370M indigenous peoples live across 90 countries: UN


In order to raise awareness of the needs of these groups, this special day is celebrated annually on Aug. 9, since the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations, held in Geneva in 1982. Photo Illustrated by – Jagad.id


Indigenous peoples live across 90 countries with an estimated population of 370 million, said the UN on Friday on the occasion of International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.

They make up “less than 5% of the world’s population, but account for 15% of the poorest,” noted the UN.

In order to raise awareness of the needs of these groups, this special day is celebrated annually on Aug. 9, since the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations, held in Geneva in 1982.

This year, the UN focused on the theme of “Indigenous Peoples’ Languages”, by highlighting the contributions of the indigenous peoples to the world’s linguistic diversity, honoring the “International Year of Indigenous Languages”.

Languages play a significant role in the daily lives of people and are essential in the areas of “human rights protection, peace building and sustainable development, through ensuring cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue,” according to the UN.

“Around 5,000 of the 7,000 languages spoken in the world are indigenous, and most of the world’s 2,680 endangered languages are indigenous”, said the EU in a statement.

“Indigenous languages are disappearing at an alarming rate, each one taking with it a cultural and intellectual heritage. We must protect languages under threat of extinction. #IndigenousDay,” the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Twitter.

As a response to these threats, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a Resolution on “Rights of Indigenous Peoples”, and proclaimed this year as the “International Year of Indigenous Languages,” said the UN on its website.

The UN added that the indigenous peoples have sought “recognition of their identities, their way of life and their right to traditional lands, territories and natural resources” for years, but their rights have always been violated.

Stressing that they are one of the “most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups”, the UN urged the international community to take special measures to protect their rights and maintain their distinct cultures.  Article by – AA.COM.TR


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Painted banner by IPs youth of Ulu Papar illustrated as their beloved village that will be submerged by the Kaiduan/Papar dam(2015). Photo Courtesy – DN/TAKaD

1 August 2019

The Malaysia Insight | By – Irwan Majid : SOME 200 anti-dam protesters made their way to Mondoringin in Papar, the area identified as the final site for the Papar hydroelectric dam, to urge the Sabah government to put a stop to the RM3 billion project.

The group consists of villagers from Penampang and Papar, as well as the Task Force against Kaiduan Dam, Save Papar River, Babagon Dam, Pacos Trust and Sabah Bersih 2.0 and other civil society organisations.

They gathered in solidarity in the Ulu Papar region to remind the authorities of the destruction the dam would bring towards the nature and loss of ancestral lands if the project continues.

The Ulu Papar region covers Papar and Penampang, connected via the mountainous range of Crocker Range, which also borders Tambunan.

Construction of the Papar dam is expected to begin next year after the state cabinet approves the final dam plan redesigns, and obtain the necessary funding. – August 1, 2019.

For full article/photos :

The Malaysian Insight/Say ‘no’ to Papar dam

FB Save Ulu Papar/Mondoringin




Drop Papar Dam project, Sabah assistant minister urges state govt


Sabah Assistant Law and Native Affairs Minister Jannie Lasimbang says the dam will affect the native people.

3 July 2019 | KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Assistant Law and Native Affairs Minister Jannie Lasimbang does not want the state government to pursue the construction of the controversial Papar Dam.

She wants the state government to instead explore alternatives to the proposed mega dam. Jannie gave an assurance today that she would speak up for those affected by the project, although she admitted she was in a “difficult” position now.

Being the law and native affairs assistant minister now, she said, “we are in a different situation”, adding, however, that her stand was still the same.

Jannie, who is Sabah DAP Women’s chief, was part of a string of local NGOs and civil society groups who opposed the previous Kaiduan Dam in Penampang, which has since been scrapped by the new government.

However, the government has announced this new dam project, which is to be built in the neighbouring district of Papar. Critics claim it is just a “re-hash of the old project” as it would be constructed on the same river.

