What Rainforest?


About What Rainforest?

What Rainforest? is a collective of individuals and NGOs concerned about the state of the Malaysian rainforests and its inhabitants.

What Rainforest was launched to counter the myth perpetuated by the government and pro-logging, pro-plantation corporate interests that everything is fine with the Malaysian rainforest.

The common rhetoric is Malaysia is under 65% forest cover AND amazingly that figure has not reduced since Rio Summit 1992 even though thousands and thousands of hectares including production forests in so-called Forest Reserves were cleared for development. Promoter of oil palm, possibly the biggest deforestation driver will have you believe that this monoculture plantation is as good as forest and that will push up Malaysia forest cover to 80%.

We also aim to highlight the human rights violations, loss of native customary rights (NCR) land and the poverty entrenchment of the indigenous people of Malaysia that is at the heart of deforestation since 1970s.

Currently, we aim to highlight these plights through posting related media reports on this website and by organizing public awareness campaigns.

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You will be proud that your earlier video “penusah tana” was shown last week to a bunch of sarawakian planters …. its very powerful to see them react to the interviews and I think was a big eye openeer for them…especially as it was in a language some understood (Penan). The other scene, with the policemen telling the villagers that boundaries change as that’s a natural eart movement was a shocker too! Would like more copies now of your diff films as I think it makes good ‘education”. Cheers!

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You will be proud that your earlier video “penusah tana” was shown last week to a bunch of sarawakian planters …. its very powerful to see them react to the interviews and I think was a big eye opener for them…especially as it was in a language some understood (Penan). The other scene, with the policemen telling the villagers that boundaries change as that’s a natural earth movement was a shocker too! Would like more copies now of your diff films as I think it makes good ‘education”. Cheers!

Comment by Reza

Horrendous destruction! Great films! Thank you. I am a Australian women currently travelling overland from UK (my home of 4 years) to Australia. I bought the ‘what rainforest’ DVD in KL today, and showed it in the hostel where I’m staying. It inspired lots of discussion and debate amongst the audience (Indonesian, Australian, New Zealand, Laos). I loved that seeing the active resistance with the Penan’s forest blocades – inspiring stuff!

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