KUCHING: The owners of Kuching’s five-star Pullman Hotel, Interhill Group, have been accused of “aggressive and environmentally destructive logging practices” in the Middle Baram region.
A member of the commercial group, Miri-based Interhill Logging Sdn Bhd holds the license to log the forests in Middle Baram in the Miri division of Sarawak.
The Penan community in Middle Baram have been at odds with Interhill from as far back as 2006.
Last Thursday, after several failed attempts at ‘negotiating with Interhill’, 70 Penan tribesmen from the Ba Abang and Long Kawi communities in Middle Baram started blockading a logging road to prevent the further felling of their rainforest.
According to the Swiss-based Bruno Manser Fund (BMF), the blockade was erected near the Ba Bunau river within the community claimed native customary rights (NCR) land.
The Penans are an iconic community in Borneo and have steadfastly stuck to their nomadic ways.
They have perhaps fought the hardest and longest to prevent the destruction of their rainforest habitat by greedy and relentless logging.