For an outsider, the Penans are an unknown enigma. For the government, they are the blind spot that can be conveniently missed; and for the logging concessionaires and plantation kingpins, they are pure nuisance.

However for those who know them, they are shy, genial and sensible people with a ready smile and plenty of love for the forest they call their home.

Story by K Kabilan
Video by Indrani Kopal

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