Sarawak indigenous leaders have launched an online signature campaign against land grabbing by private and government corporations, reports Pan AP.
Suaram activists representating Aliran have told the UN that Malaysia’s indigenous peoples are being forcibly displaced by large extractive industries and the building of dams.
Some 300 indigenous people protested outside the International Hydropower Association’s biennial congress in Kuching this morning, reports SAVE Rivers.
MIRI: SAVE Rivers commends Land Development Minister James Masing on his admission that there is a “need for better communication between the implementers of the project and the people at the grassroots,” re: Penan blockade against the Murum Dam, as reported in the Borneo Post on 2 October 2012.
The current attitude of ‘charity’ or ‘welfare’ towards indigenous rights should be discarded in favour of social justice, equality and reconciliation for past injustices, says Yogeswaran Subramaniam.