• Samad Said - Janda Setinggan

    Katanya: Derita itu aku. Dirinya cemas diterjah usia dalam kabus belasungkawa, dia tergigau hampir seminggu diancam lipan, angin dan debu yang sama. Desa bahagia, derita.

  • Samad Said - Nikmat

    Segala yang dihasrat, tapi tak didapat adalah nikmat yang paling padat.

  • Samad Said - Ombak

    Ombak yang menjamah kakiku sekali takkan dapat kukenali lagi..

  • Samad Said - Bahasa Terindah

    Sesudah demikian lama dicintai, sukarlah dilupakan. Inti pengalaman, kepedihan; akar kerinduan keresahan… Memang begitu banyak diperlukan kekuatan, kepangkalan batin, rakit ditambatkan bara kenangan dikuatkan .

  • Samad Said - Tetamu Senja

    Kita datang ini satu roh satu jasad, Bila pulang nanti bawa bakti padat berkat, Kita datang ini satu roh satu jasad Bila pulang nanti bawa bakti padat berkat .

Story that I will remember

Recently, a friend of mine sent me a story of a girl who promise to help her friend in school and want me to comment.This is my comment

"The happiest people on this planet are not those who live on their own terms but are those who change their terms for the ones whom they love. Love Touch And Inspire your friends "The life is short, the vanities of world are transient but they alone live who live for others; the rest are more dead than alive"


My wife called, 'How long will you be with that newspaper? Will you come here and make your darling daughter eat her food?'

I tossed the paper away and rushed to the scene. My only daughter Sindu looked frightened.

Tears were welling up in her eyes. In front of her was a bowl filled to its brim with Curd Rice. Sindu is a nice child, quite intelligent for her age. She has just turned eight. She particularly detested Curd Rice. My mother and my wife are orthodox, and believe firmly in the 'cooling effects' of Curd Rice! I cleared my throat, and picked up the bowl.

'Sindu, darling,why don't you take a few mouthful of this Curd Rice? Just for Dad's sake, dear.

Sindu softened a bit, and wiped her tears with the back of her hands.

'OK, Dad. I will eat - not just a few mouthfuls, but the whole lot of this.

But, you should...' Sindu hesitated. 'Dad, if I eat this entire curd Rice, will you give me whatever I ask for?'....

Oh sure, darling'.... 'Promise?'......... 'Promise'.

I covered the pink soft hand extended by my daughter with mine, and clinched the deal.

'Ask Mom also to give a similar promise', my daughter insisted.

My wife put her hand on Sindu's, muttering 'Promise'. Now I became a bit anxious.

'Sindu dear, you shouldn't insist on getting a computer or any such expensive items. Dad does not have that kind of money right now. OK?'

'No, Dad. I do not want anything expensive'.

Slowly and painfully, she finished eating the whole quantity.

I was silently angry with my wife and my mother for forcing my child eat something that she detested. After the ordeal was through, Sindu came to me with her eyes wide with expectation. All our attention was on her.

'Dad, I want to have my head shaved off, this Sunday!' was her demand.

'Atrocious!' shouted my wife, 'A girl child having her head shaved off? Impossible!' 'Never in our family!' my mother rasped.

'She has been watching too much of television. Our culture is getting totally spoiled with these TV programs!'

Sindu darling, why don't you ask for something else? We will be sad seeing you with a clean-shaven head.'

'No, Dad. I do not want anything else', Sindu said with finality.

'Please, Sindu, why don't you try to understand our feelings?'

I tried to plead with her.

'Dad, you saw how difficult it was for me to eat that Curd Rice'.

Sindu was in tears. 'And you promised to grant me whatever I ask for.

Now, you are going back on your words. Was it not you who told me the story of King Harishchandra, and its moral that we should honor our promises no matter what?'

It was time for me to call the shots.
'Our promise must be kept.'
'Are you out your mind?' chorused my mother and wife.

'No. If we go back on our promises, she will never learn to honor her own.

Sindu, your wish will be fulfilled.'

With her head clean-shaven, Sindu had a round-face, and her eyes looked big and beautiful.

On Monday morning, I dropped her at her school. It was a sight to watch my hairless Sindu walking towards her cl-assroom. She turned around and waved. I waved back with a smile. Just then, a boy alighted from a car, and shouted, 'Sinduja, please wait for me!'

What struck me was the hairless head of that boy.
'May be, that is the in-stuff', I thought. 'Sir, your daughter Sinduja is great indeed!' Without introducing herself, a lady got out of the car, and continued,' That boy who is walking along with your daughter is my son Harish. He is suffering from... ... leukemia.' She paused to muffle her sobs.

Harish could not attend the school for the whole of the last month. He lost all his hair due to the side effects of the chemotherapy. He refused to come back to school fearing the unintentional but cruel teasing of the schoolmates.

'Sinduja visited him last week, and promised him that she will take care of the teasing issue.

But, I never imagined she would sacrifice her lovely hair for the sake of my son! Sir, you and your wife are blessed to have such a noble soul as your daughter.'

I stood transfixed. And then, I wept. 'My little Angel, you are teaching me how self-less real love is!'

