Barred From Malaysia, but Still Connecting With Critical Jabs

Hornbill Unleashed

GERRY MULLANY

“They can’t do this in Malaysia. They’d be arrested immediately, and their livelihoods would be destroyed,” Clare Rewcastle Brown said.

CLARE REWCASTLE BROWN is persona non grata in her native Malaysia, barred from entering the former British colony.

But that does not silence Ms. Rewcastle Brown, who is one of the most effective voices calling attention to deforestation in Malaysia. The booming economy there, she contends, has been fueled in part by the country’s willingness to tap its natural resources in ways that have enriched the leadership of her native Sarawak, a vast state on Borneo Island long known for its stunning natural beauty and biodiversity.

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