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ISA ‘beyond repair’ Malaysian infamy

ISA ‘beyond repair’, say groups NEWS/COMMENTARIES
Saturday, 31 July 2010 Combat

“It has done the country a lot of bad because of the reputation it has given us. (Malaysia) is not a respecter of human rights and that puts us in the lead of a very backward country,” he said, calling the ISA a black mark for the country.“It puts people in fear of speaking out even if they are speaking out for justice. It represses the people and the creativity of Malaysians and not to mention, it has also put more than 10,000 people under detention,” he said.KUALA LUMPUR, July 31 — Human rights groups and lawyers have continued to rubbish Putrajaya’s efforts to amend the Internal Security Act (ISA), reiterating that the five-decade-old security law was “beyond repair” and should be abolished entirely. The Home Ministry announced recently that the Cabinet was currently studying amendments to six preventive laws including the ISA which, among others, will see chang…

ISA Malaysia infamy

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The People’s ParliamentWe are here, not because we are law-breakers; we are here in our efforts to become law-makers – Emmeline Pankhurst Rakyat benci ISA. Mansuhkan sahaja. Tak payah pindaJuly 29, 2010 UPDATE :Details of the venue for the vigil in the other states are as follows :PENANG : at Speakers Square. For details, call Jing Cheng @ 012-7583779PERAK : at Dataran Bandaraya Ipoh. For details, call Dr Kumar @ 019-5616807KEDAH : at Dataran Zero KM, Sg Petani. For details, call Simon Ooi @ 012- 4202264KELANTAN : at Taman Hijau, Jalan Sultanah Zainab ( after Merdeka field ). For details, call Zaidi @ 012-3840415SEREMBAN : at Dataran Seremban. For details, call Veron @ 016-6687900SIBU : No.25, Pusat Tanah Wang, Jalan Perdada, 96000 Sibu, Sarawak. For details, call George @ 019-8873535Kuching : at Lots 468-469, Bangunan Al Idrus Commercial Centre, Jalan Satok, 93400 Kuching. For details, call See Chee How @ 019-8886509 or Zulkifli @ 013-8958174Let us end ISA forever.

Sarawak Ibans trials

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Logging woes: Ibans seek supernatural help Sun, 25 Jul 2010 13:34
By Joseph Tawie

SEBUYAU: The native Ibans of nine longhouses in Sebangan and Sebuyau have resorted to performing a traditional “miring” ceremony which involved summoning their “petara” (gods) and the spirit of their ancestors to help them resolve their dispute with the Quality Concrete logging company over their communal forest. But the company which received its licence from the Sarawak Forest Corporation to log timbers in the area thinks it is a virgin jungle not owned by anyone.

The 3,305 hectares is home to many rare species of timber, flora and fauna. It is also the primary source of drinking water for this native community.

“Today we held a ‘miring’ ceremony and called upon our ‘petara’ and the spirits of our great grandfathers to cast a spell on those who cross the line of blockade.

“We have to do this as a last resort after our meeting with the company and authorities failed to stop them fr…

Chief Minister of Sarawak, Abdul Taib Mahmud systematically plundered a country once rich in natural resources, oil and timber.

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Malaysia's Timber Baron coming to the UK - Join the protestWhere: Entrance of the Said Business School, Park End Street, Oxford OX1 1HP
When: From 9.30 am Monday 26th July 2010


One of Asia’s greatest kleptocrats and single-handedly one of the most destructive forces against the environment and the people who depend on it, the Chief Minister of Sarawak, Abdul Taib Mahmud, will be making the opening address at the Said Business School’s inaugural Islamic Branding and Marketing Forum on Monday 26th July.

During his 30 years of iron grip over Sarawak, Taib Mahmud has systematically plundered a country once rich in natural resources, oil and timber. He and his family are now multi-billionaires, while indigenous tribes resort to the law courts to reclaim their ancestral lands.

Indigenous tribes are struggling to keep logging and oil palm plantations out of the last corners of their ancestral lands, some which are the last remaining areas of bio-diversity left on earth.…

Report reveals rape of tribeswomen by loggers

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Report reveals rape of tribeswomen by loggers20 Julyfrom: http://www.survivalinternational.org/news/6246

A new report has exposed an ‘environment of violence’ against tribeswomen in Borneo. According to the report, released by a coalition of Malaysian human rights groups called the Penan Support Group, there have been repeated cases of rape and sexual assault against Penan women by the loggers who are destroying the tribe’s forests.They follow allegations by other Penan women in 2008, which the Malaysian government denied but was later forced to confirm.The report condemns the Malaysian government for giving lucrative logging concessions on Penan land to ‘private companies closely tied to the state government’, resulting in ‘dispossession, destruction, dislocation and impoverishment’ and an ‘environment of violence’ which leaves Penan women and girls ‘highly vulnerable’.The Sarawak state government has licensed the Penan’s land to logging and plantation companies that have …