Few Malaysians may have heard of him but that in no way takes anything away from the towering stature of the legendary Penan leader, Along Sega, who passed away on 2 February 2011.
He was an outspoken leader of the Penan’s struggle against the timber firms that encroached into native customary rights lands from the 1980s.
Some time before his death, he revealed he was trying to teach the younger generation spearhead the Penan struggle for land rights: “When I die, they will continue our struggle because I asked them not to give up.”
We did not see any tribute in the local mainstream media. For that, we have to look further afield, like here in the Sydney Morning Herald.
For another tribute to Along Sega, have a look at the Aliran website.