Switzerland honours Sarawak activists

Source: FMT News

Penan organiser Komeok Joe and anti-dam activist Peter Kallang honoured for their commitment to the protection of Sarawak’s rainforests and defending indigenous rights. Pic taken from FMT News.

Penan organiser Komeok Joe and anti-dam activist Peter Kallang honoured for their commitment to the protection of Sarawak’s rainforests and defending indigenous rights. Pic taken from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Switzerland has honoured two Sarawak activists with the Bruno Manser Prize for Moral Courage.

They were Komeok Joe and Peter Kallang, the Bruno Manser Fund announced in a statement today.

The prize is named after rainforest activist Bruno Manser and honours personalities who have proven moral courage in defending the environment and human rights.

Komeok Joe and Peter Kallang are the first to receive the new award and were chosen for their outstanding commitment in defending indigenous rights in Sarawak, the press release said.

Komeok Joe, member of Malaysia’s indigenous peoples network Joas, was honoured for his struggle to defend the rights of the Penan.

Since the late 1980s, he had been working to protect Sarawak’s remaining primary forests and for the acknowledgement of the land rights of the Penan.

The statement said the commitment of Komeok Joe and the Penan Selungo communities had resulted in significant areas of primary rainforests being preserved until today.

Peter Kallang, as chairman of the grassroots network SAVE Rivers, was honoured for his courage in defending indigenous livelihoods against the threat of dams.

He and his fellow activists had managed to convince the Sarawak Government to cancel the Baram Dam, which would have led to the resettlement of up to 20,000 indigenous people, the statement said. Read more

Case closed on 1MDB, Bank Negara says despite Swiss BSI Bank probe

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Newly-appointed BNM governor Datuk Muhammad Ibrahim said the investigation on 1MDB was concluded after the firm paid a fine. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

Newly-appointed BNM governor Datuk Muhammad Ibrahim said the investigation on 1MDB was concluded after the firm paid a fine. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, May 26 — Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) announced today that its investigation on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) was concluded when the firm paid a fine to it, despite Switzerland opening criminal proceedings against BSI Bank over links to the firm.

Newly-appointed BNM governor Datuk Muhammad Ibrahim said, however, that BNM would continue to cooperate on the matter.

“As far as we are concerned, 1MDB has paid their compound and with that, that is the conclusion of our investigation within Bank Negara Malaysia’s rules and regulations and the law that we administer,” Muhammad told reporters at the sidelines of the 20th Malaysian Banking Summit here.

“There are other laws administered by other authorities,” he added, when asked if BNM would reopen investigations on 1MDB in light of the Swiss authorities launching criminal proceedings against BSI Bank over money laundering allegations. Read more