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Land rights organizers arrested & offices raided
January 6th, 2011

Arrested for protecting his own land?
December 6th, 2010
Mohamed Idris statement on intimidation 6 Dec 2010

High Court affirms Native Customary Rights for Malays
November 17th, 2010

Baram people against proposed dam
Baram Protection Action Committee
November 13th, 2010

Sarawak govt urges communities to drop lawsuits to protect customary lands
by Joseph TawieFree Malaysia Today
November 1st, 2010

Ibans sue logging company
by Joseph TawieFree Malaysia Today
November 1st, 2010

Mighty Rajang River
October 29th, 2010

"Sebuyau 7" protesters released!
October 25th, 2010

Logjam hints of forest crimes (New York Times)
October 12th, 2010

Whistle blower dies in southern California
October 12th, 2010

Rajang R disaster threat
October 8th, 2010

Stop Bakun Dam impoundment without emergency response plan (SCANE)
October 8th, 2010

Borneo logging tycoons behind California new town disaster
Sarawak Report
September 3rd, 2010

Samling kickbacks to Taibs in Seattle?
Sarawak Report
August 25th, 2010

US Connection: Taib the Godfather!
Sarawak Report
August 9th, 2010

Rumah Nor eviction prevented!
August 6th, 2010

Taib family London property
July 11th, 2010

Did Borneo logging buy Seattle FBI building? Sarawak CM Taib's family owns it!
Sarawak Report & Malaysiakini
July 2nd, 2010

Sarawak Chief Minister's family assets in Canada
June 24th, 2010

Baram residents affected by proposed dam demand environmental studies
May 19th, 2010

Bakun cost over-runs
May 11th, 2010

Life After Bakun & Govt Needs to Rethink
May 1st, 2010

Natives lose Bakun Dam appeal
April 30th, 2010

Manganese smelter in SCORE
April 22nd, 2010

New Borneo wildlife finds
April 21st, 2010

Logging in Sarawak and the Rights of Indigenous Communities -- JOANGHUTAN / IDEAL report
April 15th, 2010

Indonesia drops designation of plantations as forests
April 14th, 2010

Natives lose appeal in Bakun Dam case -- Sahabat Alam Malaysia
April 13th, 2010

Experts to study dam impacts
March 30th, 2010

Injunction stops Rumah Nor demolition; NGOs protest govt demolition of village homes; Judge's ruling expected August 2, 2010
March 16th, 2010

Baru Bian decries dam plans
March 6th, 2010

SCORE industry list
February 12th, 2010

Kaiduan Dam, Sabah: Background
February 11th, 2010

Define native customary lands
February 10th, 2010
Baru Bian comments

NGOs Protest Demolition at Rumah Nor
January 23rd, 2010

Two NCR victories uphold customary land rights
January 23rd, 2010

Community resists Sarawak govt demolition of Iban village
January 23rd, 2010

China-Malaysia Dam Deal Signed
January 13th, 2010

Global Warming Treaty Negotiations Offer Hope and Peril for Indigenous Peoples (Joe Lamb)
December 10th, 2009

Penan to sue Sarawak gov't over logging, plantations
December 10th, 2009

Impasse Over Gas Emissions
December 8th, 2009

"Peace deal" to Push Penan into Gov't Schemes
December 1st, 2009

Borneo Natives Proclaim Tropical Forest Reserve
November 30th, 2009

Victims of sex predators
November 27th, 2009

Map of dams & dam plans in Sarawak

Arrest & release of leaders opposing Murum Dam on Malaysia's National Day
October 29th, 2009

Baru Bian is new PKR Sarawak head
October 18th, 2009

Penan Blockades
September 23rd, 2009

Kua Kia Soong on dams & injustice
September 22nd, 2009

Iban villages blockade logging of communal forest reserve
September 14th, 2009

Gov't releases report on sexual abuse of Penan girls
September 11th, 2009

Unfulfilled promises to Sarawak rural folk
September 7th, 2009

Cronyism, corruption & displacement (Bloomberg)
by Yoolim LeeBloomberg
August 25th, 2009

Cronyism, Corruption, and Displacement - Bloomberg
August 25th, 2009

Govt refuses funds to investigate rape of Penan girls
August 19th, 2009

Ban Bakun Dam Burning! SCANE / The Star
August 17th, 2009

Indigenous Peoples: Stop New Plantations!
August 9th, 2009

Dam EIAs in limbo - Hornbill Unleashed
July 29th, 2009

New dams in Peninsular Malaysia?
June 3rd, 2009

Unilever calls for end to deforeststion
May 29th, 2009

Papua riots sparked by Sarawak logging company
May 25th, 2009

Rimbunan Hijau statement on Papua riots
May 25th, 2009

Malaysian govt denies Amazon oil palm plans
May 21st, 2009

Few oil palm joint ventures pay dividends to communities
May 14th, 2009

Planned cable to send Bakun power to Peninsular Malaysia

Natives welcome Federal Court's Decision
May 12th, 2009

Malaysia highest court affirms tribes' land rights
May 10th, 2009

Federal Court Affirms Broad Definition of Native Customary Rights
May 5th, 2009

New Orangutan Population in Sangkulirang, East Kalimantan
March 30th, 2009

Communities reject oil palm schemes
March 27th, 2009

Dams and "Family Business"
March 24th, 2009

Indonesian NGOs criticize biofuel plantations & REDD
March 23rd, 2009

Rumah Sengok Update
March 19th, 2009

Why biofuels are the rainforest's worst enemy
March 15th, 2009

Sarawak dams threaten forests & people
March 15th, 2009

Indonesia applies for WB forest CO2 scheme (Reuters)
March 4th, 2009

Baram Fish Kill
February 19th, 2009

Bario microhydro generator commissioned
January 14th, 2009

Court upholds right to blockade
December 9th, 2008

Baru Bian clarifies Rumah Nor appeal issues
November 5th, 2008

Federal Court dismisses Rumah Nor appeal
November 4th, 2008

Rumah Nor court victory

Online video: "What Rainforest?" portrays Sarawak land seizures for logging and oil palm

Sexual abuse of Penan women by Loggers: BMF & Press
September 23rd, 2008

Penan women abused by loggers (BMF)
September 23rd, 2008

Malaysian authorities block march on 1st anniversary of UN Declaration
September 13th, 2008

Indigenous Peoples Network to UN Human Rights Council
September 7th, 2008

Spotted Leopard in Sebangau (BBC)
August 16th, 2008

Bakun Demolition Stopped

Berawan & Kayan assert corporate land grab
August 13th, 2008

UN Indigenous Peoples' Day -- Survival International's 'unholy trinity'
August 8th, 2008

Hundreds forced from Bintulu District homes
August 6th, 2008

Court halts demolition of Bakun houses
July 23rd, 2008

NO MORE "BAKUNS"! NGOs oppose hydroelectric dams on native lands & Mulu
July 23rd, 2008