The former Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) commissioner said: “I will do my best within my government to give my point of view. I have access to ministers and we have brought this up — it was different when we were in the opposition.

“I do believe native rights have to be respected. In the case of this dam, if it’s going to affect the native people, I think it is very important to ensure their rights, including their land rights, are respected.”

She said she had worked with NGOs in the past and that they knew her stand. The matter, she said, had to be discussed at proper forums and channels.

“My advice to them is to gain the respect of the government and to continue what they believe in. Don’t be deterred just because there are announcements on the dam. Respect of rights — this is what we should work on,” she told reporters here today.

Chief Minister Shafie Apdal had recently defended the state government’s decision to carry on with the Papar Dam project, saying Sabah needed ample water and power supply, especially with more investors coming to the west coast of the state.

Shafie, who said he had spoken to Jannie and her sister Jenifer, the Moyog assemblyman, on the Papar Dam project, also reiterated that the state government had no intention to cancel the project.

Instead, he said, it had cancelled the Kaiduan Dam project, which was planned under the previous government, after protests from villagers.

Jannie said Malaysia had committed to a sustainable development goal and, thus, the country should look to honouring what it signed up for.

“Being a government, we need to ensure that we look at all these aspects — environmental and social impact assessments. These must be adhered to. I also believe we must look at the alternatives.

“I hope there will be a good forum established for them (affected stakeholders) so they can talk about this at a proper platform. My principle is what is agreed upon eventually should be coming from a proper forum and then a decision can be reached by the government.

“I think the chief minister himself has already said that I have expressed to him some of these concerns. Of course, there are things in government that we need to improve. We need to have a good dialogue,” she said.

Jannie said she had been approached by concerned stakeholders, such as the grassroots movement Task Force Against Kaiduan Dam (Takad), which feels villagers there would be badly affected by the Papar Dam project.

She also noted that Deputy Chief Minister Christina Liew had told the last state assembly sitting that the environmental impact assessment for the project had yet to be completed. – FMT news

MANGROVES – Unsung heroes of our coasts


A group of proboscis monkeys roaming in mangrove forest cleared for shrimp farming in Pitas in 2015. Picture courtesy of DGFC.

17 June 2019 – KOTA KINABALU: In conjunction with the recently celebrated World Oceans Day, Coalition 3H  would like to reflect on the wondrous world where land meets sea? The world of mangroves, with which Sabah is abundantly blessed.

Dr Robecca Jumin, Head of Conservation Sabah, WWF Malaysia, (one of nine organisations making up Coalition 3H, along with Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, Borneo Futures, Danau Girang Field Centre, Forever Sabah, Jaringan Orang Asal Se-Malaysia (JOAS), Land Empowerment Animals People (LEAP), PACOS Trust and Seratu Aatai), stressed how mangroves are so important to Sabah and yet undervalued and in danger.

“Sabah has the largest area of mangroves of any state in Malaysia, with over 232,000 hectares, mainly along Sabah’s east and southeast coast. Most are protected as Class V Mangrove Forest Reserves, or as Class 1 Protected or Class VI Virgin Jungle Forest Reserves. However some critical areas, for example on Sabah’s west coast, remain unprotected. – TheBorneoPost | Full article, click here.


Indonesian president hands over management of forests to Indigenous Peoples


Andi Buyung Saputra, Kajang leader, left, with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, right. In a fresh start in customary forest recognition by the State, President Joko Widodo bestows the right to manage customary forests on nine indigenous communities. Photo credit: ICRAF

Indonesia – Indonesia has had a long history of conflict over control of its massive areas of tropical forests that are spread across the many thousands of islands that make up the archipelagic nation. Declaration under former Dutch colonial rule of state ownership of all forests was rarely accepted by the millions of people who lived in them and who had managed them sustainably for centuries.

