Indigenous protesters confront International Hydropower Association executive director Richard Taylor during an IHA conference in Kuching.
Komas hosts a discussion on marginalised communities and the coming general election.
An ex-Star journalist who wrote an article on the rape of Penan females is upset with her former paper for apologising to a timber company over her article. She claims the daily had failed to consult her about the apology.
Hydro Tasmania, acting as a dam consultant, is helping Sarawak build more dams, which could displace natives, while a Sarawak timber firm, after extensive logging in Sarawak, is now involved in the timber industry in Tasmania. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoDxRfbRy1k&feature=relmfu
“As long as there are huge man-eating crocodiles in rivers to blame, the political and corporate crocodiles of Sarawak will continue feasting – unconscionably – upon the lives of the poor.”
Residents are facing the prospect of demolition of their homes and eviction even though their case is now in the Appeals Court. See the Youtube clip here by citizen journalist B H Leow.
The state government is doing the right thing in trying to provide alternative housing for the Rumah Hijau, Mak Mandin settlers.
A memorial vigil for Mey Sichan, a Cambodian domestic worker found starved to death, was harassed by a few hecklers at Speakers’ Square in Penang yesterday evening.
Update (17 April): Good news! The residents of Kampung Boundary 5 in Air Itam, Penang, today succeeded in obtaining a stay order from the court pending the outcome of the hearing of their case proper. Their village has thus been saved from demolition – for the time being. 14 April — Take note of this term: ‘development-induced displaced persons’ (DIDPs) – you will be hearing more and more about such communities across the country including in Penang.