- To make an effort to obtain financial allocations for the housing and healthcare needs for the Penan community.
They also urged the government to acknowledge their NCR land status and recognise their boundary.
He said that compounding the matter is the fact that in the months following the signing of the MOU, Telang Usan assemblyman Lihan Jok, had reportedly said that the state government wanted the Penan community to relocate to a government resettlement site similar to the Sungai Asap Resettlement project.
“Apparently, the state government wanted the Penan community to stop living a semi-nomadic life and to settle in one place with jobs in rubber plantations and only then will plots of land be provided for them.
“Also perplexing the community is the question of RM2.7 million government allocation for Penan housing as announced by Miri Resident, Ngenang Janggu in the Borneo Post on Sept 18, 2009,” he said.
Meanwhile more than 150 Penan villagers from Sg. Layun, Apoh, Tutoh and Patah gathered in Kpg. Long Nen and Long Belok to stage symbolic blockades in commemoration of their one year blockade anniversary on Sept 2, 2010 which brought the logging industry to a halt.
The blockade erected last year which lasted for more than a month from August to September was compelled by the apathy shown by the state government towards the communities and their native customary rights (NCR). Their land has been continuously plundered by logging and oil palm companies despite the strong opposition displayed by the communities over the last three decades.
Following the setting up of blockades last year, the Penans from Long Nen and Long Belok issued the four sets of demands to the state authorities.
In response assemblyman Jok, turned up at the blockade site and instead of listening to the genuine demands of the Penans pressured them into agreeing to the government’s pledges to assist them.
Until today, none of the pledges has been fulfilled.
"Land is our life and blood, without forest we cannot survive. We're not like the people in the towns, who have money and can buy things. If we lose all the things the forest gives us, we will die" - Penan, Sarawak, Malaysia