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Launch of Rainforest Hero and Voices from the Rainforest

Event Details

Date : 16 November 2015, Monday
Time : 8:00 pm
Venue : Rumah Gerakbudaya
No 2, Jalan Bukit 11/2, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor (adjacent to Universiti Malaya Hospital)

SIRD Cordially invite you to join the launch of Rainforest Hero : The Life and Death of Bruno Manser and Voices from the Rainforest : Testimonies of a Threathened People as follows :

Speakers : Ruedi Suter, Author of Rainforest Hero
Dr. Colin Nicholas, Director, Center for Orang Asli Concern
Bilong Oyau, Penan Representative
James Lalo Keso, Penan Representative

In 1984, Swiss shepherd Bruno Manser trekked through the virgin rainforests of Borneo to live among the jungle’s last nomads. In six years among the Penan people, Manser witnessed the wholesale destruction of one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems through rapid deforestation. He swore to do everything he could to stop it.

Manser’s globetrotting campaign brought the world’s attention to tropical ­deforestation. It also made him an enemy of Asia’s timber barons. In 2000 he disappeared without a trace.

Ruedi Suter’s engrossing biography – the first in English – charts Manser’s ­extraordinary journey from a young man who sought to escape civilization for the peace of the jungle to a campaigner who would stand up to oligarchs, lead protests around the globe, and, ultimately, give his life for the forests that he loved.

Voices from the Rainforest, authored by Bruno Manser in 1992, tells the story of logging in Sarawak, its devastating effects on indigenous people, and government collusion with their suffering. It’s a chronicle of injustice, brutality and resistance, recounted by Penan themselves, while Manser’s illustrations bring the rainforest to life. This book is an essential record of the injustices suffered by the Penan in the 1980s and 1990s, and a reminder that the struggle is not over yet.

Admission is free, Please click here for registration :

Enquiry : 03-79578342 / 012-2658448

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