AMBIS MENOA KITAI......... (GONE IS OUR LAND)
From From Sarawak
Soon, the Ibans will be squatters in their own land...........
P/s Dini bala ketuai kitai enda memunyi? Kada enda udah dibeli magang.........(Where are our Iban leaders? Maybe all of them have been bought over.......)
Even the Kedayans are now being threatened, as have most native communities, including ironically the Melanaus in Taib's own constituency.
The problem is that movements of people take place and the land on which new settlements are established after 1st January 1958 do not qualify under the law as NCR land.
It is obvious that this law dates back to post-Brooke colonial times (even the Brookes were more enlightened than this and had not only allowed but protected the establishment of claims to land through NCR practices).
It should have been up to the independent state government of Sarawak to redress a clear injustice against its own native population by amending the State Land Code after 16th September 1963 to provide for the recognition of NCR claims without any such artificial time limit.
BUT the temptation to line their own pockets and those of their businessmen friends, cronies and families at the expense of an already deprived, downtrodden and oppressed native population without adequate legal protection has proven too lucrative especially for the BN state government under Taib Mahmud to ignore.
THIS EXPLOITATION WILL CONTINUE UNTIL THE MAJORITY OF SARAWAKIANS, BOTH NATIVES AND NON-NATIVES, OVERTHROW TAIB MAHMUD AND THE BN GOVERNMENT AT THE NEXT STATE ELECTIONS DUE IN LESS THAN 3 YEARS TIME.
Ibans fight for communal forests
Tony Thien Sep 27, 08 1:55pm
The licence was originally awarded to a pulp and paper company. The consortium has their contractors to clear the area for the plantation and the process involves the harvesting of timber. Rumah Sengok residents are complaining that these loggers have been encroaching into their pulau which is considered as part of what is known as native customary rights (NCR) land since April this year.
Source : Malaysiakini