This is an interview with Nyaru Bete, the Chairperson of the Batu Bungan Action Committee on the encroachment of a company called Radiant Lagoon onto their their native customary land. This Penan community from Batu Bungan, Mulu, Sarawak told SAM that some time in January/February 2019 an oil palm project had encroached into their native customary territory next to the Gunung Mulu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To stop this encroachment, the village constructed a blockade and made a police report. Unfortunately, the blockade was destroyed by the workers constructing the road to the oil palm plantation. The community was recently called for a discussion by the company and the state government. The community’s demand to the government is that their customary territory should be left untouched forever. The interview is in Bahasa Malaysia.
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