Write a letter for the Penan

1. Write your letter, then 2. Complete it and 3. Mail it

Since the 1970s, the Penan have had their forest destroyed by logging and oil palm plantations. The government has told the Penan that they have no rights to their land at all until they ‘settle down’ or start farming.

The Malaysian government claims that Sarawak is being logged sustainably, but in fact its forests are being destroyed at one of the fastest rates in the world. As the forests are logged, the rivers are silted up, killing the fish. The game is being scared deeper into the few remaining forests.

The Penan have been fighting back by erecting blockades across the logging roads. Many Penan have been arrested for these peaceful protests.

How you can help

Please write raising your concerns about the situation of the Penan.

You can use our sample letter or write you own.

YAB Datuk Amar Abang Johari Abang Openg
Chief Minister of Sarawak
Office of the Chief Minister of Sarawak
22nd Floor, Wisma Bapa Malaysia Petra Jaya

January 20, 2022

Dear Chief Minister

Will my letter make a difference?
Yes. Time and again, letters from Survival supporters have called governments and organisations to account. Policies have changed and lives have been saved.

Post or email?
We always provide an email address where we can get one, and where we think a message will get through. Sometimes we provide a postal address too. Posting a letter is always the most effective way of making your views known, by far. If you can, please post a letter.