Orang Asli’s way of life threatened

Source: The Star Online


GUA MUSANG: For centuries, the jungle and rivers have provided everything for the Temiar people, the orang asli who have always lived in this part of the country.

But the modern world has come calling, and ecroaching into their space. Now, the Temiar’s very existence is under threat.

Their way of life – harvesting and hunting all they need, and sharing what they have with the whole community – is dying out.

Villager Dendi Johari, from Kampung Penad, said outsiders have been exploiting the easy going nature of his community.

He pointed out that Temiar culture dictates that the community share what they have with each other. Read more

Be brave, media urged

Source: The Borneo Post Online

CM challenges media practitioners to expose injustice, abuse and truth, assures them of his support

Winners of Kenyalang Journalism Awards 2015 pose with Adenan and key representatives from the state government, Shell Malaysia, Sarawak Energy, Sarawak Hidro and MPI. — Photos by Chimon Upon

Winners of Kenyalang Journalism Awards 2015 pose with Adenan and key representatives from the state government, Shell Malaysia, Sarawak Energy, Sarawak Hidro and MPI. — Photos by Chimon Upon

KUCHING: Media organisations have been encouraged to be daring in exposing truth and injustice in society in their reports.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem said this would enable members of society to ‘wake up’ rather than being mere bystanders, and inspire them be more proactive towards issues such as child labour and abuse, domestic violence, poverty, corruption and any form of illegal activities.

“Keep on exposing injustices practised in our society. Once people read it on the newspapers, they would realise how unjust some people could be, and also (it could be) a reflection of themselves for doing nothing,” he said in his address at the Kenyalang Journalism Awards (KJA) 2015 on Friday night, held at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK). Read more

Suara tunggal penduduk kampung menentang perlombongan bauksit

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Deretan lori membawa bauksit diliputi debu merah ketika tiba di Pelabuhan Kuantan, Pahang. – Gambar The Malaysian Insider oleh Afif Abd Halim, 20 Disember, 2015.

Pada kadar RM7 hingga RM9 bagi setiap tan tanah, ramai penduduk kampung yang tanah mereka diintai pelombong bauksit di Kuantan, Pahang, menjebakkan diri semata-mata untuk memperoleh sedikit keuntungan dalam kegilaan terbaharu melombong bijih besi yang sangat dimahukan industri aluminium China.

Tetapi bukan Mohd Saidi Abdul Samad, suara tunggal di kampungnya yang lantang bersuara menentang aktiviti perlombongan.

“Sekiranya ayah saya sendiri yang menjual tanahnya kepada pelombong bauksit saya tetap akan menentangnya. Mereka tidak tahu apakah kesan aktiviti ini kepada alam sekitar kita. Saya bukan orang kaya atau berpendidikan tinggi tetapi saya tahu yang (perlombongan) jika tidak dikawal akan menjadi bom jangka,” Saidi memberitahu The Malaysian Insider sewaktu lawatan ke kawasan perlombongan bauksit di negeri pantai timur Semenanjung Malaysia itu.

Saidi disindir kerana menentang aktiviti perlombongan di sekitar kampungnya, Kampung Pemuda Datuk Haji Abdul Aziz, malah dituduh menjadi “macai” pembangkang tetapi kekal menegaskan beliau melakukan perkara terbaik untuk kebaikan penduduk setempat. Read more

Apex court erred in transgender case, says retired judge

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Retired Court of Appeal judge Datuk Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus believes the Federal Court has erred in allowing the objection raised by the Negri Sembilan government in the transgender case. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, December 19, 2015.

The Federal Court erred in allowing the preliminary objection by the Negri Sembilan government in the landmark transgender case involving cross-dressing, said retired Court of Appeal judge Datuk Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus.

“It is a very disturbing decision and with due respect, I think Federal Court got it wrong,” he told the forum, “Whither the Federal Constitution – Do fundamental and minority rights matter?”, organised by the Bar Council in Kuala Lumpur today. Read more