Hornbill Unleashed

October 25, 2010

Breaking News : Simunjan 7 NCR landowners freed!

By HU Editor

( Updated 15:30) All 7 Simunjan NCR landowners arrested and detained since last week for allegedly blockading logging activities and torching a timber camp linked to Roziah Mahmud, the sister of Sarawak Chief Minister Taib are released this morning (25 Oct) on police bail of RM 1000.00 each with one surety.

Prominent native rights activist Nicholas Mujah, four longhouse chiefs and two others were released this morning from the Simunjan police station, a day earlier than expected under the remand order.

All seven were arrested in connection with a fire last week that destroyed a campsite belonging to a logging company linked to Roziah Mahmud, a sister of Chief Minister Taib Mahmud.

The arrests have been condemned by a number of non-governmental organisations and have received the attention of international media.

The seven were ordered to report to Simunjan police on Nov 25.

Mujah, his brother Sadon Anak Ason and another person, Numpang Anak Suntai, were detained on Friday after their statements were taken.

The four others, Tinsi anak Bunda, Philip Anak Bakat, Neli Anak Nipa and Bawi (only one name given) were arrested a day earlier.

Sadon, Philip, Neli and Bawi are longhouse chiefs.

The police also took statements from 10 other persons from six longhouses, but these were not detained.

Their lawyer, See Chee How, told FMT that police had not charged them with any crime.

The fire that led to the arrests happened last Monday. It destroyed a camp belonging to Royal Billion Sdn Bhd, a contractor engaged by the licensed logger, Quality Concrete Holdings, of which Roziah is a director.

It damaged six tractors, two logging trucks, a pickup truck and an excavator, worth a total of RM2 million, according to Royal Billion.

Mujah is the secretary-general of the Sarawak Dayak Iban Association and a member of several national and international NGOs.

Quality Concrete Holdings’ licence from the Forestry Department allows it to carry out logging activities in 3,305 disputed hectares of forest.

Ibans from six longhouses claim that the area is Native Customary Rights land. They allege that the police, the District Officer, the Resident of Samarahan Division and the Lands and Surveys Department have ignored their complaints about the logging.

On Oct 14, they set up a blockade to stop Royal Billion’s workers from encroaching into the land. They have also stopped a tongkang (barge) from loading timber extracted from the disputed area.

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Timber camp arson: suspects’ lawyer questions allegations

200 NCR landowners demand to be detained

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Timber camp burnt and destroyed by protestors

 

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  9. Long live the magnificent Semunjan 7 !

    Justice shall prevail for the righteous and those who fight for the oppressed.

    You shall be like the Cedar of Lebanon, standing tall and strong against the wicked powers-that-be.

    Comment by PH Chin — October 27, 2010 @ 4:48 PM | Reply

  10. SMALL VICTORY LEADS TO BIGGER VICTORIES…

    It is great news that the NCR land rights leaders have been freed! The reactions of the writers on this page show how exhilarated they are.

    This is thanks to the united action of people including the 200 villagers who presented themselves at the police station to stand by their leaders. This is the type of unity that will impress on the authorities not fool around with the people when its comes to stealing their land.

    But this is only the preliminary….seven of the leaders had to pay surety of RM1000 and report back to the police. This means the matter is not finished yet. Those in control of the situation may want to spin this matter out and dilute the protest.

    At the same time, with the elections drawing near the real people behind the timber company (you know who) don’t want to make this an issue. They do not antagonise the rural people further or push them over the line and attract bad publicity.

    It is up to the NCR people to decide whether to pursue this matter. They could try to sue the Quality Concrete Holdings for trespassing on their land (summon Roziah Mahmud as a witness in court) and also challenge the licence issued by the Taib government…

    There are many issues that could be brought up. The NCR people have to establish their right of ownership. They have to show that the gov’t seizure of land was illegal….

    At the same time use the court case may be used to expose explosive stuff about Taib’s government corruption- including abuse office by illegally issuing a licence to a company associated with his sister, therefore giant conflict of interest..need to find out if Taib gets a cut out of the logging before and after issue of licence…

    It is a test of endurance with this type of court case. SEE below a 2008 report by Green Assembly Environment on a PNG court case against Rimbunan Hijau. The company was punished by the PNG court. Read this and be encoraged that justice could be done in the court of the rulers- sometimes!

    CALL FOR MARCH OF THOUSANDS ON THE DUN(NY) IN KUCHING

    On the more immediate note, the various commentators have actually called for more action such as a march. This is a good idea.

