Why Sarawak’s ethnic communities can’t be govt’s informants on illegal logging


Desmond Davidson

An environmental activist pours cold water on the Sarawak government’s suggestion for tribal communities in the interior to be its eyes and ears on illegal logging, saying the groups are unable and unwilling to do so. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, February 24, 2022.

AN environmental activist has poured cold water on the Sarawak government’s suggestion for tribal communities in the interior to be its eyes and ears on illegal logging, saying the groups are unable and unwilling to do so.

Peter Kallang, chairman of Save Rivers, said Deputy Chief Minister Awang Tengah Ali Hassan’s proposition showed how disconnected the state leaders are from the rural indigenous population living deep in Sarawak’s forested areas.


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