Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Helpless victims of merciless sex predators

The Penan community is mystified with the slow reaction by the authorities, especially the police, in taking action against the sexual abuse, including rape of the Penan girl, as identified by a national task force.

The Penan elders fear that the government will conveniently let the matter to rest while the Penan girls continue to face violations regularly.

Helpless victims of merciless sex predators from Indrani Kopal on Vimeo.



The report by the Ministry for Women, Family and Community Development, was compiled by a high-level task force, comprising government officials, a police representative and women's groups and released on Sept 8, almost eight months after the fact-finding mission was undertaken in Penan villages in Baram.

The report confirmed that sexual harassment and exploitation by timber camp workers had indeed taken place and indentified several cases in the report.

Since the release of the report, much has been said by the government to support the Penan victims and their family members but more significantly the police have not made any arrests so far.

In a recent Malaysiakini visit to Ulu Baram, many Penan leaders expressed disappointment with the police's lack of teeth in catching the culprits.


Story by K Kabilan
Video by Indrani Kopal

Independence gone with the trees

Independence gone with the trees from Indrani Kopal on Vimeo.




For an outsider, the Penans are an unknown enigma. For the government, they are the blind spot that can be conveniently missed; and for the logging concessionaires and plantation kingpins, they are pure nuisance.

However for those who know them, they are shy, genial and sensible people with a ready smile and plenty of love for the forest they call their home.

Story by K Kabilan
Video by Indrani Kopal

'Penans will die if jungle is destroyed'

'Penans will die if jungle is destroyed' from Indrani Kopal on Vimeo.




"There are no more trees in my village. They have been logged away. Now they want to plant palm oil trees in this area."

Penan village leader Unga Paren is on a mission. He wants his people to be able to continue living peacefully in their environment as they have been doing for thousands of years.

He wants all form of harassments and pressures to uproot them from the villages by the logging companies and politicians - at most times working in tandem - to stop.

Full story in Malaysiakini.com

Story by K Kabilan
Video by Indrani Kopal

It's not easy being a Penan

The Penans are waging a battle on two fronts simultaneously. On one hand, they are trying to protect their jungle from being destroyed by loggers while on the other they are trying their best to get the authorities to provide them with the most basic necessities in life.

Reported by K Kabilan
Produced and Edited by Maran Perianen and Indrani Kopal

It's not easy being a Penan from Indrani Kopal on Vimeo.