The root of the chain of events leading to today’s predicament can be traced back to our overzealous appetite for development in the form of forest clearings and loggings, says Henry Goh.
Alas, how often do we only recognise true greatness in people after they are gone forever. Maybe we are destined to do this over and over again because it is only in the vacuum of loss that we can step back and grasp the full impact of a life lived to the full. How true – and even more so – that is in the case of the late Fan Yew Teng. During his memorial in Brickfields on 5 January, speaker after speaker peeled away so many layers of Fan’s multi-faceted personality. Politicians tried to straight-jacket him but Fan refused to conform and crossed many real and artificial boundaries. He didn’t need the usual trappings of wealth and status to become a towering Malaysian.
The Pelieran-Murum Penan Affairs Committee and the residents of the Penan villages affected by Murum Hydroelectric Dam project are urging the Sarawak state government not to give any approval for the Social and Environmental Impact Assessment (SEIA) until it has been scrutinised by themselves and the public.