Baru Bian: “Natives will suffer under new forests bill”

Friday 24 April, 2015


On today’s show RFS speak to PKR State Chairman, Baru Bian who expresses concern over the recently enforced Forests Bill 2015. Baru claims that it will negatively affect native communities, making it harder for them to claims rights over their native lands. Why are communities only being given 60 days to submit their claims? And why were Dayak Minister’s such as James Masing, Alfred Jabu and William Mawan silent? Tune in for more..

The ASEAN People’s Forum is the largest annual conference by civil society in the region, attracting over a thousand participants per year. We speak to former Executive Director of the Borneo Research Institute Malaysia (BRIMAS), Mark Bujang who participated in this years conference in Kuala Lumpur. Mark touched on many issues facing the indigenous peoples of Sarawak including NCR claims and struggles against mega-dams. And we catch up with native rights activist Adrian Lasimbang on the issues facing indigenous communities in Borneo’s other Malaysian state, Sabah. Adrian says he brought indigenous representatives from Sabah to speak at this year’s forum.

Baram PKR Secretary Dennis Along informs our listeners about tomorrow’s Sarawak Dayak Symposium which will be held from 9am – 2pm at Miri Telang Usan Hotel. The symposium will discuss the future of Dayak communities under the rule of Barisan Nasional and other issues including mega-dams, land grabbing and migrant workers. Dennis Along invites anyone to join the discussion.

And tune in for Christina Suntai’s commentary on why she thinks former Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad wants current Prime Minster Najib Razak to resign.

Enjoy the show!