UK all-parliamentary group chief writes to Taib

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The chairman of the British parliament’s All Party Parliamentary Group for Tribal peoples, MP Martin Horwood, has written to Taib Mahmud expressing concern about the plight of the Penan as the Sarawak chief minister arrived in the UK.

Protest against Taib Mahmud
A barrage of placards greeted Taib at Oxford University’s Said Business School this morning – Photo credit: Survival

Martin Horwood, MP - Photo source: Wikipedia

“The Penan have frequently been subject to violence and intimidation at the hands of loggers operating on their land… Without recognition of their land rights, the Penan are struggling to provide for themselves, and are left vulnerable to violence and exploitation,” Horwood wrote, according to Survival, the movement for tribal peoples.

Horword asked Taib to “halt logging and other developments on the Penan’s land without their free, prior and informed consent, according to international law” and to “ensure that Penan women and girls are protected from sexual violence and the perpetrators of such abuse brought to justice”.

Full letter on the Survival website here (.pdf format).

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C

Why did the Chinese by and large not vote for BN? Because it’s corrupt. Plain and simple. Let’s call a spade a spade. And BN showed how corrupt it was during the campaign by throwing bribes to the electorate, including baiting a Chinese school in Rasa by promising RM3 million should it win the by-election. The Chinese were not alone in seeing this corruption. The figures are unofficial but one could assume that at least 40 per cent of Malays and 45 per cent of Indians who voted against BN in that by-election also had their eyes open. So, what’s… Read more »

Pearl

UK’s “all-parliamentary group chief” writes to Taib.

As if it matters.

As if Taib will shake with fear.

Bako Boy

If everyone adopts a pessimistic view like you, Pek Moh will continue to thrive. We should snowball the protest into a global event to make known to all that Penan people are (losing) their land, livelihood and dignity under Taib’s mahmud administration, that is only primed for wealth of the (well-connected).

Pearl

I am not pessimistic. I am just being real.

Who is that “UK all-parliamentary group chief” guy?

What power does that guy has?

Why should Taib even heed that Mr. Nobody from that sub-standard nation?

Salak

You have a point, Pearl.

About Taib. He’s so indignant of things decent, that had he been sober enough to let really a solid character to be in his place at the function, Halal products and Islamic branding might have scored something. He would have made things difficult for PR to do decently in the coming State Elections. Now? He’s done the opposition a favor!

What to do, lor! Kind of a terrible self-fulling act!

Charlie Oscar

Pearl

You are not helping the cause with your opinion and attitude. If you are too realistic, BN will continue to rule for anotehr 50 years. Please break away from the paradigm and encourage the young voters to speak up.

We shall mobilise the people of Sarawak to stand up agaisnt … Taib.

amoker

Actually, not only the Penans are suffering. the Orang Ulus, the ibans and kelabits are also in the same quandary. The Penans are worst due to the challenge in reaching them

Future4M

I STRONGLY BELIEVE GE12 HAS CHANGED MALAYSIA FOR THE BETTER, THE RESULT HAS GIVEN FAITH, CONFIDENCE AND BELIEVE TO RAKYAT IT’S POSSIBLE TO CHANGE THE GOVERNMENT AND DENY BN 2/3 MAJORITY, IT MAY EVEN REPLACE THE BN IN GE13 TO CHANGE THE WAY THINGS MUST BE DONE IN THIS NATION FOR ALL. NO ONE CAN CHALLENGE THE UNIVERSAL FORCES WHICH IS FAIR, JUST AND HARMONY. THE TIME WILL COME. I BELIEVE THE TIME IS NOW FOR THE SARAWAKIANS AND SABAHANS TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND DO THE THING RIGHT ONCE FOR ALL FOR YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN. ALTERNATIVE GOVERNMENT…….YOU… Read more »

fedup

Yes, thanks to taib and his vanity he has now created interest in his activities in s’wak to the world. Oxford will probably face some credibility issues now as a result of this for they have opened up a can of worms! Heads in oxford will roll! taib has undoubtedly shot himself in the foot this time and he can kiss his honorary doctorate goodbye, which might be the reason for this ‘do’ in the UK! Question is, who is paying for all these hoohaa! What a PR disaster! It just goes to show the arrogance and stupidity of the… Read more »

kee

Great!!! The white man wrote to the white hair, finally.

Anak Bakun, the Penan didnt walk but they crawl on their own land… How sad !!!

The poor are always being exploited and the rich are getting richer each day… Sigh !!!

wandereAUS

What amused most bystanders was Westerners were kicking a big fuss when Malaysian timber companies were felling trees…because it affected world warming!….but, when it came to the plight of Penan people, little interest was shown by both the British public or the University students…this is “White men” hypocrisy and selfishness at their best!!

MalaysianMan

hey, where you want to hide… Taib.

moko

Sarawak used to be the land of the headhunter, now it the land of White_hair

Anak Bakun

The Penan walk while Taib flies around in his Cessna Citation X Executive Jet or his Bell Helicopter!!! The Penan lose their forest resources while (Taib’s) … family… companies (thrive) worldwide. Not bad. Malaysia Boleh!

Eloi

Thank you CM!
Sarawak CM has done a big favour to the Penans by highlighting their issues to a bigger audience. Maybe he should crawl back to his cocoon and think twice about giving speeches overseas again.
Barisan Nasional leaders and cronies on a roll, making a fool of themselves on a global scale.