    There have been some famous marches in history. The Filipos had their march on Marcos and he is now long gone. In the 1970s, New Zealand Maoris undertook their famous Land Rights march on their Parliament from the north down to the south of their North Island. In 1935 300,000 Chinese soldiers against all odds, marched for 12,500 kilometres for over a year across China and emerged from their Long March as victors and went on to change their whole society. Recently the Red Shirts in Thailand brought Bangkok to a halt with their march but they are not finished with this yet. The was a march of 100,000 men on Washington in the US -not sure what they marched for but they did.

    But proceed with caution.

    In 1381 a general Peasants Revolt (Wat Tyler) took place in little England across the sea. This started as local protest against taxes in Essex and it gathered force and marched on and took London. Read about this – it’s called Peasants Revolt by Jeff Hobbs..(google) The peasants drew up a list of demands for reform…very advanced for their time.. good ideas.

    However history demonstrated that you can’t trust those in power who are your enemies. They will make sweet promises to calm down the angry people and then pick them off the leaders one by one. Just bear this in mind when you deal with those at the DUN.

    Present your demands but don’t expect too much. Don’t trust them. Ideally your demands would be to highlight and demand they correct the list of their wrongdoings over the years. On the practical side it would be the Sebangan issues that is of immediate importance. Maybe two Memos could be drawn up? In time the memos will be a historic record signed by thousands of petitioners…!

    Let us start our own little march (we don’t have that many people) and it will still be something for many to remember years later…Maybe a few thousand of us – all you strong young people out there? How about it?

    Make your march with a purpose- to face up on those corrupt politicians, to strengthen your resolve to change things for the better, to touch the hearts of those who you pass by on the way and bring them with them or at least to take the chance to explain your march…march to unite other fellow Sarawakians of all races!

    The issues must be kept on the front page while it is “hot” and it is not totally impossible for thousands of people to get together and make a peaceful march on the DUN(ny) where the politicians sit and talk sh… all day. People from different parts of Sebangan and surrounding areas could organise a day for the joint action. There would have been many many landowners who have lost their land to the timber and oil palm companies. It is a way to air your grievances.

    On the practical side it may be necessary to organise transport to take the people to town, food and drink and beddings. Would the townsfolk support by providing billets? or let them camp in the padang? It time to show your unity with the rural brethens.

    …………………………………………………………………………..end

    PNG COURT CASE 2008

    Rimbunan Hijau logging rights withdrawn by PNG supreme court
    Posted on November 25th, 2008 by Green Assembly

    THE Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea has quashed a decision granting logging rights over the country’s huge 800,000 hectare Kamula Doso virgin forest area to Rimbunan Hijau (RH) in a court case brought by the PNG Eco-Forestry Forum.

    In a major victory for good governance and for the environmental movement of Papua New Guinea (PNG), Rimbunan Hijau, which is the leading member of the Papua New Guinea Forest Industries Association, was also ordered to pay costs.

    Rimbunan Hijau is a Malaysian multinational logging company controlled by Malaysian billionaire Tiong Hiew King and his family. They have close connections with Australian and New Zealand business interests.

    virgin_forest_at_stake PNG Eco-Forestry Forum chairman Kenn Mondiai said in a statement: “This decision demonstrates to the whole world what has been going on for far too long, and legally reaffirms the Forum’s claim of widespread illegal logging in PNG, facilitated by the government.”

    He added: “This is just the tip of the iceberg and there is more to be uncovered [about] unlawful acquisition of resources and unequal benefit distribution.

    The PNG Eco-Forestry Forum has been fighting through the Courts for more than two years to overturn Rimbunan Hijau’s right to log in Kamula Doso which was granted by the National Court in 2007.

    When the Forum decided to challenge the decision, the government amended the Forestry Act to remove the Forum from the National Forest Board.

    The matter was listed for trial in the Supreme Court this week, but minutes before the hearing began, Rimbunan Hijau conceded that their logging rights were illegal.

    illefgal_logging_ A three-man Supreme Court bench recorded its displeasure at the conduct of Rimbunan Hijau in fighting the case for two years when it knew its logging rights were illegal.

    “This is a great victory for civil society and non government organisations in general.” said Thomas Paka, executive director of the Forum. “Our judges have shown that the ordinary people of PNG can stand up to corruption and win”.

    Billionaire Mr Tiong was not available for comment, but Rimbunan Hijau’s attorney said the fight was not over. Jeff Shepherd claimed that the Supreme Court had referred the matter back to the National Court.

    Comment by Abang — October 25, 2010 @ 8:21 PM | Reply

  11. To the highly professional robbers thou shalt never again intimidate any our rural poor brother’ and sisters’ goods. To the lawmen you can go on licking your masters’ balls. And the time is nearing you now whence you’ll get yourselves squeezing your own balls for all the misdeeds on betraying the people in this Fair Land Sarawak. Better be straight and righteous than abiding to your Satan’s power or else you got to fend your own self, your very own self!

