It is sad that the sexual abuse of Penan women took so long to be uncovered. The main question which should be asked is, "Was the state authority trying to cover up this embarrassment?"
Spokesman of the Bruno Manser Fund noted that the report, which contains the results of an investigation conducted by the ministry in November 2008 "contradicted statements by leading Sarawak politicians."
"(This includes) Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu, who had condemned (us) for making the Penans' allegations of sexual abuse public," it said.
The extend of poverty and neglect faced by the community is yet another proof that the Barisan pro-Bumiputera policy has a limited focus on a certain segment of the Bumiputeras.
Collectively, the communities in Sabah, Sarawak, Trengganu, Kelantan and other parts of the country which are located outside of the Klang Valley development sphere should pressure the federal government to decentralise its power and development budget.
Socio-economic development and infrastructure development cannot be focused merely around Klang valley. The overly centralised model has failed in its purpose and objective to help develop Malaysia more evenly.
As usual, this case has put Malaysia in a bad light and it reflects another failure of the Barisan government ability to rule fairly.