The Batek Negrito people are little in stature, little in number and little in the eyes of the government.

Now their forest homeland has been reduced to a sliver of old-growth rainforest sandwiched between Taman Negara National Park, which the government does not want them to enter, and the vast oil palm plantations planted after the forest was clear cut.


For the “little peoples” - a reference to both physical stature and political clout - loss of the rainforests to loggers and palm oil plantations has been a high price to pay for bio-fuel production.


January 14, 2013 /
James Whitlow Delano, Mellissa Fung
Delano and Fung share their reporting on the impact of logging and mining on indigenous peoples in Malaysia and Panama.
February 2, 2012 / Asia Society
Aria Curtis
The Asia Society interviews James Whitlow Delano about his reporting on deforestation, palm oil production and its effect on indigenous people in Malaysia.