Kenyah protest Samling logging
June 17th, 2008

Limbang dam
May 27th, 2008

Sarawak's Indigenous Peoples Land Rights Must Be Recognized: International Fact Finding Mission
April 25th, 2008

Video "Penusah Tana: Penan land rights struggle". By H. Chiew & C. Too
April 11th, 2008

Malaysian activists walk out in protest of timber trade consultation (FLEGT)
March 27th, 2008

Long Kerong Headman’s death requires transparent Police probe: SUARAM and press
March 18th, 2008

Social Impacts of Palm Oil Biodiesel on Communities in Malaysia: Tahia Devisscher

Sabah's indigenous communities claim over 300,000 ha of customary lands
February 21st, 2008

Penan leader's body to be exhumed
February 19th, 2008

Remote Sarawak school charts road to cyberfame: Brunei Times
February 17th, 2008

Probe claim baffles Penans: Malaysia Star
February 14th, 2008

Report and film: "Losing Ground: The human rights impacts of oil palm plantation expansion in Indonesia" & "Palmed Off"
February 12th, 2008

Conservation agreements signed to protect local rainforest; microhydro turbine on its way to Bario, Kelabit highlands, Sarawak
February 11th, 2008

No suspects in mysterious death of Malaysian tribesman who fought logging, police say: Int'l Herald Tribune
February 11th, 2008

Penan children and gov't schools: Borneo Post article
February 6th, 2008

Native Land Rights will be upheld in land alienation process: Sabah State Gov't
January 26th, 2008

'Stay out!' Angry Penan villagers tell loggers: Malaysiakini
January 4th, 2008

Penan chief found dead, foul play suspected
January 3rd, 2008

"Land is Life: Land Rights and Oil Palm in Sarawak" by M. Colchester, W. A. Pang, W. M. Chuo, & T. Jalong
December 18th, 2007

Penan survival in the news: AP and AFP
December 18th, 2007

Penan leader Kelesau reported missing
December 18th, 2007

Indigenous Peoples Shut Out of Climate Talks, Plans
December 13th, 2007

Malaysia & Indonesia among top ten worst countries for indigenous rights: Survival
December 7th, 2007

New blockade and lawsuits by Iban community of Rumah Nor against logging and roads!
November 14th, 2007

New court case against Rimbunan Hijau; communities may blockade again despite court orders
November 9th, 2007

Big food companies accused of risking climate catastrophe
November 8th, 2007

Sarawak police arrest native chief in land dispute with palm oil plantation
November 8th, 2007

Forests, Biofuels & Oil Palm News: Excerpts from "Down to Earth" briefings, 2007
November 5th, 2007

Global food crisis looms as climate change and fuel shortages bite: Guardian
November 3rd, 2007

Bakun megadam nears completion, forests and indigenous communities destroyed: Star Online
October 30th, 2007

Malaysian Human Rights Commission: Penan are overlooked minority impoverished by logging, acacia and oil palm plantations
October 30th, 2007

Samling Refuses to Pay Fines for Illegal Logging in Guyana
October 23rd, 2007

Biofuels from cassava plantation in Sarawak: new corporate monoculture planned on NCR lands without prior informed consent of indigenous communities
October 20th, 2007

Eye on the future: Villagers in Sarawak get help to replant depleted forests.
October 16th, 2007

New Land Rights Victory in Sarawak: Federal Court upholds indigenous rights in Madeli case!
October 16th, 2007

Six Ibans Arrested for Defending Their Lands
October 9th, 2007

Rights Of Indigenous People "A Main Topic" In Forest Dialogue, But Who Participates?
October 5th, 2007

BBC show "Tribes" highlights Penan

One school uniform for a whole week: Borneo Post articles on Penan students' hardships
September 20th, 2007

Samling: “Give us your forest – and we’ll give you a water pipe.”
September 18th, 2007

Indigenous Peoples of Malaysia's statement on the anniversary of Malaysia's nationhood, 2007
September 16th, 2007

Science article: Can Palm Oil Plantations Come Clean?
September 14th, 2007

Activists protest entry ban by Sarawak
September 14th, 2007

UN Adopts Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
September 13th, 2007

Certifiers issue ultimatum to Malaysian logging giant Samling:
September 11th, 2007
Forest certification will be revoked unless company resolves conflict with Penan

KQED Radio's Pacific Time explores "Indigenous People in Borneo's Changing Landscape"
August 2nd, 2007

KQED Radio's Pacific Time examines "Deforestation in Indonesia", links to palm oil & biofuels
July 26th, 2007

High Court upholds Native Customary Rights in Sabah: precedent set for compensation for damages
July 9th, 2007

Leading Sarawak land rights lawyer sued by Chief Minister for distributing leaflets
May 22nd, 2007

Credit Suisse asked to pay back profits of Samling listing
May 3rd, 2007

Dusun rally to defend mountain forests and burial grounds from plantation’s bulldozers
by Jessica Lawrence, Executive Director
May 1st, 2007

Probe Taib, Japanese NGOs urge PM
April 30th, 2007
By Tony Thien, Malaysiakini

Tribes Effectively Barred from Making High-Tech Maps
April 26th, 2007
by Kelly Hearn, National Geographic News

Sarawak Penan Association: We Blockade to Stop Encroachments on Ancestral Lands
April 20th, 2007

Imminent Police Action Against Five New Penan Blockades-- ALERT
April 16th, 2007

Sarawak Chief Minister Implicated in Timber Scandal
April 6th, 2007

Palm oil: the biofuel of the future driving an ecological disaster now
April 4th, 2007

Last Stand in Sarawak: The Penan of Borneo are fighting a losing battle for the last of their ancestral forests.
March 10th, 2007
By Paul Malone, Canberra Times

Penan Blockade Demolished: Samling bulldozing new logging road, destroying community's primary rainforests
February 15th, 2007
by BRIMAS

Help Bario Asal build a microhydro system and protect rainforest!
December 1st, 2006

Sarawak activist jailed for reporting death threat; YOU can help him map and save community forests in 2007!
by Jessica Lawrence, Executive Director
November 29th, 2006

Borneo Newswire Fall 2006
November 15th, 2006

Rumah Nyawin victory: "We will not be evicted!"
by The Borneo Project
November 7th, 2006

Penan blockades protest logging in Sarawak, prevent road construction in primary forests
by Jessica Lawrence

Community Stops Illegal Logging in Sabah
by Jessica Lawrence
May 15th, 2006

Indigenous Victory Overturned: Court of Appeals invalidates part of Rumah Nor decision
by Jessica Lawrence
December 15th, 2005


by Jessica Lawrence
December 15th, 2005

Indigenous Land Claim Invalidated by Sarawak Court
July 21st, 2005
Indigenous groups seeking to protect ancestral lands and forests in Sarawak, Malaysia suffered a setback July 8th when the State Court of Appeals overturned a major precedent case in native rights litigation. The court overturned an earlier decision that an Iban Dayak community had customary rights over a disputed area of forest near the village. Citing a lack of credible evidence, the court returned control of the disputed 672 hectares to a plantation company whose holdings include over 200,000 hectares in plantation licenses.

