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November 2, 2010

Logging company of Taib Mahmud’s sister sued by Sebangan natives

By HU Editor

( 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.

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Press interview of Numpang Anak Suntai.

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Baru Bian speaking to the press.

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Click here for company profiles of : –  Quality Concrete Sdn Bhd and Loyal Billion Sdn Bhd

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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 )

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    AREA Forest volume VALUES CONTRACT
    Grand basaCOUN./LIBERIA 1,87,000 hectares 37 hundred million USD more 25 years
    Rever cees coun./ liberia 45,000 hectares 10 hundred million usd ‘
    “ 20,000 hectares 5.5 hundred million usd ‘
    ‘ 18463 hectares 3 hundred millon usd ‘
    NIMBA count.LIBERIA 75,000 hectares 17 hundred million usd

    Grand GEDEH count. 80,000 hectares 23 hundred million usd ‘

    Comment by M.A.ABDULLAH AL MAMUN — November 8, 2012 @ 6:27 PM | Reply

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  10. NCR COURT CASE:
    Here’s wishing lawyers for NCR landowners and NCR Landowners success with their claim.

    The voracious Taib Family is not only practising its “GREED IS GOOD” policy in Sarawak but also PNG. The people there have told them to disappear (for want of a polite word)

    The NCR case must seek to re-establish the rights of the Landowner.

    Our people’s inalienable right to their land was recognised by the first 2 Brookes and enshrined in 1928, 1948 and revised in 1958 as the Native Land Code – the Adat. It may be said this is our people’s “Land Rights Charter”. Land was classified into 6 “zones”:

    1. Mixed Zone Land (land which may be held by any citizen without restriction);

    2. Native Area Land (land with a registered document of title but to be held by natives only);

    3. Native Communal Reserve (declared by Order of the Governor in Council for use by any native community, regulated by the customary law of the community);

    4. Reserved Land (reserved for public purposes);

    5. Interior Area Land (land that does not fall within the Mixed Zone); and

    6. Native Customary Land (land in which customary rights, whether communal or otherwise, have been created).

    Charles Brookes said the natives must keep their land rights at all costs. Taib broke the law and abuse the people’s land rights.

    In essence the land was preserved for all Sarawakians with the people living in the protected land as their guardians. Now so much has been devastated by logging because of the Taib PBB BN insatiable greed machine.

    We can see how much we have lost- the beautiful trees, clear flowing streams and rivers.

    OH MY COUNTRY HOW I WEEP FOR YOU!
    _____________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Read below:

    1. Landmark Case Ruling Secures Native Land Rights (part of article reproduced here)

    Surprise verdict could protect forests and communities around the world

    by Harlan Thompson, The Borneo Project
    May 23rd, 2001

    On May 12th, 2001, the High Court in Sarawak, a Malaysian state on the island of Borneo, issued an extraordinary ruling that could have sweeping consequences for indigenous land rights. After two years of litigation, the court upheld the customary rights of the Iban village Rumah Nor, finding the Borneo Paper and Pulp company did not have the right to destroy Rumah Nor’s rainforest.

    This decision – which in no uncertain terms expands the definition of customary lands to include rivers, streams and communal forests – is a significant precedent for native villagers seeking land rights in Malaysia. Prior to the ruling, only farmlands actively cultivated by forest dependent communities could be considered native customary lands.

    Comments: The reporter may have been premature in welcoming the victory as the case had not stopped any Taib landgrabs since 2001.

    2. 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.

    illegal_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 — November 3, 2010 @ 1:02 PM | Reply

  11. NCR COURT CASE:
    Here’s wishing lawyers for NCR landowners and NCR Landowners success with their claim.

    The voracious Taib Family is not only practising its “GREED IS GOOD” policy in Sarawak but also PNG. The people there have told them to disappear (for want of a polite word)

    The NCR case must seek to re-establish the rights of the Landowner.

    Our people’s inalienable right to their land was recognised by the first 2 Brookes and enshrined in 1928 and revised in 1958 as the Native Land Code – the Adat. It may be said this is our people’s “Land Right Charter”. Land was classified into 6 “zones”:

    1.

