What now?

When allegations of rape and sexual abuse of the Penan young women and school girls came to light last September 2008, the Sarawak state government was dismissive with the news reports:

Penan girls claim abuse , Against their will , Violated by loggers , A neglected people

Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud said the reports were nothing but lies and demanded that the newspapers corrected them. Check your information or you will be suspected by the decent people of Sarawak of trying to sabotage us when we have toiled to develop our state, Taib said.

Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu who is the chairman of the steering committee on Penan Affairs said that it would be a waste of time to investigate. He said: I have not heard of such complaints from the Penan communal leaders in my many visits to Ulu Baram.

Sarawaks Rural Development Minister James Masing described the Penans as good storytellers.

Now that the Women and Family Affairs Ministry has released its National Task Force Report confirming the allegations of sexual abuse of Penan women and young girls, these state leaders have switched to the silent mode.

If this has happened in another country, the whole state leadership, the cabinet would have come out to apologize and offered their resignation.

But this is Sarawak. This is Malaysia!

Would Taib, Jabu, James Masing and their BN colleagues offer their apologies and resign?

Not a chance!

But we are putting what they have said on record. Let the people judge them at the next election!

Read more at: http://hornbillunleashed.wordpress.com/ … es-masing/
this 3 jokers should answer the people.

THE STAR: Friday September 11, 2009

[size=150]The rape of young Penan girls[/size]

Allegations of Penan girls and women being raped and molested by timber company workers in the Baram district in Sarawak have been confi rmed to be true.

A special committee set up by the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry revealed that at least seven girls and women were raped and molested - confi rming a news report by The Star late last year.

The horror the Penan girls and women went through.

A girl, 12, was raped by a stranger outside her hostel and by a timber worker when she took a lift in a timber companys vehicle from her village in Long Kawi to her school in Long Lama. She got pregnant, quit school and married a Penan man.

A woman from Long Item was raped by a timber worker in 2005 and 2007 and gave birth to a baby girl, now two years old.

One was raped by an Iban timber worker when she was kidnapped at the age of 13, while visiting her relatives in Miri.

One was almost raped when she took a lift with her father from a timber company to apply for an identity card.

In Long Muboi, a student said her 14-year-old friend was molested by a truck driver who gave her a lift to school.

A 17-year-old girl gave birth to a child and her neighbours claimed that she had sexual relations with the timber workers.

A group of women said they believed that sex exploitation exists among the Penan women and girls but they were too ashamed to tell their stories.

So, what Sarawak politicians can said about these reports???
Indeed very sad to hear of such news happening to the innocent people and the stupid politicians just keep ignoring the facts and covering for their own gangs (i.e. the timber companies)…
This is what the BN Government bring to the rural communities… Take away their land, their assets and now the ladies… What a shame to the State of Sarawak!!!

Way to go Swak…1Malaysia…Sarawakians finally woke up from their dream land…

Only now that they’re awake…?Even if they are awake…other people still come in and take.

(NST) KUCHING: Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang believes the Penans were manipulated by Western non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to tell lies to a committee set up by the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry last year.

The ministry formed the committee to investigate allegations of sexual abuse on Penan girls and women by timber camp workers in the deep in the interior of Baram in Miri Division.

The committee interviewed Penan community leaders and alleged sexual abuse victims during a visit to Baram. The ministry released the report a few days ago.

The report cited eight cases of sexual abuse, mostly against schoolgirls aged below 16.

Most of the victims gave birth after they had been abused.

Speaking after launching the Mitshubishi Triton pick-up truck here, Jabu said he had not seen the report.

"When the report comes over to us, we must study it. We cannot just brush it aside.

“But, you must remember that there are strong elements of negative NGOs that are behind the Penans.”

He alleged that Western NGOs had manipulated the Penans in the past, making them concoct stories about Malaysia and Sarawak.

“If the report is fair and constructive we will be in a position to study, but not when it is distorted and manufactured to the advantage of the NGOs, especially those who have no concern for the Penans.”

He said if the opposition wanted to make political capital out of it, then it was their business.

Jabu, who is also the chairman of the Cabinet Committee in Charge of Penan Affairs, said the state government would support any action the police took against those involved in the sexual abuse.

State Social Development and Urbanisation Minister Datuk Seri William Mawan Ikom said he had not received the report and could only comment on it after discussing it with his officers.

"However, if a crime has been committed, then it will definitely go through the process of the law.

“We cannot just say things unless we can prove it,” he said after handing Hari Raya cakes to police and army personnel.

“These things (sexual abuse) do happen. If the culprits have been identified, let the law take its course.”

He acknowledged that schoolgirls in rural areas often had to rely on timber company lorry drivers to get to school.

“At times, these students are forced to spend the night on the road or whatever shelter available, including the timber camps, because of the distance from their village to school.”

Parti Rakyat Sarawak president Datuk Seri Dr James Masing has urged the authorities to take immediate steps to arrest those responsible.

“The perpetrators of this hideous crime should not be left free.”

Masing said he was stunned and shocked to read the findings of the report.

Masing trying to cover his ass…

What a contradicting statements now given by these clowns…
Jabu is just being ignorant :evil:

[quote=“ghost”]penan and the hospitality of sex.
…outsiders would manipulate the penan woman to get sex. if it’s happened between two adult, then you can’t have a case.[/quote]

I’ve always thought that as long as both adults are not married to each other, it’s considered rape. If the penan women were made to believe by offering their ‘hospitality’ is right, and the men still come over, it is still considered rape, right? The same thing when a woman who is not fully conscious or were made to believe that the man she is going to have intercourse with will be her spouse etc. These women were made believe that it is okay to commit whatever that they have committed. I mean, their norm, no matter under what kind of circumstances, it is still against the law even if it is not against their will, right? I mean isn’t that so? This is weird…really…I’m appalled… :shock:

No, not from Mars and definitely not someone with law as a background knowledge. Yes, I agree the case will be irrelevant if both consented adults committed it. I’m curious…if these women were in fear that they would be harmed therefore they gave their consent, can it be considered rape?

I have no comments on authority not taking action on statutory rape but I do know that, if it happened to one of their kind…public will see prompt action.

how I wish he will be grilled on East 101 like they did to Masing and show the rakyat what fools they are…

haiz…I’m referring to the news report lah dey.