Gathering on NCR land: Natives Pledge to Fight On
by Tony Thien, Malaysiakini
May 5th, 2005
A gathering of more than 200 natives representing thousands of native customary rights (NCR) landowners who have strongly protested against encroachment of their lands by logging and oil palm plantation companies across Sarawak have pledged to fight on and defend their rights.

Slow court process gives native landowners the jitters
by Tony Thien, Malaysiakini
April 30th, 2005
The slow judicial process in settling more than 100 cases involving native customary rights (NCR) land claims now before the courts in Sarawak is causing growing anxiety and concern among native landowners.

Lundu Dayaks, Backed by Suhakam, Fight for Their Land
by Tony Thien, Malaysiakini
April 23rd, 2005
A silent but effectual war has been launched on alleged fear and intimidation of the traditional Dayak Selako and Dayak Lara communities in western Sarawak in fighting against violations of their human rights, especially indigenous land rights.

Frustrated Sarawak Natives to Meet on Land Rights
by Tony Thien, Malaysiakini
April 9th, 2005
Native customary rights (NCR) landowners affected by logging, plantation and reforestration activities throughout Sarawak will hold a dinner gathering in Miri on May 1 - Workers Day - to highlight their problems.

Independent Body Needed to Look into Native Land Matters
by Tony Thien, Malaysiakini
March 31st, 2005
A seminar on Sarawak native land rights has called for an independent body to study and find ways to resolve issues affecting the rights of Malaysia's indigenous communities, particularly over land matters.

NCR Land Encroachment: Iban Chiefs Complain to Suhakam
by Tony Thien, Malaysiakini
February 26th, 2005
A group of six tuai rumah (village chief) from four Iban longhouses in Sungai Naman in Durin near Sibu are the latest to bring their complaint to the Malaysian Human Rights Organisation (Suhakam) in Kuching about encroachment against a plantation company into their communal reserve land.

NCR landowners in S'wak take complaints to court
by Tony Thien, Malaysiakini
February 21st, 2005
Complaints that plantation and logging activities are affecting native customary rights (NCR) land are being increasingly taken to court for resolution, said the Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (Sadia).

Suhakam hears familiar but pressing NCR woes in S'wak
by Tony Thien, Malaysiakini
January 29th, 2005
It was an all familiar tale a Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) road-show heard on Thursday in Serian, 60km from Kuching. The natives are concerned about the status of their native customary rights (NCR) land.

Sarawak Native Land-owners Wary of 'Konsep Baru'
by Tony Thien, Malaysiakini
December 8th, 2004
Many native customary rights (NCR) land-owners are wary of the state government's Konsep Baru (New Concept) of developing NCR land as plantations on a joint venture with private investors.

Snap backs Suhakam's proposal for inquiry on NCR land
by Tony Thien, Malaysiakini
December 3rd, 2004
Dayak-based opposition Sarawak National Party (Snap) has expressed its support to Suhakam on its proposal to initiate a public inquiry into the intrusions of native customary rights (NCR) land by logging and plantation companies in Sarawak.

Stop Logging, Appeal Sarawak's Bidayuh Villagers
by Tony Thien, Malaysiakini
November 12th, 2004
A group of Bidayuh natives from four villages between Bau and Lundu near Kuching is fighting a losing battle against the activities of a logging company on their land. They are outraged that the authorities have issued a logging licence to the company, Malay Star, to cut down engkabang trees despite knowing that the natives enjoy customary rights on the land.

Rare Victory for Bidayuh Villagers
by Tony Thien, Malaysiakini
November 8th, 2004
The 550 Bidayuh residents of Kampung Entubuh have won a rare victory in preventing the private sector from taking over their land for a government-approved project, malaysiakini learnt today.

Small, Isolated Elephants Follow Own Evolutionary Path
by MARK DERRThe NY Times
September 30th, 2004
The small Borneo elephant represents the last remnant of an ancient lineage, a team of international biologists has determined. The finding, based on DNA samples, overturns a long-held prevailing theory of the animals' origins: that they were descended from domesticated elephants that reverted to the wild.

Longhouse folks affected by Bakun project seek help
by STEPHEN THENThe Star (Malaysia)
September 24th, 2004
MIRI: Longhouse folks living downstream of the Bakun hydro-electric dam project site in Belaga district, central Sarawak, have appealed to the state and federal authorities for help as they are suffering from water and food shortage and flood and transportation woes.

Partial victory Claimed in Dispute Over Native Land
by Tony Thien, Malaysiakini
October 21st, 2003
Native landowners, mainly Dayak Selako, from 14 villages in Sarawak have claimed a partial victory after a plantation company recently pulled out its machinery and workers from a site deemed to be native customary rights (NCR) land.

Malaysia's Bakun dam eyes $658mln pension fund loan
Reuters
October 6th, 2003
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Sarawak Hidro, manager of the construction of Southeast Asia's largest hydroelectric dam, has sought a 2.5 billion ringgit ($658 million) loan from Malaysia's state pension fund to prevent the project suffering further delays, industry sources said on Monday.

Malaysia Smelter Asia/Bakun: Dam Completion By 2007
Dow Jones Newswires
September 30th, 2003
KUALA LUMPUR (Dow Jones)--Smelter Asia Sdn. Bhd., which is building a $2 billion aluminum smelting plant in east Malaysia's Sarawak state, intends to buy up to half the power output of the Bakun hydroelectric dam, a statement from Smelter Asia said Tuesday.

Board: No big damage by Bakun project
by STEPHEN THENThe Star (Malaysia)
September 28th, 2003
MIRI: The construction of the RM6bil Bakun hydroelectric dam project at Belaga in central Sarawak has not caused any massive damage or alteration to the ecosystem there, the Sarawak Natural Resources and Environment Board said.

Big Money: Power decisions
by P GunasegaramThe Edge Daily (Malaysia)
September 16th, 2003
As compelling as the logic seems to be at first glance, there are many complications on second thoughts. When the Bakun hydroelectric plant is completed, there will be 2400mw of power coming onstream, more than Sabah and Sarawak can use. And there is no undersea cable to the peninsula.

Another Malaysian activist denied entry into Sarawak
Malaysiakini
September 9th, 2003
Another Kuala Lumpur-based anti-logging activist was denied entry into Sarawak last night about three weeks after human rights group Suaramdirector Cynthia Gabriel was barred from coming into the state.

UPDATE - Malaysia's Syed Mokhtar to build Borneo dam
by Patrick ChalmersReuters
September 5th, 2003
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 5 (Reuters) - Malaysian tycoon Syed Mokhtar Albukhary has agreed to pay $254 million for control of the controversial and much-delayed Bakun dam in Borneo's Sarawak state and will manage construction of the $2.4 billion project.

Greens lobby against Indonesian wood
Reuters
May 16th, 2003
NEW YORK -- Environmentalists trying to halt illegal logging in Indonesia are asking Georgia-Pacific Corp. and Home Depot Inc. to stop buying wood from the region.

