What Rainforest?


What Rainforest? Makes It To The Borneo Post
July 17, 2008, 5:32 am
Filed under: Campaign, Indigenous People, Media Reports, Oil Palm

KUCHING: Flyers with sarcastic messages about the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) were found distributed on the second night of the festival in what looked like an attempt to smear the event and get some ‘messages’ across to the authorities.

The double-sided printed flyers had ‘What Rainforest?’ written in bold letters, and printed on the other side was what seemed to be an ‘invitation’ to the ‘The Sarawak Oil-Palm/Forest Plantation World Music Festival’ and a website of http://www.whatrainforest.com. While the motive behind this might be apparent to most, it seems that the distributors had picked the wrong event to highlight their causes.

Holding a flyer, a journalist at the festival said this group of people us using the wrong platform to convey their message.

“This is the wrong time and the wrong place to do it. This festival actually helps the tourism industry. These people are just barking up the wrong tree,” he said.

Being an environmentalist himself, he felt the group needed to rethink their direction and find the right platform in order to get their messages through.

He said it was a music festival where people came together as one and banging on the festival was really inappropriate.

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PS: according to the media circulation monitoring agency ABC, The Borneo Post last recorded a circulation of 86000. We, at What Rainforest? would like to thank the Borneo Post for quoting our flyer almost word for word and for publicizing our website http://www.whatrainforest.com… instantly providing our flyer a reach of 86000 audiences. We look forward to more mindless scathing articles by the Borneo Post in regards to our campaign.

PPS: Yes it is true. According to the article above, The Sarawak Rainforest World Music Festival is not the place to highlight the plight of the rainforest. We are ‘sorry’ that we have failed to realize that the SRWMF is really nothing more than a mere tourism event.

PPPS: We encourage readers to respond to the Borneo Post by writing to its editor at bpletters@theborneopost.com. Or visit http://www.theborneopost.com/?page_id=23 . If you do send a letter, let us know by pasting a copy of it in the comments section of this post.


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