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October 13, 2010

NCR land dispute: ‘Intelligence report’ for PM

By Joseph Tawie

The dispute over the 3,305 hectares of communal forests between the natives and a logging company has caught the attention of the Prime Minister’s Department.

The land, which the natives claim to be their native customary rights land, is situated between Sungai Sebangan and Sungai Sebuyau.

Three officers from the Ministry of Defence last week compiled “intelligence reports” on the dispute, which would be forwarded to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.

The dispute arose after the company extracted timber from their NCR land without their permission or paying any compensation.

It has now become a hot issue being exploited by the opposition for the coming state election.

What makes it “hot” is that Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud’s sister Raziah is allegedly involved as she is a non-executive director of quality concrete holdings, a public listed loging company largely owned by family members of Tiang Mong Sing and Tiang Ming Kok.

Even Taib himself is alleged to have benefited from the extraction of timber.

Home of the best species of tropical rain forest, some 3.21 million tonnes of timber worth hundreds of millions of ringgit can be extracted from the main area at Bukit Bediri.

The Forest Department has issued a licence to Quality Concrete Holdings in May this year to log the trees despite protests from the natives and a reminder from the Land and Survey Department that it is NCR land.

‘Taib would make RM250 million’

Contacted today, Numpang Anak Suntai, the leader of about 500 villagers from six longhouses in the Sebangan/Sebuyau area confirmed the visit of the three officers from the Ministry of Defence.

“They were here on Oct 7 and talked to us. They also visited the camp and the extraction sites of the company.

“It is not exactly clear as to the purpose of their visit, but they told me they were here to investigate the ongoing dispute between the NCR land owners and the company,” he said.

“They told me the ministry is closely monitoring the dispute and their reports will be submitted to the Prime Minister Department,” he added.

Welcoming the visit of the officers, Numpang urged the federal government to do something as the livelihood of the natives is threatened.

The area, he said, is also surrounded by their rubber, pepper and orchard gardens and paddy fields as well as their source of drinking water.

He said that they have brought up their plight with the police, Land and Survey Department as well as the District and the Resident Offices.

“All their complaints have fallen on deaf ears. And our next step is to file a civil case against the company,” Numpang lamented.

Meanwhile, according to Sarawak Report, Taib allegedly stands to profit an estimated RM250 million from the timber extractions.

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  10. FOREST PEOPLE’S DEFIANT MESSAGE TO TAIB

    This message was placed by Christina S. Suntai who wrote in “Empowering Sarawakians” but may be appropriate to highlight on this page.

    “My brother Numpang anak Suntai and his wife, Helen Unchat, together with 11 tribal leaders and villagers from 11 longhouses are now camping in Ulu Sebangan as we speak. Today I want to refer to their make shift camp as “Langkau Ngintu Menoa.”

    They are leading the villagers to form a blockade to stop bulldozers used by illegal loggers, Quality Concrete Holdings, whose Executive Chairman is Tiang Ming Sing, from further penetration into their native customary lands, which include rice fields, pepper vines, fruit trees, rubber plantations and communal forest at Ulu Sebangan.”

    My response:

    WE ARE WITH YOU!

    [The People defend customary rights to land situated between Sungai Sebangan and Sungai Sebuyau]

    Brothers & Sisters of the forest we are with you! Take heart! We hear your call and fully support you!

    We salute you for your courage in standing up to resist the vicious rape and plunder of your forest land now being threatened by the enemies of the people.

    You are the brave ones who dare to face the bulldozers and the FRU guns!

    If all Dayaks have woken up like you to fight against the tricks and lies of those political parties in power they will surely be swept from power forever.

    The Dayaks who have not decided must stand up and make a definite decision to break the chains of those who oppress us! Sooner or later they will come for your land or what’s left of it. First it was the Penans now the Dayaks. This rampant plunder must be stopped!

    People of Sarawak rally to the aid of our fellow men and women and children who are this moment making a stand in Ulu Sebangan in their hour of need.

    Publicise this new anti-logging struggle! Do whatever you can- spread the news in every town of village by mouth, text messages, emails, posters. If you can go and stand with them. Every little action counts.

    Comment by Abang — October 17, 2010 @ 8:02 PM | Reply

  11. WHY SEND IN SECRET POLICE & SPIES?
    THE EVIL EMPIRE-PUTRAJAYA PREPARES TO TAKEOVER STATE RIGHTS (LOGGING)

    The report shows that Malaysian Internal Security Police (& Ministry of Defence? Why?) are keeping a VERY close eye on the Sarawak situation. Rebellion might break out any minute because their Kuching puppet has so successfully aroused the anger and opposition of the people…. especially the tribal people..

    WHY is Putrajaya so concerned about a State matter and sent in the Defence Ministry to check things out??

    1. Putrajaya is planning to takeover the rich State rights with the ready made excuse of safeguarding the people’s rights to the forest land. It wants more after exhausting Malaya and seizing our oil and gas fields…It already got its fangs in Sabah and have almost sucked it dry.

    “Numpang urged the federal government to do something as the livelihood of the natives is threatened.

    The area, he said, is also surrounded by their rubber, pepper and orchard gardens and paddy fields as well as their source of drinking water.

    He said that they have brought up their plight with the police, Land and Survey Department as well as the District and the Resident Offices.

    “All their complaints have fallen on deaf ears. And our next step is to file a civil case against the company,” Numpang lamented”…

    This is a SET UP using the innocent villagers’r cries for help…Putrajaya willingly steps in to intervene for the people and be seen as the “Good guy” (Taib won’t be happy with this trespass on his turf and breach of their mutual understanding that he is the local Emperor of the land- He might react by taking Sarawak out of Malaysia! One could be so hopeful).

    2. IT MAY ALSO be the reason they want to set up UMNO primacy in Sarawak and replace PBB

    3. But why Ministry of Defence …sniffing around? It’s very puzzling. Are they going to create the excuse of insurgency so they can send in the troops? Who knows? Why? Prick you ears.. there will be more to come from this.

    4. Last but least likely- There might be an armed uprising of the people brewing- seems unlikely as they are so peaceful and have taken the body blows for 47 years… If there is blame is on the BIG BOSS with white hair & KL can takeover governing the state- direct military colonialism.

    Comment by Abang — October 14, 2010 @ 11:04 AM | Reply

  12. Intelligence report eh? More like Umno also wanna take some cut too, like standard rate 10 pct ali baba komisyen. By election expenses very soon!

    Comment by Lido Sport Pinoy — October 13, 2010 @ 9:20 PM | Reply

  13. Why is the Ministry of Defence involved in this dispute?

    Comment by laughing — October 13, 2010 @ 6:47 PM | Reply


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