#UndiMsiaChats with MESYM: “Money Logging”

Lukas Straumann,  executive director of the Bruno Manser Fund, will spend a few days in KL and we wasted no chance to ask him come join us for a special gathering to discuss his exceptional book “Money Logging – on the trail of the Asian timber mafia“.

Among other things (being this an informal session), we’ll try to cover:

  • An introduction on the book
  • The key messages the book aims to convey.
  • Responses and reactions to the book.
  • Q&A session with the audience

In addition, Linus Chung will also join us, and share his personal experiences working with the indigenous communities for the ‘SAVE Sarawak. Stop the Dams’ film.

Join the event on the MESYM Facebook Group.

Lukas Straumann – the author

A historian by training, Lukas Straumann is the executive director of the Bruno Manser Fund, a human rights and environmental organization that champions the rights of the indigenous peoples of Borneo.


Money Logging – the book

Money Logging investigates what Gordon Brown has called ‘probably the biggest environmental crime of our times’—the massive destruction of the Borneo rainforest by Malaysian loggers. Historian and campaigner Lukas Straumann goes in search not only of the lost forests and the people who used to call them home, but also the network of criminals who have earned billions through illegal timber sales and corruption.

Straumann singles out Abdul Taib Mahmud, current governor of the Malaysian state of Sarawak, as the kingpin of this Asian timber mafia, while he shows that Taib’s family—with the complicity of global financial institutions—have profited to the tune of 15 billion US dollars. Money Logging is a story of a people who have lost their ancient paradise to a wasteland of oil palm plantations, pollution, and corruption—and how they hope to take it back.

*Pusat Rakyat is evolving =)