    Comment by Miaowkia — October 25, 2010 @ 8:15 PM | Reply

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  13. For the Dayaks to fight for dignity and justice for their NCR lands, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a big NO for Taib Mahmud and UMNO controlled BN and a resounding victory for Pakatan Rakyat.

    Dayaks NO to Taib Mahmud !

    Dayaks NO to UMNO controlled BN !

    Comment by Mata Kuching — October 25, 2010 @ 6:36 PM | Reply

    • HEY GUYS THIS IS A GREAT CHANT!

      IMAGINE IF WE COULD ORGANISE A BIG MARCH ON THE KUCHING DUN WITH THE CHANT AND FOLLOWED BY DRUM BEATS

      NO UMNO PBB BN NO! NO! NO!

      NO UMNO PBB BN NO! NO! NO!

      ALSO GOOD IDEA TO BRING YOUR OLD SHOES..U KNOW DONATE TO THE DUN POLITICIANs

      I found on the net that the Black people of Australia once demo’d against their racist Mr. John Howard by turning their backs on him (some bent over).

      I also discovered that “dunny” is an Australian word for toilet or “shithouse”! So the DUN politicians sit all day on their dunnies – i.e. good for nothing! They all “wankers” (another Aus word for “mastubators”) that is “useless bastards” (Aus word) doing their own thing for themselves.

      Comment by Anotherheadhunter — October 26, 2010 @ 8:00 AM | Reply

  14. YES….SADIA OR WHO EVER…..ORGANISE THE MARCH AS WHAT HAPPEN IN THE PHILIPPINES WHEN THEY OVER RUN THE MARCOS REGIME…. OR AS WHAT THE RED SHIRT DID IN BANGKOK. PARALYS THE STATES ADMINISTRATION…PORTS…AIRPORTS!!!!!

    WE CAN DO IT…WITH ALL THE DAYAKS UNITED I AM SURE WILL CAN OVER RUN THE CURRENT REGIME…AND I AM SURE WILL GET THE SUPPORT OF SOME OF THE MALAYS AND THE CHINESE. NOT ALL THE MALAYS AND CHINESE SUPPORTS THE WHITE TERMITES AND CRONIES…. WE NEED ONLY 15% FROM EACH GROUP!

    Comment by Head Hunter Spirit — October 25, 2010 @ 3:43 PM | Reply

  15. oh please oh please..let us win over SARAWAK from TAIB and his cronies..let us join together for the coming election..for the natives, please bring the message to your old folks..don’t let them vote for BN anymore..

    Comment by awg1031 — October 25, 2010 @ 2:34 PM | Reply

  16. The March to Safeguard Native Landownership. Good idea.

    Maybe SADIA or whoever should call all other NGOs and initiate some discussions and plan for the March.

    Not just the Ibans, Bidayuhs, Kayan, Kenyah, Murut, Kelabit, Lun Bawang, Penan and other native Dayak groups, but the Malays (didn’t we read about cases involving them?) and even the Chinese (it is all about basic rights, rights to property and land, injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere). All Sarawakians must rise against the oppressive and corrupted BN.

    A Hindraf? Bersih Sarawak? Let’s Do It !

    Comment by Terubok — October 25, 2010 @ 2:27 PM | Reply

  17. So do you realise now how powerfull is the voice of the rakyat….we unite speak as ONE then will see the result as what happen today. If we still “main cakap belakang saja “berani cakap belakang saja”…sorry to iban brother and sister out there….as I am also an Iban. I see that its the attitude I find alot..many..overwhelming…in most Iban. What more to say if their a drunked!

    So rise up my Iban brother and sister…. from now onward, we fight as one, hell with all the Iban/Dayak ministers in BN….. any Iban ministers came forward to solves the incident? I guess they came over just to put the blame on you guys.

    RISE…RISE…THE SPIRIT OF THE HEADHUNTERS….TIME FOR ANOTHER EXPEDITION…FOR THE HEAD OFALL THE BN ADUN/MP!!!!!

    Comment by Head Hunter 3 — October 25, 2010 @ 12:54 PM | Reply

  18. GREAT NEWS….. THE NEXT MOVE IS TO CHASE OUT THE TIMBER COMPANY FROM THE DISPUTED AREA OR AT LEAST CEASE THEIR OPERATION.

    MARCH IN THOUSAND TO HANDOVER THE MEMORANDOM TO DUN OR CM OFFICE.

    Comment by Head Hunters — October 25, 2010 @ 12:44 PM | Reply


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