Why a tribe once described by western anthropologists as rather timid, gentle and peace loving people resorted to filing a lawsuit to protect their land? This is a pictorial essay of why Punan people (not to be confused for Penan) finally said no to logging in Sarawak.
Despite contributing millions and billions to state and logging companies, logging activities has little benefit to the Punan economically. In fact in the long run it will be harmful to them as it depletes the jungle resources which the communities rely on for sustenance.
Once abundance river increasingly murkier due to siltation and other pollutants – chemicals, fertilizer and fuels. Games and fishes gradually disappearing as a result.
Diesel storage tank own by a logging company.
The destruction of forest caused by logging is irreversible and permanent – threatening the very existent of Punan community who rely on forest resources for sustenance.
These logs cost thousand of ringgit to the logging company and a source of conflict with local Punan communities.
The bulldozzer own by a logging company that encroached Punan Bah communal land.
Punan hunters. Games are increasingly difficult to find due to logging activities.
The trail of destruction.