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August 27, 2010

NCR land surveys: S’wak minister gets ticking off

Baru Bian Sarawak PKR-leader at Bruno Manser commemorationBy Aidila Razak

PKR Sarawak chief Baru Bian yesterday slammed state Assistant Minister of Planning and Resource Management Mohd Naroden Majais, for saying that natives can get their land surveyed only if they go through BN elected representatives.

“That is politicking. It is nonsense and very irresponsible for him to say that. If (the government) is really sincere about helping the natives this would not be an issue,” he said when contacted.

Mohd Naroden had on Tuesday said that the government cannot act if requests for land surveys, for the purpose of native customary rights (NCR) claims, are made via opposition elected representatives

Baru,(Top Right) who has spent decades defending native customary rights land as a lawyer, said that the minister’s statement shows how little he knows of the mechanics of NCR land.

“It is the government’s duty to conduct land surveys under section 18 of the Sarawak Land Code,” he said.

He added that if there is sufficient evidence of ownership, they should produce land titles, but they have been trotting out excuse after excuse.

The Sarawak government had previously claimed that the Land and Survey Department cannot undertake the survey work for lack of funds.

To address this, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak announced that RM20 million of the federal budget will be allocated for this purpose.

Shortchanging the natives

The announcement, however, failed to impress Baru whose experience in dealing with NCR issues suggest that it is “just rhetoric”.

NONE“I have the feeling that they don’t want to conduct the surveys because they are afraid that the whole of Sarawak belongs to the natives,” he said.

Even if surveys are conducted, said the Orang Ulu lawyer, it is likely to shortchange the natives.

Surveys could only take into account the land which the longhouses sit on, he said, and several cases in Sibu are testimony to this.

There is also the case of the natives made to move to make way for the Bakun hydroelectric dam.

“That land is not disputed. What is disputed is the land five to 10km from the longhouses, the farmland which the natives survive on but likely to have been given away to someone else,” he said.

At present, Sarawak natives are embroiled in multiple legal disputes over what they claim to be their NCR land.

This has, however, been challenged by private companies with provisional leases from the state government.

In some cases, natives have been assaulted or charged with trespass when they try to defend their land.

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14 Comments »

  1. Somebody have better establish and learn the process and methods.

    If necessary, it had better be witnessed and notes taken and acknowledged.

    Instead of 1200 acres, it could end up only 200 acres.

    Comment by Watcha — August 28, 2010 @ 6:01 PM | Reply

  2. It’s real amazing! Even before the actual commencement of the perimeter NCR land survey it appears the MPs are the one first out to grab a lionshare on the cheezy 20m. They show no humanism toward overall poor land owners who have had been waiting for years to get a glimpse the end light of tunnel. How big the area can this 20m survey works cover? Who says our State has no money? Looks like it that GRAND 8b offer must be a spilt sum from the State. Won’t it a consolation a sum 2/8b be allocated for the survey works then. An open offer is already a strong indication that spurs some fishy interest to a pre-owning plan on the overall Bakun hydro which has been arranged and pending execution. Can this hefty 8b borne by him personally?

    First of all, why our State has to buy back the State Bakun. This Bakun is owned by the people of Sarawak. The ballooning costs should never be accepted as the project had been placed with many dangling skeletons in the cupboard which were created to camouflage the weak public eyes. There where the squanders flair! And why many the professionals and consultants involved in the project quit? Why there being no legal actions taken against them for the breach of contracts. Overall, the State coffer is also secured as it has all the natural resources and timber. Oh, have we forgotten whereabout the remaining timber revenue? Our state is supposed to be financial sound and why they sealed to exchange Bakun shares with Sime darby for the finishing completion works? Could it be the latest bail plan now?

    Secondly, knowing very well the importance to NCR land surveys a priority to sustainable rural economy the GRAND offer then contradicted to the claim that no State fund for such survey works. Would it be justifiable, fair and square now, to allocate the 2b to help accelerate the NCR land survey job.

    Thirdly, the words from Noreden did not reflect the true overall rural land development in order to benefit and improve the standard of living among the rural folks, economic and social, especially those subject to NCR claims. This favoritism would definitely fan uneasiness to the majority frustrated groups whose plights and privileges to filling the civil posts, promotions, scholarships and now, this sort to land dealing. Is there no other better way to chart our poor rural folks’ lifelines by the federation. Nevertheless, we do pray and hope our constitutions be restored and reinstated to its origins; admiring our new Chieftain Apai smiling onto us from the wall instead. Uuh Haa.

    Comment by Miaowkia — August 28, 2010 @ 12:41 AM | Reply

    • “…First of all, why our State has to buy back the State Bakun. This Bakun is owned by the people of Sarawak. …

      Excuse me, Sir!

      Did you say “weak public eyes” ? We have very strong eyes. So strong some of us are cross-eyed. Our vision is so strong it’s Vision 30:30. 30% for you and 300% for me.

      As for the money problem of buying back the Bakun, it’s no sweat. We’re just as good if not smarter than the Wall Street Finance Bozos. If Bakun becomes big enough debt, that’s no problem. We can dress it up in hijab, package and sell the Sukuk and charge pretty interests. China has enough junk T-Bills to buy all our otang via the Dubai Exchange. If Malaysia otang rises to 150% we can sell that, too. We can package that with Najib’s sexy lips and sell it, too. In fact, Najib has been selling very well, thank you.

      Don’t worry about debts. If the otang has enough depth, everyone will own everyone. Why worry? You in them, them in us, everyone in they – everybody wins. Or lose. That should square off everything.

