The Malaysian High Commissioner to the UK has come under criticism for his remarks that the Penan issue is trivial.
Zakaria Sulong provoked the ire of environmentalists and indigenous rights campaigners when he described the plight of the Penan in the same breath as other “petty issues like animals in zoos”.
Much of the Penan’s traditional rainforests homeland has been degraded and they are still struggling for their native customary rights to their land to be upheld.
But Zakaria was quoted as saying their plight was “petty”.
His remarks were publishing in a report in the Borneo Post
Many non-government organisations (NGOs) in the United Kingdom who are said to be championing the cause of Malaysia including Sarawak have hidden and personal agendas, says the Malaysian High Commissioner to the UK – Datuk Seri Zakaria Sulong.
“What we do is collect reports on all the good and bad things written or said about the country and send them back to Malaysia. Issues range from politics to petty issues like animals in zoos and the Penans in Sarawak.
His comments provoked a stern rebuke from the Swiss-based Bruno Manser Fund, which called on Zakaria to resign.