IGP Must Warn His Men Not To Be Involve In Penan Land Issue
Press statement: 24th October 2012
SUARAM refers to the statement by Sibu police chief DSP Bakar Sebau, warning the Penan natives that criminal action will be taken against them if they do not clear the roadblocks that they have erected.The Penan people have setup a blockade since 25th September 2012 to stop the traffic of lorries and heavy vehicles from entering into the RM3 billion Murum Dam project site.
DSP Bakar Sebau also mentioned that the natives will be charged under Section 143 and 147 of the Penal Code for unlawful assembly and causing riot. It is learned that the police are dispatching more reinforcement from Sibu and Kapit to the blockade area. SUARAM condemns this threat by the police. This is clearly a bully tactic from the state against the Penan natives. The state is now employing the police to forcibly remove the blockade to further its project. SUARAM reiterates
Our Royal Malaysian Police force needs to be educated on human rights and perspective of the people’s struggle. People resort to the blockade as an option to stop destruction for their livelihood as the construction of the dam progresses. Is this a criminal offence?
SUARAM calls upon the IGP Tan Sri Ismail Omar to intervene and tell his men not to interfere in the Penan tribes rights struggle. In order to bring the credibility to the force, they should be seen as a neutral party and not to take the side of the oppressor.
From the desk of Right to Justice,