Environmental Investigators Expose Laundering of Illegal Indonesian Timber by Malaysia and Singapore
Environmental Investigation Agency
May 15th, 2003
The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and Telapak today exposed the role played by Malaysia and Singapore in laundering illegal Indonesian timber onto international markets, following a series of undercover investigations.

Lumber and Paper Giants to Announce Ban of Indonesian Wood and Pulp
Rain Forest Action Network
May 15th, 2003
Georgia-Pacific and Home Depot Refuse to Cut Ties with Illegal Logging in Endangered Forests

Government To Impose Ban On Imported Squared Logs From Indonesia
Bernama
May 13th, 2003
KUALA LUMPUR -- The government will impose a ban on the importation of squared logs, which are sawn timber more than 60 square inches in size from Indonesia, effective from June 1, 2003, Minister of Primary Industry Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik said.

The Price of Malaysia's Palm Oil Expansion
by Arun BhattacharjeeThe Asia Times Online
May 3rd, 2003
KOTA BARU, Malaysia -- Malaysia is being blamed by many European governments and conservationists for its drive to increase its oil-palm plantations at the expense of its rain forests and the habitats of tigers and orangutans. The country's minister for primary industries is off to Europe this month to attempt some damage control on the issue. As new plantations encroach on the habitat of tigers and orangutans, plantation workers are increasingly coming into conflict with these creatures - and it is the animals that are losing that conflict.

Malaysian Plantation Firm to Pay 1.1 Million Dollars over Indonesia Haze
AFP
May 1st, 2003
A Malaysian-owned plantation firm whose director was ordered jailed for causing smoke haze on Indonesia's Sumatra island has agreed to pay more than one million dollars in compensation, an official said. "Following an agreement on April 23 with the company, PT Adei Plantation agreed to pay 1.1 million dollars in settlement money to the government," said Nixon Silalahi, an environment ministry official. He said the government would drop a civil lawsuit against the firm following the agreement. The money would be used to finance reforestation programs.

Sarawak Forestry Corporation to be launched on June 9
Sarawak Tribune
April 23rd, 2003
Describing the company as a "new model for sustainable forestry", Aziz said that the government was committed to create the new model based on the recommendations of the International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO).

Mega hopes palm oil eases arms buying trip
by Kornelius PurbaThe Jakarta Post
April 17th, 2003
Megawati may raise the question of purchasing Russian weapons, including the Sukhoi Su-30 KI, given that Indonesia reportedly is interested in procuring at least one squadron of jet fighters.

Sarawak Rivers Lose Their Fish to Pollution
The Star
March 27th, 2003
MIRI: The inland fish population in riverine systems in Sarawak has dwindled considerably due to water pollution, said state Minister for Environment and Public Health Datuk William Mawan Ikom.

Billions At Stake In Palm Oil Battle Over Orang-Utans
by Reme Ahmad The News Straits Times
March 14th, 2003
Malaysia fears a campaign pushing plantations' environmental threat will rock key export industry

Landowners to be Liable in Open-burning Cases
by Stephen ThenThe Star
March 2nd, 2003
MIRI: Jolted by the haze and forest fire scare here during the past week, Sarawak will invoke a tough law to punish landowners for open burning even though they may not have started the fires on their land.

Palm Oil Debate Weighs Ice Cream and Elephants
by Patrick ChalmersReuters
February 27th, 2003
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Ice cream lovers and French fry fanatics would not know it but these foods put a taste of Malaysia in their mouths.

Sarawak TIDC to Monitor Removal of Bakun Timber
by The Borneo Bulletin
February 26th, 2003
MIRI - The Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC) will get into the swing of monitoring timber removal from the Bakun hydroelectric dam project. STIDC Acting General Manager Rabani Taip said the log residue has to be removed from the dam area as stipulated in the project's Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report.

Malaysian tycoon arrested on illegal logging charges
by Nethy Dharma SombaThe Jakarta Post
February 22nd, 2003
Jayapura, Papua - Police in Papua said on Friday they had arrested a Malaysian tycoon for his alleged involvement in illegal logging in the province.

Illegal Loggers Destroy Protected Forests
by Agence France-Presse
February 14th, 2003
JAKARTA (AFP) - Some 5.9 million hectares (14.6 million acres) of Indonesia's protected forests and conservation areas has been destroyed by illegal loggers or land-clearing, a report said on Thursday.

Malaysia: Controversy Rages Over Website Raid
Asia Times Online
January 23rd, 2003
KUALA LUMPUR - Two of the most sensitive issues in Malaysia - racial policies and press freedom - have combined to turn Monday's police raid on an independent Internet newspaper into a full-blown political controversy.

Malaysia: Raid Bad News for Free Media
by Anil Netto The Asia Times Online
January 22nd, 2003
PENANG, Malaysia - It had to happen sooner or later. Acting on a complaint by ruling-party officials, about a dozen police personnel swooped down on the office of award-winning independent news portal Malaysiakini.com in Kuala Lumpur's trendy Bangsar enclave around noon on Monday. They carted away 15 computer central processing units (CPUs) and four servers in a raid that left the site severely crippled and media freedom on the Internet reeling.

Indonesia Military to Fight Illegal Logging
Reuters
January 20th, 2003
JAKARTA - Indonesia's military - often linked by environmental groups to rampant illegal logging - said last week it had joined the fight against the practice, which costs the impoverished nation more than $3 billion each year.

Indonesia Fails to Stop Illegal Logging, Report Says
by Irwan FirdausThe Associated Press
January 15th, 2003
JAKARTA, Indonesia — Corruption in Indonesia's police and military has contributed to a surge in illegal logging that has destroyed much of the country's forests, an environmental group said in a report released Tuesday.

Bio-Tourism to Get Big Play in Sarawak
The New Straits Times
January 14th, 2003
KUCHING, Jan 14: Bio-tourism will play a major role in Sarawak's tourist industry as it has a comparative advantage over its neighbours in this area.

Cultured 'Man of Forest' in Peril
by Rowan HooperThe Japan Times
January 9th, 2003
Culture, from a biological point of view, is behavior that is passed on through social contact. But what are the origins of culture? And what is it about humans that has allowed us to develop such rich and diverse cultures?

First-time Illegal Immigrants May be Whipped
Reuters
December 10th, 2002
Malaysia is stepping up a crackdown on illegal immigrants by planning to whip foreigners entering the country without valid documents, even for a first offence. Only second-time offenders are currently liable to be whipped. Malaysia is a favored destination for illegal immigrants from more populous, poorer Asian countries such as Indonesia and Bangladesh.

Palm oil processing plant to be built in Bintulu
by Diana Hiu Sarawak Tribune
December 5th, 2002
MIRI - A palm oil processing plant will be set up in Bintulu to support and complement the existing plant located here.

Media: Casualty in Malaysia's War on Terror?
by Anil NettoThe Asia Times Online
December 3rd, 2002
PENANG, Malaysia - One of the biggest casualties in the war on terror is the healthy skepticism that journalists and the media are supposed to display when reporting on official statements as to the extent of the terror network in the region.

