9/11 its a very significant date in the United States ( The September 11 attacks (often referred to as September 11th or 9/11) were a series of coordinated suicide attacks by Al-Qaeda upon the United States on September 11, 2001.
We covered the PENAN ISSUE on Oct 7th 2008 and today its 9/11 and at 9.11 am I received an sms from a political friend who said to me that the Penan Issue is headlined in the front page of the Star,”They were RAPED“. I did tell him that once audie comes back from HIATUS it will be on 9/11. The drum beats from the jungles where the nomadic Penans live is without a doubt creating A BIG BOOM,BOOM BOOM SOUND.
I did mention to a women activists who is very close to the Minister of Women ,Family and Community in the presence of a lady lawyer a couple of days ago and we are thankful to the almighty creator that the prayers are answered. This must never go one and the Penans are HUMAN BEINGS too and their RIGHTS have to be Protected.
Back from HIATUS on 9/11 and this is the HEADLINES STORY,”THEY WERE RAPED” .
Allegations of Penan girls and women being raped and molested by timber company workers in the Baram district in Sarawak have been confi rmed to be true.
A special committee set up by the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry revealed that at least seven girls and women were raped and molested – confi rming a news report by The Star late last year.
The horror the Penan girls and women went through.
> A girl, 12, was raped by a stranger outside her hostel and by a timber worker when she took a lift in a timber company’s vehicle from her village in Long Kawi to her school in Long Lama. She got pregnant, quit school and married a Penan man.
> A woman from Long Item was raped by a timber worker in 2005 and 2007 and gave birth to a baby girl, now two years old.
> One was raped by an Iban timber worker when she was kidnapped at the age of 13, while visiting her relatives in Miri.
> One was almost raped when she took a lift with her father from a timber company to apply for an identity card.
> In Long Muboi, a student said her 14-year-old friend was molested by a truck driver who gave her a lift to school.
> A 17-year-old girl gave birth to a child and her neighbours claimed that she had sexual relations with the timber workers.
> A group of women said they believed that sex exploitation exists among the Penan women and girls but they were too ashamed to tell their stories.