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HRD Attack

28 May 2021

Penan and Kenyah indigenous communities

Incident date
28 May 2021
Date accuracy
All Correct
Not applicable
Penan and Kenyah indigenous communities
Affected community's leader or member, Community, Indigenous peoples
Intimidation & threats
Target: Group, Organisation or Institution
Location of Incident: Malaysia
Samling Malaysia Logging & lumber Company Response
Other actors


On 28 May 2021, Penan and Kenyah indigenous communities, from Long Moh village, were reportedly threatened with legal action in a letter by Syarikat Samling, subsidiary of timber company Samling Group, for campaigning against the company's detrimental activities in Miri division, Sarawak State, Malaysia. For more than a year, the Indigenous communities have been speaking out against Malaysian timber, plantation and construction conglomerate Samling Group and its subsidiaries. They allege the company has encroached on community land, has withheld key documents about the certification process, and failed to obtain free, prior and informed consent of affected communities during the certification process. In a letter dated May 26, Samling subsidiary Syarikat Samling Timber warned the Long Moh village community in Sarawak’s Miri division that it reserved the right to take legal action against parties alleging the company was involved in trespass, damage or destruction. According to Syarikat Samling, such allegations were “astonishing” given that the community is aware the company has the correct permits to operate in the disputed area, and has already accepted payments for a share of the timber harvested.