( Video Link inside )( Updated )Numpang Anak Suntai & 14 others, representing 276 Iban families from the 15 longhouse communities of Kampung Entanggor, Ensika, Lumut, Arus Dayak, Tongkah Dayak, Tongkah Dayak Lubuk Manta, Tongkah Dayak Atas, Tongkah Dayak Rumah Panjai, Lunying, Belimbing Besi, Ketimbong and Bajong Ili, Bajong Ili Atas, Bajong Ili Tengah, Bajong Ili Baruh, all situate at Sebangan, Simunjan, Sarawak, filed their civil suit at the Kuching High Court this morning (01.11.2010) in the presence of more than 100 villagers and their lawyers.
Named as defendants in the civil suit are Quality Concrete Sdn Bhd the timber concession holder, Loyal Billion Sdn Bhd the logging contractor, 2 government appointed community leaders Penghulu Merum anak Babu and Ketua Kampung Agu anak Kaleng, together with the Director of Forest and the Sarawak State Government.
The matter was brought to light after representatives of Loyal Billion lodged a police report and held a press conference accusing the villagers of torching its timber camp and claimed to suffer loss of RM2 million. 7 local villagers were arrested and detained briefly before they were released without charge.
It had caught international attention and outcry when it was revealed that Roziah @ Raziah Mahmud, sister of Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud, is a major shareholder and director of Quality Concrete, the timber licensee.
Baru Bian, prominent native land rights lawyer represents the plaintiffs.
Press interview of Numpang Anak Suntai.
Baru Bian speaking to the press.
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By Joseph Tawie @ FMT
KUCHING: Fourteen Ibans representing 276 families from 15 longhouses and villages in Sebangan/Sebuyau area have filed a writ of summons at the Kuching High Court today against Raziah Taib’s company Quality Concrete Holding. Raziah is Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s sister.
She is a major shareholder and director in the company.
The writ was filed by Messrs Baru Bian Advocates and Solicitors. Also named in the suit are the Loyal Billion Sdn Bhd (second defendant), a penghulu and headmen (third and fourth defendants), the Forest Department and the state government (fifth and sixth defendants). ( Read More )