Agencies told to give priority to land compensation
by Azam Hj ZawawieSarawak Tribune
December 2nd, 2002
MIRI - Implementing agencies must give priority to land compensation to ensure that development projects can be implemented smoothly and completed on schedule.

Importing Destruction: How U.S. imports of Indonesia’s tropical hardwoods are devastating indigenous communities and ancient forests. Report for RAN by Jessica Lawrence, Noriko Toyoda & Helvi Lystiani
November 30th, 2002

Orang Metropolis Uncovered
National Public Radio
November 20th, 2002
Newly Found Population a Boost for Conservation

Wildfires blamed for greenhouse gas rise
BBC News
November 7th, 2002
New research has shown that the forest fires which ravaged South East Asia five years ago caused a massive increase in levels of the greenhouse gases which are blamed for global warming.

Work begins on controversial Bakun Dam Project
Malaysiakini
October 29th, 2002
Engineering work has begun on the controversial Bakun Hydroelectric Dam project, a finance ministry official said today.

Peaceful Sarawak Now Has a Security Threat
Malaysiakini
October 19th, 2002
After the Communist Clandestine Organisation (CCO) was disbanded in the early 70's following the success of Operation Sri Aman, the people of Sarawak had not known of another security threat to the state...that is, until last week.

Only 2,000 Orang-utans Left in Sarawak
The Star
October 15th, 2002
KUCHING: The population of orang-utans, one of the world’s endangered species once found in abundance, has dropped to some 2,000 in Sarawak due logging activities and illegal hunting.

Survey shows effects of dam on Kayan
by JACK WONGThe Star
October 4th, 2002
KUCHING: The majority of the Kayan resettlers in Sungai Asap, Belaga, are culturally worse off after being uprooted and relocated from the Bakun dam site, according to a Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) survey.

Malaysia Expects Mild El Niño, Watches Haze
by Lewa PardomuanReuters
October 2nd, 2002
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The feared El Niño weather phenomenon is developing in Southeast Asia, but it is mild and unlikely to cause the devastating smog that shrouded the region five years ago, a Malaysian minister said on Tuesday.

Haze to Stay Until Early 2003: Minister
October 1st, 2002
Haze enveloping parts of Malaysia due to forest fires in Indonesia is expected to persist until early next year but is unlikely to worsen, a minister said today.

Daiken Should Consider the Rights of the Locals
by MC Wong
September 27th, 2002
"We have been living here over the last 15 years. Our farms are established according to our adat. We have no other land to move to. We could not go back to the places where we came from as there were land shortage and we had given out our customary rights at our former communities since we moved.” – Jalin

Aluminium Smelter to be Set Up
by Peter SibonSarawak Tribune
September 27th, 2002
RM7.6 billion plant: State's single largest investment to come on stream in 2007

Iban and Bidayuh Communities Suing Oil Palm Company for Encroachment of NCR
BRIMAS
KUCHING - 50 Iban and Bidayuh families from the interior area of Serian District, Samarahan Division, Sarawak and hundreds more of their relatives and supporters some from as far as Lundu and Sri Aman packed the Kuching Court Complex this morning to witness the hearing of the High Court suit which the communities' filed against an oil palm company, Tetangga Akrab Sdn. Bhd. for encroachment into their native customary rights (NCR) land.

Sarawak Indigenous Group Bags UN Award, Cash Priz
by Kevin TanMalaysiakini
September 5th, 2002
A Sarawakian local community has won the United Nations Equator Prize 2002 award for its outstanding efforts in reducing poverty and conserving biodiversity.

Open Letter to the Malaysian and Sarawak State Governments
by Sahabat Alam MalaysiaMalaysiakini
September 5th, 2002
The awarding of the contract to build the main dam for the Bakun Hydroelectric Project to a Sime-led consortium which also comprises a Chinese counterpart in mid-August is a clear message that the Federal government and the Sarawak state government are bent on pursuing the project although East Malaysia is not facing any power shortage in the future and building the dam will only put a strain on the nation’s finances.

Keeping Our Forests Alive for Our Use
by Sonia RandhawaMalaysiakini
September 5th, 2002
Timber has been a massive revenue earner for Malaysia. In 1992, it formed upwards of 10 percent of our annual exports. Malaysian companies, renowned internationally for their expertise, are now involved in logging operations in terrains as diverse as Papua New Guinea, Russia and Cambodia.

Penan Representatives Meet Sarawak State Planning Unit
by Sahabat Alam MalaysiaUtusan Konsumer
September 1st, 2002
The tenacity of the Penan community in their struggle to protect their land from the encroachment of logging companies has earned them the wrath of several politicians in Sarawak. What happens next?

Part payment of Bakun dam project through palm oil
Sarawak Tribune
August 29th, 2002
KUCHING - Part of the payment for the contract work on the RM1.788-billion main dam of the Bakun hydro-electric project in central Sarawak is expected to be in the form of palm oil, according to a member of the consortium which will undertake the job.

Check Large-scale Burning by Plantations, Says Activist
The Star
August 15th, 2002
KUCHING: There must be a sense of urgency to discourage and eliminate large-scale burning by plantations, said social worker Datuk Seri Ang Lai Soon.

IJM to Invest RM150mil in Sabah Plantation Ops
by Liau Y-Sing The Star
August 11th, 2002
IJM Corp Bhd, which is injecting its plantation business into Rahman Hydraulic Tin Bhd, will invest between RM120mil and RM150mil to strengthen its plantation operations in Sabah. This investment will include the construction of a crude palm oil (CPO) mill and the development of about a third of the company's total acreage.

Minister Admits Jakarta Unable To Curb Forest Fires
by Robert Go Straits Times
July 13th, 2002
Problem a 'big challenge', he says, as choking haze blankets cities in Sumatra and Kalimantan and threatens to spread

Indonesia: Govt To Set Up Green Crimes Team
by Tertiani ZB SimanjuntakJakarta Post
July 6th, 2002
State Minister for the Environment Nabiel Makarim said on Friday an "untouchable" team of law enforcers would be established to handle crimes that damaged the environment, especially those involving illegal logging.

Logging Ban Pleases Environmentalists But Upsets Pulp Industry
Jakarta Post
July 1st, 2002
The government's plan to temporarily ban logging in natural forests has been praised by environmentalists but upsets industry players who fear the policy will have a big impact on their businesses.

Malaysia Imposes Total Ban on Indonesian Logs
by Dalila Abu BakarNew Straits Times
June 26th, 2002
MALAYSIA has imposed a total ban on Indonesian logs with immediate effect in line with the republic's decision last October to cease the exports, says Primary Industries Minister Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik.

Malaysian Logging Company Kicked Out of Cambodia
June 26th, 2002
In March 2002 Global Witness conducted an aerial survey of Malaysian logging company GAT International's forest concession in Kompong Thom Province. The flight showed widespread illegal logging by GAT in violation of the Cambodian government's January 1st 2002 moratorium. A subsequent field inspection carried out by Global Witness and government officials confirmed the aerial findings. On the 16th June 2002 the Cambodian Prime Minister, Samdech Hun Sen, signed a Sub-Decree cancelling both of GAT's concessions.

