Malaysia: What Rainforest? Wake up and smell the Palm Oil

What Rainforest? is a non-profit collective of individuals and NGOs
concerned about the state of the Malaysian rainforests and its
inhabitants. What Rainforest was launched to counter the myth
perpetuated by the government and pro-logging, pro-plantation
corporate interests that everything is fine with the Malaysian
rainforest. The common rhetoric is Malaysia is under 65% forest cover
AND amazingly that figure has not reduced since Rio Summit 1992 even
though thousands and thousands of hectares including production
forests in so-called Forest Reserves were cleared for development.
Promoter of oil palm, possibly the biggest deforestation driver will
have you believe that this monoculture plantation is as good as forest
and that will push up Malaysia forest cover to 80%.

We also aim to
highlight the human rights violations, loss of native customary rights
(NCR) land and the poverty entrenchment of the indigenous people of
Malaysia that is at the heart of deforestation since 1970s. Currently,
we aim to highlight these plights through posting related media
reports on this website and by organizing public awareness campaigns.
Through this, we hope to achieve the following by working with (or
pressuring, when necessary) the governments, industry, NGOs, and all
relevant stakeholders: 1) Restore the rights of the indigenous people
of Malaysia, 2) Stop deforestation, 3) Reverse deforestation — What
Rainforest? is also the title of a film that inspired its filmmakers
to start this campaign and website. We constantly seek venues where we
can organize screenings to create more awareness on the issue. If you
have are interested to screen the film at your school, college,
university, church, temple, synagogue, clubhouse, office, home, or
backyard or your friends and communities; do drop us an email at

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