Widodo’s recent formal handover of titles is a highly symbolic step in the long fight for recognition by indigenous communities, whose customary rights remained contested by the new nationalist government after independence in 1945 despite being enshrined in the founding constitution. The islands now known as Indonesia have long been home to thousands of distinct ethnic groups with their own languages, customs and identity.

“The recognition of customary management of forests is not restricted to the acknowledgment of communities’ rights as stated in the 1945 Constitution. Recognition also means an appreciation of Indonesia’s original values and its identity as a nation,” said Widodo in his opening speech at the Declaration of Recognition of Indigenous Forests event held at the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 30 December 2016. – Forest News | For full article, click here

Dams be damned, let the world’s rivers flow again


Visitors gather to watch giant gushes of water released from the Xiaolangdi dam on the Yellow river in Jiyuan, China. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

The flawed development model of dam-building has continued around the world. It’s time to give permanent protection to free-flowing rivers

By Kate Horner

Fifty years ago, environmentalists and dam builders in the United States were locked in a bitter battle. Dam building had swept the nation in the 1940s and 1950s, blocking and impounding some of the most important rivers of the American west. On the Snake river (where controversies about dams continue to this day), dam construction had led to a massive fish kill and decimated salmon and steelhead runs.

Frank Church, a senator from the state of Idaho, originally supported the dams. But having seen the environmental damage they created, he spoke out for rivers. He saw “a groundswell of public concern for the fate of these majestic streams, many of them threatened by dams which would forever destroy their beauty and ecology”. Church authored the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, which was passed in 1968. The Act now protects more than 12,000 miles of free-flowing rivers in the US.

For the past 60 years, large dams have had devastating impacts on people and the environment. They alter a river’s ecosystem from one that’s cold, flowing and connected, to one that’s warm, stagnant and fragmented – with devastating consequences for wildlife. Dams are one of the main reasons freshwater fish numbers are plummeting – the world has lost 80% of freshwater populations since 1970. In 2000, the World Commission on Dams found that dams were responsible for displacing between 40-80 million people. For full Article, click here.

– Indigenous Peoples Major Group For Sustainable Development


Regional Workshop on Community Based Monitoring and Information System

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Nasiri Sabiah (Kiri), Marusin Peliton (Tengah) & Anne Lasimbang (Kanan) bergambar bersama di bengkel yang telah diadakan di Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Program Regional Workshop on Community Based Monitoring and Information System telah berlangsung di Chiang Mai, Thailand pada 6 – 9 June 2019. Wakil dari Malaysia iaitu Pn. Anne Lasimbang dan Nasiri Saibah (PACOS Trust) bersama Marusin Peliton wakil komuniti Kampung Alutok. Selain mereka, terdapat juga peserta dari Filipina, Thailand, Taiwan, Myanmar, Vietnam dan India.

Dalam program ini, PACOS Trust telah berkongsi pengalaman bersama komuniti dalam penulisan Protokol Komuniti. Peserta juga telah belajar mengenai alat-alat CBMIS (Community-Based Monitoring & Information Systems) yang merupakan suatu kaedah dan teknologi yang digunakan oleh komuniti Orang Asal pada masa kini.


Syukur & Tahniah!


Komuniti dari Kg. Angkawangan Sook dan Galus bergambar bersama peguam berdedikasi Datuk Kong Hong Ming di Mahkamah Tinggi Kota Kinabalu.

3 Jun 2019 – Keputusan BERSEJARAH ke atas Hak Orang Asal khususnya Hak atas Tanah Adat (NCR) melalui KEPUTUSAN bijaksana Hakim Mahkamah Tinggi Kota Kinabalu, YA Ismail Brahim..

Pagi tadi, HAKIM telah bersetuju dan membuat keputusan MENOLAK RAYUAN Perayu menuntut Tanah Adat (NCR) di Kg. Angkawangan, Sook dimana permohonan tanah telah diluluskan kepada Responden Rauni Bin Gambar.

