Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rohani Abdul Karim has denied claiming that "most" of the recommendations by her ministry's taskforce on Penan women have been implemented.

NONEIn an interviewwith Borneo Post published today, Rohani accusedMalaysiakini, without naming the organisation, of "spin" and being"unethical" for reporting otherwise.

The minister added that she would "revisit" the matter to find out more details about the progress of the implementation process and meet the Penan women involved in the issue.

"There was nothing for me to talk about yet during that time on the issue. All I said was that I was going to revisit the Penan issue, and only after that I can make a statement," she said.

She was referring to a report by Malaysiakini on July 22 which quoted her stating that most of the recommendations had been implemented.

Malaysiakini chief editor Fathi Aris Omar had stood by the report and urged the public to listen to the recording of Malaysiakini's brief conversation with Rohani.

"All we did was ask her when she will fulfil her promise to meet the Penan women-folk and what she thinks was the most pressing recommendation which the taskforce had made in 2009," he said.

Follow up attempt

Fathi added that the questions were a follow-up attempt after five Penan women from Middle Baram visited the Women's Ministry headquarters in Putrajaya in mid-June.
The five had urged ministry officials to expedite efforts to implement recommendations by the ministry's National Taskforce to Investigate Allegations of Sexual Abuse Against Penan Women in Sarawak.

They complained that most of recommendations were not implemented, contrary to what Rohani is claiming now.

"We waited for a month but Rohani had not commented on the matter. So when we knew that she would be at the ACWC forum, we asked her about it after her press conference," said Fathi.

ACWC refers to the Asean Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children which met in Kuala Lumpur on July 22.

~ Malaysiakini