Malaysia's Prime Minister to Step Down After 2 Decades
by Raymond BonnerNew York Times
June 25th, 2002
UALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia, a man who has been a bitter critic of the West but whose tight hold over this Muslim country made him a new ally against Islamic militants, announced today that he would be stepping down after two decades in power.

Penan Area Representatives Graded The Government F In Report Card Exercise
June 25th, 2002
Sahabat Alam Malaysia - Earlier this month, for the first time ever, more than 700 representatives from more than 40 Penan communities from all over Sarawak, including those from Mulu, Limbang and Belaga zones and the nomadic groups, gathered for a historic communal meeting organised by the Sarawak Penan Association in Long Sayan, a Penan settlement near upper Sungai Apoh, a tributary of the Baram River in Miri Division.

Study Shows There May be Hope for Orang-Utans
AFP
June 24th, 2002
Sukau, Malaysia - Faced with extinction, the orang-utan is showing unprecedented signs it can survive and breed in secondary forests outside its natural habitat of virgin jungles, initial results of a groundbreaking study by French scientists show.

Illegal Loggers Alerted by Report
by Ruben SarioThe Star
June 22nd, 2002
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah is not happy about the way a group of Singaporeans had raised the issue of illegal logging at the Tabin Wildlife Reserve, near here.

Racial Discrimination in Economic Development: The Denial of Indigenous Peoples Rights and Choice of Livelihood in Sarawak
by Wong Meng ChuoRengah Sarawak
June 16th, 2002
This is a paper, taken from the Rengah Sarawak website, was presented at an international conference recently. An abstract of the paper: The rights, culture and livelihood of indigenous people in Sarawak is continually threatened by poorly planned economic development projects such as monocrop plantations and large-scale hydroelectric dams. This paper proposes that the dominant development model leaves no room for Sarawak's indigenous Dayak people whose culture and lifestlyle is dependant upon a harmonious relationship with nature.

The Penan: The Forest Peoples of Borneo
by Gail Saari
June 16th, 2002
exclusive for the Borneo Project -- To truly experience the rainforest, you need a local companion. The remarkable forest peoples of Borneo have flourished there as nomadic hunter-gatherers for millennia. Enter the rainforest sometime with a group of them. They will teach you to smell, to hear and to see the bounty of the forest--the source of clean water, fruits, wild game and medicines.

Dept Tracking Down Illegal Logging Ring
by Ruben Sario The Star
June 12th, 2002
KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Forestry Department is in the process of tracking down several individuals linked to an illegal logging operation at the Tabin Wildlife Reserve.

Malaysia Targets Illegal Timber
by Roger HarrabinBBC News
June 11th, 2002
A Malaysian minister has told the BBC he will act to block imports of illegal Indonesian logs, which have been turned into legitimate timber products for export to the UK and other markets.

The Long Sayan Declaration 2002 Sarawak Penan Association Meeting
June 9th, 2002
Of late in Limbang and Baram, a number of Penan communities from both the settled and nomadic groups, have returned to block the roads used by the logging industry, and stage peaceful protests against several timber companies.

Hierarchical Interests
Utusan Konsumer magazine
June 1st, 2002
Utusan Konsumer had a number of articles in their previous May issue. This is a follow up article, again on the Penan and reasons why they are being abused. An explanation of the legal situation and some case studies is included.

Village Mapping Program Threatened
by Harlan ThompsonEarth Island Journal
June 1st, 2002
An article we wrote for the Winter 2001 Borneo Wire newsletter has been picked up by the Earth Island Journal, in edited form.

Malaysian Leader Slams Critics of Dam Projects As Traitors
Associated Press
June 1st, 2002
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has described foreign-funded activists as "traitors" for opposing giant dam projects in the country, the national Bernama news agency said.

Sarawak Has Potential to Become Power House for South East Asia
by Ahmad Fuad Yahya Bernama
May 27th, 2002
Bakun hydro power dam is expected to become power house which produce a huge amount of electricity at a very low cost and bring benefit to Sarawak people. However it takes a long time and huge money to build. How much benefits could be brought into them?

Sarawak Has Potential to Become Power House for South East Asia
by Ahmad Fuad Yahya Bernama
May 27th, 2002
Bakun hydro power dam is expected to become power house which produce a huge amount of electricity at a very low cost and bring benefit to Sarawak people. However it takes a long time and huge money to build. How much benefits could be brought into them?

Suhakam To Launch Fact-Finding Mission To Upper Baram and Limbang
Bernama
May 26th, 2002
The good news is that Malaysia's human rights commission is quickly responding to the blockades. The bad news, not mentioned in the article, is that membership of the commission is changing soon, and the commission may soon lose its teeth.

Pulp and Paper Project To Proceed
Sarwak Tribune
May 23rd, 2002
The very large Borneo Pulp and Paper project in central Sarawak has been put on hold recently because of the financial troubles of BPP's majority stakeholder, Asian Pulp and Paper. Now it appears that the Sarawak government itself will take over and push this project forward. The result is likely to be a disaster for the environment of Central Sarawak, as it gets turned into one large oil palm plantation.

Thousands Meet in Indonesia to Prepare for "Earth Summit"
AFP
May 22nd, 2002
In Jakarta Jathousands of officials, activists and business people discuss at the preparatory meething for the Johannesburg Summit. Indonesian government seemed to expect that hosting the meeting showed their struggle to restore economic and political stability.

The Dam the Dayaks Dread
by Reese Erlich San Francisco Chronicle
May 22nd, 2002
An article in the San Francisco Chronicle contrasts the Bakun mega-dam with the Long Lawen microhydro dam, initiated and co-funded by the Borneo Project. Written by an author who recently visited both places.

Governments Decline Comment on NGO Report
New Straits Times
May 21st, 2002
More attempts by the Malaysian media to make a hubbub about the Bakun funding "controversy". This is reaching very silly proportions - as if the US and Australian governments would take official stances on such a non-issue!

Indonesian President Calls for a Moratorium on Logging
Rainforest Action Network
May 21st, 2002
This is the press release from the Rainforest Action Network which is an environmental organization. They reported the situation of Indonesian forests and that a lot of timber are still being imported by the US companies.

Update on Medihit and Pengaran Iman Blockades
May 21st, 2002
We have additional pictures and information on several blockade sites. Long Medihit has seen some success, but the situation at Pengaran Iman is more difficult.

Governments Decline Comment on NGO Report
New Straits Times
May 21st, 2002
More attempts by the Malaysian media to make a hubbub about the Bakun funding "controversy". This is reaching very silly proportions - as if the US and Australian governments would take official stances on such a non-issue!

Penan Blockades Update
Sahabat Alam Malaysia
May 19th, 2002
For a long time we've been waiting for some new blockade news to share, and now its finally here! We have a table consisely showing what has been happening in each blockade site, and new pictures.