Hakim dengan bijaksana telah membuat dua keputusan penting iaitu;

1. Tanah TIDAK boleh dituntut sebagai Tanah Adat (NCR) melalui usaha secara KONTRAK (cth – Kompeni usaha kemudian orang lain tuntut Tanah Adat atas tanah tersebut)

2. Pengarah Jabatan Tanah dan Ukur TIDAK boleh membuat keputusan KEDUA jika keputusan PERTAMA masih sah ke atas Tanah Kerajaan.

Keputusan ini amat BERSEJARAH!..

Terima kasih dan tahniah kepada keluarga Saudara Rauni Gambar @ Kg. Angkawangan.

Jutaan terima kasih kepada Peguam Datuk Kong Hong Ming yang terus membantu MEMERTABATKAN Hak Orang Asal tanpa jemu..

Satu usaha murni melalui Pertubuhan Penggerak Komuniti Sabah (PPKS) yang dipimpin oleh Peguam Datuk Kong Hong Ming selaku Presiden PPKS dan dengan kerjasama PACOS..

Kepada Hakim yang telah membuat keputusan dengan bijaksana, terima kasih yang tak terhingga.. Tanpa keputusan yang bijaksana, NYAWA Hak Tanah Adat (NCR) Orang Asal dalam keadaan BAHAYA.. – Laporan ringkas disediakan oleh Galus Ahtoi


What we can learn from Indigenous Peoples on Borneo (Sabah)


Photo Courtesy : Weltblick 2.0

# 029 – How to fight for what? I’m talking to Nelson and Galus from PACOS trust. They are both members of local indigenous communities and joined PACOS to empower native people to fight for their country. They share, how and why indigenous people are deeply connected to their country and can learn from their systems to live in harmony with nature. No land – No life.

As everything begins and ends with their country, laws and current regulations are a core issue. You want to learn, why it’s not about taking human beings away from natural resources and how they think about conservation. We touch on topics like climate change, government issues, palm oil and where they take their motivation to fight for their ancestor land every single day. This interview is in English and if you prefer to listen to the key facts, just jump to the last bit and get inspired.

Listen the their interviews here.

Big Bad Wolf treat for Kampung Terian underprivileged kids


Sharity of Hope president Audrey Koh (right) receiving donations from AMC college students for the “Kampung Terian Fun Day” programme to be held on May 30, in Kota Kinabalu. Pix courtesy of Audrey Koh

NST | 13 May 2019 – KOTA KINABALU: Fifty three underprivileged children from far-flung Kampung Terian in Penampang will have the opportunity to buy their favourite books at the upcoming Big Bad Wolf book sale here.

This was made possible with the help from a non-governmental organisation Sharity of Hope which raised funds and sponsorship for the “Kampung Terian Fun Day” programme here on May 30.

Its president Audrey Koh said the organisation hopes to uphold education equity for all children especially those from the less privileged background.

“Education is the key and books are the gateway to information. We would like all children to fall in love with reading because it strengthens the language while widening their knowledge.

“It lays the foundation for creative and critical thinking which our kids really need to face the challenges of 21st century learning,” said Koh, who is also a teacher.

The Big Bad Wolf sale, will be held between May 30 and June 9 at Sabah Trade Centre and is offering discounts up to 90 per cent.

Kampung Terian is located some 30km from Donggongon town in Penampang.

It can only be accessed by using four-wheel-drive vehicles through a dirt road and also takes six-hour by foot to reach.

The overnight trip involving the children will see them stay at the Kipouvu Homestay.

Apart from the book sale, the children will also visit the newly opened library at Tanjung Aru where Assistant State Education and Innovation minister Jenifer Lasimbang will do a storytelling for them.

Their trip will continue to the Cocoa Kingdom for short tour before they return home.

Koh added to date they have raised RM3,000, goodie bags and several items from generous donors for the children.

“Among them include AMC college students who collected funds to buy the kids hula hoops, badminton racquets and shuttlecocks, as well as other sports equipment,” she said. – NST