief of Lawas thanked the organiser for the peaceful event and promise to look into their grouses. Among the content of memorandum are
1. Request the police to investigate this brutal case swiftly without prejudice. (The group responsible for the murder have several criminal cases connected to them but no charge was ever brought against them until now. There is allegation that this group have ‘protection’ from higher up).
2. Rid Lawas of the drug menace (Syabu). ( Its seems that the suspect were high on drug while committing the murder)
3. They want to stress that the protest is about demanding for justice and has nothing to do with race or religion. ( Among the 13 suspect under police remand now is an Iban youth and a Lun Bawang youth.)
We urge the public not to listen to rumors of racial clashes in Lawas. Lawas town is back to normal today and we urge everyone to remain calm and do not listen to rumors or spread rumors about racial clashes happening in Lawas.
All the Lawas community wants is Peace and Harmony