PNG Premier Condemns Logging Project, Court Hearing Today
by Leong Kar YenMalaysiakini
May 18th, 2002
The current prime minister is critical of the project but these deforestation would be conducted in many area. This project is planned for building the road, but Greenpeace alleged that no functional road had been constructed after seven years of deforestation and massive environmental devastation.

PNG Premier Condemns Logging Project, Court Hearing Today
by Leong Kar Yen Malaysiakini
May 18th, 2002
The current prime minister is critical of the project but these deforestation would be conducted in many area. This project is planned for building the road, but Greenpeace alleged that no functional road had been constructed after seven years of deforestation and massive environmental devastation.

Greenpeace Stops Shipment of PNG Timber Linked to Malaysian Loggers
by Susan LooneMalaysiakini
May 13th, 2002
Greenpeace recently accused the Malaysian timber company Samling of illegal logging in Papua New Guinea. Now Greenpeace has prevented a shipment of Samling's timber bound for China by stopping the loading of logs at Umuda Island. 11 Australian activists from Greenpeace blocked the crane of the log ship.

Residents Return Home as Fears Over Bakun Disaster Subside
by Yap Mun ChingMalaysiakini
May 13th, 2002
The Bakun coffer dam subsided has been collapsed several times because the structure made of earth and mud is vulnerable to strong water currents of the river. There was the same situation at the other dam project. Can't people help putting up with the fear of flooding during the construction?

Belaga rep links lack of info to Bakun fears
by Tony ThienMalaysiakini
May 13th, 2002
The native inhabitants living around the Bakun hydro-electric dam feel uneasy about the flooding by heavy rain. This dam is expected to produce electricity but the project has been proceeded without care of the inhabitants.

Sarawak Activist Gets Back Passport After Nine Years
by Leong Kar YenMalaysiakini
May 13th, 2002
The Borneo Project has been honored to work with Jok Jau Evong for many years. We are very excited to see this story - after 9 years of not being able to leave his country, he will finally get his passport back! The government cancelled his passport for no just reason. The fact that he is getting it back now shows hope for the justice system.

Escalating Conflict at Tanjung Puting National Park
by Miao Yen
May 12th, 2002
At Tanjung Puting National Park, there are some conflicts between the government, local villagers and some parties. Villagers have occupied park stations to have their demands heard.

Escalating Conflict at Tanjung Puting National Park
by Miao Yen
May 12th, 2002
At Tanjung Puting National Park, there are some conflicts between the government, local villagers and some parties. Villagers have occupied park stations to have their demands heard.

Escalating Conflict at Tanjung Puting National Park
by Miao Yen
May 12th, 2002
At Tanjung Puting National Park, there are some conflicts between the government, local villagers and some parties. Villagers have occupied park stations to have their demands heard.

Bakun Hydro Coffer Dam in Great Danger of Collapsing
May 10th, 2002
This is also an article about the Bakun dam subsided collapse.

Bakun Hydro Coffer Dam in Great Danger of Collapsing
May 10th, 2002
This is also an article about the Bakun dam subsided collapse.

Company to Manage Mulu Park
by Melvin GohSarawak Tribune
May 9th, 2002
Mulu National Park will soon be managed by a private company. Details of what they plan to actually do are scanty in this article, but judging from other privitzation effects, we remain extremely skeptical.

Malaysian Timber Consortium Accused of Illegal Logging In PNG
by Susan LooneMalaysiakini
May 9th, 2002
One report has accused a Malaysian timber consortium of illegal logging in the guise of building a road in PNG. The close relationship between Malaysian timber companies and PNG politicians is disclosed here.

Scope of NCR Land to be Expanded
by Peter SibonSarawak Tribune
May 8th, 2002
Deputy Chief Minister disclosed that over 400,000 hectares of Native Customary Rights (NCR) land will be developed by 2010. The concept of "smart partnership" between developer and NCR land owner would normally consist of 60% equity for the developer, 30% for the NCR land owners and 10% for management agents. Sounds great, but in fact we have seen that the NCR land owners in practice get ripped off.

View Platform to be Built at Sg Sibuti Crocodile Habitat
by Idris Hj EdrewsSarawak Tribune
May 6th, 2002
Visitors will be able to view crocodiles in their Sungai Sibuti habitat as early as from 1am to 3am. It is expected to become another good product that Miri and Lambir can offer to local and foreign visitors.

Exploit Fully Borneo's Rich Natural Resources
by John TeoNew Straits Times
May 4th, 2002
This article is a propaganda piece designed to promote more massive hydro projects, and other similar projects. Its interesting to see the point of view of such people. The article says: "There will be costs - in both monetary and non-monetary terms - but whoever said development wiil be painless?" As usual, the indigenous people will feel the pain while wealthy investors get the benefits.

El Nino Causes Dam To Fail: Ministry
by Susan LooneMalaysiakini
May 4th, 2002
Looking for scapegoats. Some government built microhydro projects have failed recently, and now the government blames El Nino. In fact, though this article only alludes to it, the problem is actually poor engineering and poor managment.

Exploit Fully Borneo's Rich Natural Resources
by John TeoNew Straits Times
May 4th, 2002
This article is a propaganda piece designed to promote more massive hydro projects, and other similar projects. Its interesting to see the point of view of such people. The article says: "There will be costs - in both monetary and non-monetary terms - but whoever said development wiil be painless?" As usual, the indigenous people will feel the pain while wealthy investors get the benefits.

Exploit Fully Borneo's Rich Natural Resources
by John TeoNew Straits Times
May 4th, 2002
This article is a propaganda piece designed to promote more massive hydro projects, and other similar projects. Its interesting to see the point of view of such people. The article says: "There will be costs - in both monetary and non-monetary terms - but whoever said development wiil be painless?" As usual, the indigenous people will feel the pain while wealthy investors get the benefits.

Kuching Curbing Illegal Logging to Prevent Polluting Catchment Areas
by Tan Chin SiangNew Straits Times
May 2nd, 2002
It would be nice to see Sarawak protect water catchment areas, but this article is overly optimistic. Where are the maps showing where these 3 million hectares are?

"Set Aside Some Forest for Us"
Utusan Konsumer magazine
May 1st, 2002
Another excellent Penan article from Sahabat Alam Malaysia's Utusan Konsumer magazine. This article is a series of short testimonies from numerous Penan about their problems and their feelings. NOTE: Apologies to any news source that does not approve of our reprinting of their news stories here. If you want us to remove your stories, please let us know and we will do so immediately.

Baram's Penan Community - Hungry, Poor And Sick
Utusan Konsumer magazine
May 1st, 2002
Excellent article from the Consumer Association of Penang's Utusan Konsumer magazine about the Penan, and why they have been blockading lately. The article focuses on the shabby treatment the government has giving the Penan, and the many false promises made to them.

Conflict Resolution can Help Save Tigers
by Emma Duncan WWF
May 1st, 2002
A project in Malaysia shows that simple changes to livestock management can reduce conflict between local farmers and tigers.