Peer Learning Programme on Best Management Practices on Peatland For Community

Mr Chairman

Distinguish Guest of Honor
1. Ir Arief Yuwono, Deputy Minister for Environment, Degradation Control and Climate Change
2. Bapak Ikhsan, Kepala Bahagian Lingkungan Hidup (BELHA) Provinsi Kalimantan Selatan

The Distinguish Participant from ASEAN, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos

Please allow me in this introduction remark for peer learning on best management practices on peatland for community to express to you in my name and on behalf of Mr Faizal Parish, The Director of GEC and on behalf of Regional Project Executing Agency (RPEA) of the Asean Peatland Forest Project (APFP).

On this occation, I would like to extent my sincere thanks to the Indonesian Component led by Ibu Lailan Syaufina (National Expert) and Ibu Wahyu Utami and the rest of the team for today's events in this outstanding Mercure Hotel.

Let us joint today's event by saying today's word "Let Good Things Happens"

The Peer Learning programme is to showcase best management practices in Indonesia to the identified community groups who are living or are dependent on peatlands for their livelyhoods from the four participating countries of the project, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Philipines and Vietnam. This programme will also provide a platform for experience sharing of Best Management Practices (BMP's) among the participants and to promote replication of BMP's in their respective region. It is also to enable domonstration sites for information exchange among peatland managers in the region.

We hope that the peer learning will be very useful especially in the educating the representative of the local community who attended the program. The public awareness and on conserving and protecting the peatland will increased.

For that I wish you all a happy learning in peer learning programme.

Thank you

Coordinator, Forest and Peatland
Regional Project Coordinator, APFP-SEApeat

Environmental and social impacts of oil palm plantations in Malaysia

The main environmental and social impacts in Malaysia are a result of expansion of oil palm into forests and peatlands and into community lands especially customary lands of Indigenous peoples. There are more than 3 million indigenous people in Malaysia comprising 15% of the population. Due to lack of clear recognition of indigenous and customary rights – it is these populations that frequently are impacted by plantation expansion.

As of 2012, Malaysia has cultivated 5.1 million hectares for palm oil (15% of the country). This represents an increase of 26% in area since 2005, a period in which demand for biofuel has been part of driving this expansion.

The majority of this expansion has taken place in the state of Sarawak where 50% of the population comprises indigenous peoples. For example the area of oil palm developed on Peat in Sarawak in the year 2000 was 111,374 ha, while in 2007 it had increased to 329,552 ha and by 2010 was 532,931 ha or an increase of 383% in 10 years or average of 38% per year.

Increases in oil palm areas have also taken place in the Malaysian Borneo State of Sabah in the last 5 years. Sabah currently has 19% of its landmass under palm oil cultivation and is the number one producer for palm oil in Malaysia with 30% of the production originating here. It is also recognised as an area of rich biodiversity. It is the stronghold of the Malaysian orang-utan population with an estimated 80% of the nation’s orang-utan. Unfortunately, up to 40% of the orang-utans live in areas that are not fully protected and are desirable places for palm oil cultivation.

Although the Malaysian Palm Oil sector has often claimed that it does not contribute to deforestation, many studies have shown that in fact large areas of forest and peatland have been recently converted to oil palm. In Sarawak, for example, the area of oil palm developed in areas which were formerly peat swamp forest has increased from almost none 20 years ago to 437,174ha in 2009 comprising 37.5% of the area of oil palm in the state ( see Table 2). Numerous studies have confirmed that the development of oil palm plantations in former peat swamp forests leads to a massive carbon debt due to the high emissions of carbon dioxide from decomposition of the peat layer. Danielsen et al 2008 showed that cultivation of oil palm for biofuel on peatlands would only become carbon neutral after 600-1000 years. However, in practice due to subsidence and increased flooding – oil palm cultivation on peat may not be feasible beyond 100 years. Therefore encouragement of further oil palm cultivation on peat will lead to overall increased GHG emissions.

It has been argued that the demand for biofuel in Europe associated with the Renewable Energy Directive (RED) does not impact forests and peatlands because oil palm cultivated in such areas since 2008 are not eligible for subsidies. However, the reality is that increased demand for biofuel has diverted 45% of the European vegetable oil production for use as biofuels which in turn has driven similar increases in demand for palm oil to substitute the European grown oil for the food industry. In addition, purchases of palm oil directly by biofuel producers such as Neste oil has directly increased demand for oil palm and so has led to expansion of plantations.

Even though the European Union traces the origin of the biofuel it purchases and ensures it comes from well-established plantations on mineral soils – it is having the impact to increase demand from the sector leading to indirect land use change and conversion of forests, peatland and community land. This is already leading to significant impacts on climate change, biodiversity as well as on local communities/indigenous peoples.

In addition to impacts from expansion of plantations – ongoing operations of oil palm plantations and mills have major negative impacts on the environment and local communities through pollution of the air and water sources, high use of pesticides and poor standards of worker’s safety and welfare.

On social impacts, the need for land for palm oil expansion has caused indigenous communities to lose their native customary lands or live under the threat of losing it. Indigenous Peoples count among the most poor in Malaysia, due to marginalisation from the mainstream society on account of the non-recognition of our rights as contained in both national and international customary law.

This conflict between communities and the industry is well documented and is especially evidenced by a long list of court cases most of which are still pending.3 Indigenous Peoples are also forced into schemes that have no regard to their customary right to their land, territories and resources.


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