THE FINAL STATEMENTSCHOOL OF ACTING JUSTLY, LOVING TENDERLY AND TREADING HUMBLY WITH GODSALT IV 2011
“Malaysian Students’ Response t
o Indigenous Minority Rights Violationa
nd Environmental Degradation”
A program byMALAYSIAN CATHOLIC STUDENT MOVEMENT
PACOS Training Centre, Kg. Lomunu, Kibabaig, Penampang,Sabah, Malaysia18
We, the 27 tertiary Catholic students from the various tertiary institutions of Malaysia, gathered at the PACOSTraining Centre, Kg Lomunu, Kibabaig, Penampang, Sabah from the 18
of June till the 2
of July 2011 to
participate in the “School of
Acting Justly, Loving Tenderly
and Treading humbly with God (SALT) 2011”organised by Malaysian Catholic Students’
Movement (MCSM) in partnership with PACOS Trust. This is thefourth SALT organized since 2008. Besides focused learning related to the theme
, “Malaysian Students’Response to Indigenous Minority Rights Violation and Environmental Degradation”
, SALT IV is a school withsafe and critical space for effective networking, fostering a sense of teamwork, partnership and camaraderieamong the participants. It is a process of mutual enrichment through information sharing, training on NativeCustomary Rights (NCR), the Federal Constitution, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the
United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)
and the 20 Points SabahAgreement through interactive learning especially by experiencing the reality of the KadazanDusuncommunities in Kampung Buayan and Kampung Terian situated in the area to be affected in the future by theconstruction of the Kaiduan Dam in Penampang. Below are the aims and objectives of the program whichinspired us to participate actively.
AIMS OF SALT IV
tudy the United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) regarding
the standards and violations. Develop critical understandings and strategies to uphold fundamentalhuman rights through effective advocacy at international, regional and grassroots levels.2.
To create a platform for South-East Asian students to analyze the Human Rights conditions of theIndigenous Peoples in terms of Socio-political, economical, cultural, spiritual and religious perspectives.3.
To develop critical understanding on the realities faced by the Indigenous People and to empower students to journey with the Indigenous People (IP).4.
To evaluate the present efforts, plan further actions and campaign characterized by social reforms for the indigenous peoples against institutionalized discrimination at all levels.5.
To create awareness about the link between the IPs and the environment, especially their contributionand efforts at arresting global climate change.
To enable our university students to understand the complex issues about the Native Customary LandRights (NCR) in East Malaysia in relation to logging, market-oriented cash-crop plantations under theinfluence of neoliberal global capitalism;2.
To arrive at a more critical understanding of the IPs struggle against the Kaiduan Dam and how
“development” contributed to their poverty and marginalization;
To respond in faith to the struggles of the IPs so that we are aware of our roles as university studentsthrough critical analysis and theological reflections.