Penans Plight as the Big 50th Approaches

Posted: August 28, 2007 in Freedom of Speech

Penans of Sarawak continue to struggle, continue to fight for their right to live in their homeland( please read
<“Malaysiakini on Blockades to Protect Penans Last Frontier”>) …The right to be a Malaysian. As Malaysia reaches her big 50, I wish that we would reflect on where we have been and how far we have come. Is it right that our people still have to struggle for their basic rights? Is it fair that our people are labeled and remarked as rebellious just because they want to live on the land that they were born and bred on? Why do they still have to mane timber blockades to stop these timber fellows on moving in …their homes…their lives? Are we not civilized enough to understand what we are expecting of our people? Are we not human enough to recognize their plights? Are we risking our people’s right to live in the name of “so call development”? What are we risking here? We definitely need to look back and ask ourselves,

At the Bangsa Malaysia forum last weekend, a man stood up and said Bangsa Malaysia is not just about including Indians,a Malays and Chinese but the many other tribes in Malaysia like the Kadazans, Ibans, Punjabi, Bidayuh, Serani, Baba-Nyonya, Penans and the list goes on.. We need to remember that Malaysian do not just represent the majority of the country but every single living soul regardless of how small their tribe is as they are like us Malaysians.

What can we do? How can we help?If you have any idea or know what can be done. Do drop me a comment.

If you can spare some time do visit;

<“Center for Orang Asli Concerns in Malaysia”>

  1. OMG says:

    Its sad what is happening in Sarawak and the Penans, due to business interests of the Government of the day. What went wrong was the same party, the same people being in power for too long, until they believed that they are the king of the land, that they ruled over the rakyat, enriching them and their cronies, at the expense of the little people, just like what is happening in UMNO.
    UMNO is especially a danger because of their race based politics, and racial and religious supremacism, and boy are they proud of it!
    There’s still hope, when they are people like you, who are willing to take a stand, who is not afraid to speak out and be counted.

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