    1. Native Area Land (land with a registered document of title but to be held by natives only);

    2. Native Communal Reserve (declared by Order of the Governor in Council for use by any native community, regulated by the customary law of the community);

    3. Reserved Land (reserved for public purposes);

    4. Interior Area Land (land that does not fall within the Mixed Zone); and

    5. Native Customary Land (land in which customary rights, whether communal or otherwise, have been created).

    Charles Brookes said the natives must keep their land rights at all costs. Taib has broken the law and abuse the people’s land rights.

    In essence the land was preserved for all Sarawakians with the people living in the protected land as their guardians. Now that so much has been devastated by logging because of the Taib PBB BN insatiable greed machine, we all can see how much we have lost- the beautiful trees clear flowing streams and rivers.

    OH MY COUNTRY HOW I WEEP FOR YOU!

    Read below:

    Case Landmark Ruling Secures Native Land Rights

    Surprise verdict could protect forests and communities around the world

    by Harlan Thompson, The Borneo Project
    May 23rd, 2001

    On May 12th, 2001, the High Court in Sarawak, a Malaysian state on the island of Borneo, issued an extraordinary ruling that could have sweeping consequences for indigenous land rights. After two years of litigation, the court upheld the customary rights of the Iban village Rumah Nor, finding the Borneo Paper and Pulp company did not have the right to destroy Rumah Nor’s rainforest.

    This decision – which in no uncertain terms expands the definition of customary lands to include rivers, streams and communal forests – is a significant precedent for native villagers seeking land rights in Malaysia. Prior to the ruling, only farmlands actively cultivated by forest dependent communities could be considered native customary lands.
    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.

    illegal_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 — November 3, 2010 @ 12:41 PM | Reply

  12. Yes, Agreed with TBL…

    Please set up an account and let us donate cash for their legal expenses.
    Especially for Laywer Baru Bian been helping the local people with minimum cost or even without any cost at all in legal justice.

    Time to kick the present government once for all…On this coming election.

    Comment by Rentap — November 3, 2010 @ 12:19 PM | Reply

  13. I would rather suggest that PKR S’wak open an account for all pesimpati parti to fight for the unjust done to all S’wakians. PKR get some few guys amongst the party members and let the be trustees to the party and let them open an account where all people can contribute for the struggles not only for Sebangan but all over the state of S’wak.

    Comment by Buduk — November 2, 2010 @ 8:47 PM | Reply

    • Yes….get an account open. Even if we chip in a minimum of RM1 person monthly, imagine trt 1/4 of the population chip in….. trt will help alot of ppl out there….

      Comment by headhunter2million — November 2, 2010 @ 9:24 PM | Reply

  14. “POWER TO THE PEOPLE”..keep updating this story, we will do our part spread the news on the street..(propaganda war)

    Comment by leo panetta — November 2, 2010 @ 7:28 PM | Reply

  15. “…2 government appointed community leaders Penghulu Merum anak Babu and Ketua Kampung Agu anak Kaleng,…”

    That should make community leaders think 3 times before they become stooges of the robber Sarawak BN gomen and Taib’s cronies.

    Comment by Sam Paya — November 2, 2010 @ 1:52 PM | Reply

  16. Please, please… open up an account. I will be more than happy to cip in. I am in. Anyone?

    Comment by tsunami unleashed — November 2, 2010 @ 12:14 PM | Reply

  17. […] 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.Read more and watch the videos at: https://hornbillunleashed.wordpress.com/2010/11/02/11348/ […]

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  18. People of Sebangan, our firm support is with you. Stand still to safeguard your rights. It is time to show your true Iban spirit by actions. Good luck and may the Almighty God bless your true efforts.

    Comment by Akin — November 2, 2010 @ 10:48 AM | Reply

  19. Agreed with Tie though I am not a Sarawakian . Open an account we will help in whatever way we can .ATM are everywhere.Lets start the ball rolling.

    Comment by Kapt(B) — November 2, 2010 @ 9:44 AM | Reply

  20. Rakyat Sarawak shall stand by the marginalised and oppressed Dayaks. We shall stand united with you and fight these big bullies through legal means and the ballox box. All Sarawakians must stand up and be counted in our fight against BN ‘s abuse of power and corruptions.

    Comment by Lee Hui — November 2, 2010 @ 8:49 AM | Reply


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