Radio Free Sarawak is the only free broadcasting station designed to reach the longhouse people of Sarawak’s Borneo Jungle. To escape government control, its Iban speaking presenter and producers have been forced to come to London, from where they are now broadcasting two hours a day covering the issues that are affecting the desperate plight of the dispossessed rainforest communities.
Radio Free Sarawak is committed to giving these indigenous people a free voice for the first time, enabling them to speak out about the grabbing of their lands, the felling of their forests and the destruction of their rivers. They have experienced first-hand what has been one of the worst environmental disasters of the last 50 years, the felling of the Borneo Jungle.
Radio Free Sarawak also gives a voice and platform to opposition figures in Malaysia and Sarawak, who do not get a voice or fair coverage in the government-controlled press or broadcast media. These opposition figures have an agenda for fairness and change in their country and they deserve to be able to present it to Malaysia’s electorate.
This Malaysian state does hold elections and claims to be a free democracy. Radio Free Sarawak exists to enable a fair hearing for everyone in Sarawak, so that balance and truth can be represented in their media as well. We need modest funds to keep our voluntary efforts going and any contribution great or small will help us keep the issues of deforestation and the ethnic cleansing of Borneo’s forest people’s at the fore-font of the debate in Malaysia, not hidden as the dirty secret that it has been up till now.