Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Death of nature -- Long live the Penans

EXCERPTS FROM A RECENT ESSAY

Dances with Dayaks
Azly Rahman





"We did not ask you white men to come here. The Great Spirit gave us this country as a home. You had yours. We did not interfere with you. The Great Spirit gave us plenty of land to live on, and buffalo, deer, antelope and other game. But you have come here, you are taking my land from me, you are killing off our game, so it is hard for us to live. Now, you tell us to work for a living, but the Great Spirit did not make us to work, but to live by hunting. You white men can work if you want to. We do not interfere with you, and again you say why do you not become civilized? We do not want your civilization! We would live as our fathers did, and their fathers before them." - Crazy Horse of the Sioux tribe
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I was just thinking that of all the trails in this life there is one that matters most. It is the trail of a true human being - Kickin Bird, (quote from the movie Dances With Wolves)

The recent happenings in Sarawak interest me; something West Malaysians must learn from. A new era is dawning – of culture and consciousness in the face of state-sponsored corporate crony capitalism. The Sarawakians are dancing to reclaim ownership of their sacred land.

Eco-feminism and ecosophical thinking of Rachel Carson, Anais Nin, and even of the "Lakei Penan" or "Penan Man" Bruno Manser is resurfacing amongst the indigenous peoples of Sarawak and hopefully Sabah too. For too long, Mother Earth has been subjugated by those who do not understand what "development" means. For too long the Sarawakians and the Sabahans have been colonised by emperors in newer clothes who go into the land of the Orang Asal and install individuals, ideologies, and institutions alien to the natives and call it "progress". In the classic play "Kisah Perjuangan Suku Naga" (The Struggle of the Naga Tribe". The Javanese poet WS Rendra called these outsiders "ogres" from Tanah Seberang.






4 comments:

de minimis said...

Dr Azly

I have learnt so much from your analytical thoughts. Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones.

Firefly Soul said...
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Anonymous said...

he natural resources the rainforest of Borneo and
the plight of the Penan and their exploitation
by the Business man and officials is one of the sins of this century . The Quick cash from logging and the plight of these people and the destruction of the rich forest without consideration is a crime against the originals inhabitants of this land.They put should put stop to the deforestation and ensure proper management and adequate compensation. Foreign govertments should ensure an import ban on timber or a huge excise tax for timber orignating from this land.

komando said...

BRUNO MANSER THE SWISS JUNGLE MAN DID WHAT HE COULD AND HE DIED BELIEVING HE DID HIS BEST!

THE PENANS CANNOT BE PUT IN A FIVE STAR HOTEL AND CALL IT HOME!

THEY LIVED BY THE LAND FOR AGES!
THEY THRIVE ON THE LAND TO SURVIVE!

IMAGINE SENDING TUN MAHATIR TO STAY IN THE JUNGLES WITH THE PENAN, HE WONT LAST A DAY!
HE STAYS IN POSH & LUXURIOUS HOMES THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE!

SO, WHY CAN'T WE LIVE THE PENAN'S ALONE AND LET THEM LIVE THEIR LIVES THEY KNOW BEST?

SO WHY MUST WE TRY AND JUSTIFY OUR WAYS & MEANS TO SOLVED THEIR PROBLEMS!

THEY WANT THEIR LAND BACK THAT'S ALL.

THEY HUNT AND FORAGE THE JUNGLES FOR THEIR FOOD - FISHING, HUNTING AND PLANTING!

NO FOREST & JUNGLES MEANS DEATH TO THEM!

NO MORE FISH BECAUSE THE GREEDY LOGGERS FELL ALL THOSE TREES THAT SUPPORT GAME AND ANIMAL LIFE! THEY CONTINUE TO DO SO TILL TODAY, NEVER EVER SAYING IT IS ENOUGH, I HAVE MADE MY MONEY!

RIVERS ARE ALL POLLUTED AND CLOGGED UP, HOW CAN FISH SPAWN? NO MORE TREES HOW CAN ANIMALS FEED, LIVE AND REPRODUCE?

SO IMAGINE .....

HOW A GROUP OF INNOCENT PEOPLE SUFFER IN THE HANDS OF SO CALLED LEARNED AND INTELLIGENT HUMANS CLAIMING TO BE SUPERIOR AND RULING THEIR LAND!

WE CAN NEVER CHANGE THEM...LEADERS ARE FOR EVER FOREVER EVER GREEDY! THEY THINK THEY OWN EVERYTHING AND ALL OF US TOO!

HOW SAD...MALAYSIA IS A DONE DEAL !

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