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Police dismantle Penan logging road blockade

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Last Saturday, 22 October, at 10.00am, eight Malaysian police officers, two forest department officials and three Interhill staff jointly dismantled the Penan blockade in Sarawak’s middle Baram region, reports the BMF Team.

13 October 2011: A four-wheel drive stopped by the Penan at Ba Bunau, Middle Baram (Photograph: BMF)

After the dismantlement, Interhill logging company passed the blockade site with heavy machines.

Despite the dismantlement of the blockade, the Penan are maintaining their demands to the Sarawak government and to Interhill logging. Penan spokesperson Lakei Jaau said the Penan have the following five demands:

  • The government of Sarawak must recognize the native customary rights of the Penan by withdrawing the timber companies’ licences.
  • The companies should immediately stop working on the NCR land of Long Item, Long Kawi and Ba Abang.
  • The company concerned must shut down Camp Kabeng and clean the rivers and areas that have been polluted with toxic materials.
  • The government of Sarawak must immediately order the company to stop their workers from entering the affected villages without the permission of the kelunan pina (everyone’s consent).
  • The Federal and Sarawak Governments must solve the longstanding problems of birth certificates and ICs of Penans and with the direct participation of the Penans.

The Penan are protesting agains the unjustified police action and are pointing to the fact that they have challenged the legality of the current logging activities in a court case filed in December 2009.

Source: The BMF team

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alan newman, new zealand
alan newman, new zealand
10 Oct 2012 6.24pm

They have destroyed the lives of over a million Sarawakians. … We’ve reached the brink. We will do all we can to (bring those responsible to justice)… Just wait and see.

Twitter quote: ‘Mubarak cried and resisted leaving the helicopter that took him to prison.’ Alan Newman, NZ.http://www.transparency.org/country#NZL

I speak under NZ’s credentials – rated No. 1 in the world for non-corruption.

alan newman, new zealand
alan newman, new zealand
10 Oct 2012 6.22pm

… all PBB/BN cronies… Even a kid can see the total lack of morals among these … God ‘s punishment comes like it did to Ceausescu, Mussolini, Saddam, Ben Ali, Gaddaffi, Philippines’ Arroyo, Mubarak, and Assad. Just watch…

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