      The rakyat must not win. They must lose so we can square off everthing.

      It’s call creative destruction. I like that. That sounds very innovative.

      Or shouldn’t it be?

      Comment by wayang street — August 28, 2010 @ 10:16 AM | Reply

      • Excuse me, I forgot. If you need halal consultation on Financing you may try Harussani Zakaria Inc. He might be busy placing UMNO assets at the moment but it’s worth trying.

        Comment by wayang street — August 28, 2010 @ 10:28 AM | Reply

  3. More and more things happen in Sarawak which the native had never expected.

    Not only SA land was robbed in daylight by the BN government. The BN government most effective tools/weapons are LCDA the so called Land custody and Development Authority. Govt surrender the native land to them and thereon prepare Provisional lease to the Company of their coice. NO MATTER WHETHER THE LAND WAS PLANTED BY THE NATIVE WITH RUBBER, OIL PALM OR OTHERS. Once PL release to the Company, will be claim by the Company.

    This scenerio happen in RH. Jambai, Bekelit and RH. Duat, Sg. Kelitang, Sibuti in Miri, Sarawak.

    Oil palm had been planted there by the native since 1991 and PL was given to the private firm in 2008. The native even had the licence issued by MPOB, Bintulu at that time and seedling was susidised by the Agriculture Department.

    Yet, PL issued to the private Company and they claim that the land is their and wish to harvest the oil palm planted by the native there.

    What should they do now???? Does the BN govt want them to Makan Pasir….sudalah sungai di cemari…Minumanya “Air Hujan” dalam tangki. Jauh ada air paip.

    Help Sibuti Native, Please….

    BY: Enough Lah….

    Comment by John M. L — August 27, 2010 @ 10:44 PM | Reply

    • What should they do now????

      Niah, Suai, Sibuti poeple voted for BN right? They themselves to be blame lah…..that the return of the votes. So coming GE you know what to do lah!

      Comment by fe — August 28, 2010 @ 12:38 PM | Reply

      • Sarawak Merdeka!!

        Comment by HavelJ — August 29, 2010 @ 9:26 PM | Reply

  4. No, we don’t need to ask that neanderthal Naroden, the big Jerk!

    We might, however, have to organize a private taxation system, where we collect our own taxes and pay into fund the neaandethal Jerk cannot lay his hands on!

    Bloody sakai!

    Comment by wayang street — August 27, 2010 @ 1:22 PM | Reply

    • Careful with that “sakai.” It’s a loaded word.

      Comment by Observer — August 27, 2010 @ 8:19 PM | Reply

      • Point taken, thanks.

        It’s rural people who are more conscious of civil society and has moved forward than this neanderthal Jerk!

        Comment by wayang street — August 27, 2010 @ 9:57 PM | Reply

  5. The truth is CM Taib is not that stupid to give HIS Sarawak land (NCR) to the natives. Even if Najib said we’ll survey, but survey is one thing and giving is another thing.

    To natives: NCR = Mirage

    Comment by Lano — August 27, 2010 @ 11:04 AM | Reply

  6. Subjecting the rakyat to be subservient to UMNO controlled BN government is the hallmark of our highly abusive, authoritarian and corrupted government. This idiotic YB will be punished and voted out. SUPP leaders used the same tactic with landowners who had overpaid their land renewal premium and arrogantly told the people that only appeals for refund make through SUPP will be entertained by the government. In Sarawak there is no BN government. Taib Mahmud is the government and the government of Sarawak is Taib Mahmud.The rakyat must punish Taib Mahmud and UMNO controlled BN government to remind them that the power to rule rest with the rakyat and the people have the sole and exclusive rights to entrust that power to a government whom they trust to take care of their welfare and needs. It is not for UMNO, Taib Mahmud , Najib Tun Razak and BN to decide. The rakyat make the final decision.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — August 27, 2010 @ 9:24 AM | Reply

  7. The task to survey the NCR is in the hand of the current government and it can’t be altered. The mechanism used to survey the land is determined by the present government. The present government had already decided to use this useful exercise (survey of NCR) for their political mileage and no amount of comments will alter that. So, the natives have to play to the authority’s tune in order to have their NCR surveyed. In this aspect,the natives need to be told how to use this survey exercise to their advantages. The fact that they will go through the BN’s rep does not necessarily mean that they will vote for BN. Tell the humble natives that their vote is secret. If the natives are told not to go through the BN’s rep and their NCR will not get surveyed, then it is an irresponsible act. If the government refuses to survey their designated NCR, then we still need to go to court. And this is where some of them are not able to do due to financial constraints. It is highly helpful if PKR Sarawak can form a free legal centre to assist the needy natives. It should be formed now before the government launches the exercise.

    Comment by Termite — August 27, 2010 @ 9:24 AM | Reply

  8. The statement made by an assistant minister in Naroden Majais isn’t a surprise to me. This is only one example of the type of YBs S’wak hv. Normally all these YBs they don’t bother to know what’r the problems face by the rakyat. What they only care is to make monies, build big astanas for themselves, rompak tanah rakyat n start oil palm plantations. U want to see their astanas u can just visit Demak Height Area in Petra Jaya. Naroden Majais astana is also located there.

    This minister is prajudice in characters. U try to visit his DUN, in any Iban longhouse in his DUN shown to raise an opposition flags he’ll deprive the people there. Same also apply to the Malay kampungs. This is the type of leader that u want to lead us. My foot.

    Comment by Minda Mandol — August 27, 2010 @ 1:22 AM | Reply


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