The Borneo Project Thinks Ahead
by Tom JosephE Magazine
May 1st, 2002
This article in E Magazine (the E standing for Environmental) is a good, quick overview of the Borneo Project and its work. Don't miss this one!

Map Helps Amazon Indians Claim Their Rain Forest
by Maggie Fox Reuters
May 1st, 2002
This article has nothing to do with Borneo, but describes a mapping project in the Amazon jungles of Suriname. It is included here because of the incredible similarities between mapping work described here and the mapping work being done in Borneo.

More Penans Try To Stop Loggers
by Stephen Then The Star
April 28th, 2002
A reiteration of the blockade story in the Malaysia press. Its good see some coverage in Peninsular Malaysia, though none of the self-censoring Sarawak newspapers have covered the story.

More Penans Try To Stop Loggers
by Stephen Then The Star
April 28th, 2002
A reiteration of the blockade story in the Malaysia press. Its good see some coverage in Peninsular Malaysia, though none of the self-censoring Sarawak newspapers have covered the story.

New 'White Rajah' Rumoured In Rainforest After Activist Disappears
AFP
April 28th, 2002
Very strange article. It implies that the Penan and their activist friends in Malaysia are incapable of staging blockades on their own, but that there must be some kind of secret white power behind them. Really nothing but vague hearsay, but interesting to see what some people think, anyways.

Suhakam To Launch Fact-Finding Mission To Upper Baram and Limbang
Bernama
April 26th, 2002
The good news is that Malaysia's human rights commission is quickly responding to the blockades. The bad news, not mentioned in the article, is that membership of the commission is changing soon, and the commission may soon lose its teeth.

A New Wave of Penan Blockades
by Thomas JalongFrom a Sahabat Alam Malaysia Press Release
April 23rd, 2002
For the past several weeks the Penan have been staging a series of blockades. We finally have the story, complete with pictures. Some blockades have already had success and some setbacks.

Longhouse Folks Held Over Abduction
by Stephen Then The Star
April 18th, 2002
A new wave of resistance has been sweeping the Penan areas of Sarawak in recent weeks. Soon we will have more news on a series of new blockades. As evidence of their frustration, some people abducted a logging company official after a dispute got out of hand. He has since been returned, and 32 people have been arrested.

Longhouse Folks Held Over Abduction
by Stephen Then The Star
April 18th, 2002
A new wave of resistance has been sweeping the Penan areas of Sarawak in recent weeks. Soon we will have more news on a series of new blockades. As evidence of their frustration, some people abducted a logging company official after a dispute got out of hand. He has since been returned, and 32 people have been arrested.

"Not Abduction" Claims Chief
by Lucas Jalong BatoBorneo Post
April 18th, 2002
As explained in the previous article, 32 people have been arrested for the abduction of a logging company official. In this article, the headman of Long Bewang where the incident took place, claims there was no abduction, but that they were following traditional adat and merely tied the man up until he calmed down.

BORNEO NATIVE GROUP SCORES LAND CLAIM VICTORY
by Paul Spencer SochaczewskiSpecial report written for the Borneo Project
April 17th, 2002
Earlier this year, author and reporter Paul Spencer Sochaczewski visited the community of Rumah Nor, and wrote this in-depth article about the Rumah Nor court case, and its impact on the people there. An exclusive article for the Borneo Project - don't miss this one!

Kalabakan Logging Threat To Orangutans
by S.S. Yoga Petaling Jaya The Star
April 17th, 2002
The area with the highest concentration of orangutans in the world - 1,000 of the remaining 15,000 or less - is being clear cut. Orangutans are just a portion of the amazing natural diversity that stands to be lost.

Hyundai Confident of Bakun Bid
by Sharon LingSarawak Tribune
April 16th, 2002
The Korean mega-conglomerate, known for its cars, are making a bid to build much of Bakun Dam, together with a local company. They are one of the few foreign companies to show any interest so far.

Victory for Orang Asli in Land Rights Case
by Colin NicholasCenter for Orang Asli Concerns
April 12th, 2002
In a stunning ruling, the Malaysian High Court has ruled in favor of the Orang Asli, the indigenous people of Peninsular Malaysia. Some Orang Asli had lost land to a new airport near Kuala Lumpur, but now have won proper compensation. This case has potential huge implications for indigenous people in Sarawak, because the ruling found that the land belonged to the Orang Asli despite lack of previous documentation, and sets new and encouraging conditions for compensation.

Victory for Orang Asli in Land Rights Case
by Colin Nicholasthe Center for Orang Asli Concerns
April 12th, 2002
In a stunning ruling, the Malaysian High Court has ruled in favor of the Orang Asli, the indigenous people of Peninsular Malaysia. Some Orang Asli had lost land to a new airport near Kuala Lumpur, but now have won proper compensation. This case has potential huge implications for indigenous people in Sarawak, because the ruling found that the land belonged to the Orang Asli despite lack of previous documentation, and sets new and encouraging conditions for compensation.

APP's Ambitious Plan For Sustainable Plantations
by John Mcbeth Far Eastern Economic Review
April 11th, 2002
Asian Pulp and Paper is $14 billion in debt, and looking for a way out. They claim they can make up their loses by massively increasing their tree plantations in Indonesia, but is it just a cover to cut more logs for natural forests?

Carbon for Sale
by Tan Cheng LiThe Star
April 9th, 2002
Because of the Kyoto Protocol environmental treaty, carbon credits could become big business. A new project in Sabah is converting oil palm by products into energy, and hopes to have their work qualify for carbon credits under a scheme called CDM.

Department: Loggers Found To Breach EIA Conditions
by Ruben Sario The Star
April 6th, 2002
More trouble in the Kalabakan area of Sabah. Loggers there are violating their concession rules, and some have been caught.

Department: Loggers Found To Breach EIA Conditions
by Ruben Sario The Star
April 6th, 2002
More trouble in the Kalabakan area of Sabah. Loggers there are violating their concession rules, and some have been caught.

Indonesia's Animal Market Is Biggest Asian Hub For Trade In Endangered Species
by Lely T. DjuhariAssociated Press
April 6th, 2002
This is a very sad article. All kinds of rare and endangered animals are for sale in well known marketplaces in Jakarta. Nothing is being done about it.

Sarawak Govt Urged To Adopt Forest Management Unit
by Johnny Chan Bernama
March 22nd, 2002
The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) is encouraging the Sarawak government to adopt the FMU - a management scheme that helps track the chain of custody of logs from cutter to buyer. This could help reduce illegal logging, but most in the Sarawak timber industry are resisting.

Sarawak Govt Urged To Adopt Forest Management Unit
by Johnny Chan Bernama
March 22nd, 2002
The Malaysian Timber Certification Council (MTCC) is encouraging the Sarawak government to adopt the FMU - a management scheme that helps track the chain of custody of logs from cutter to buyer. This could help reduce illegal logging, but most in the Sarawak timber industry are resisting.

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