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December 15, 2010

Native rights defender released on court bail

HU Editor

( Updated with Video and Photo link )Numpang Anak Suntai was charged in the Serian Magistrate Court this morning. He was released on court bail of RM5000 with 2 sureties. More than 200 Sebangan villagers and other NCR landowners nearby Serian came to show their support. Trial is fixed for 16 to 17 February 2011 in Simunjan. Keadilan legal team of Baru Bian, See Chee How and Desmond Kho represents Numpang.

The video of the court case is here. Lawyer Baru Bian to update the court situation on Numpang’s case.

More Photo at Keadilan Stampin Facebook

Joseph Tawie

SERIAN: Numpang Anak Suntai, a prominent native rights activist in the Sebangan-Sebuyau area, was charged in the Serian magistrate’s court today with criminal intimidation. He pleaded not guilty.

No details of the charge are immediately available.

Last month, Numpang and 290 other representatives of Iban communities filed a suit against a company associated with the family of Chief Minister Taib Mahmud.

They accused the company, Quality Concrete Sdn Bhd, of trespassing and encroaching into native customary rights (NCR) land. Quality Concrete is a logging company substantially owned by Roziah Mahmud, a sister of the Chief Minister.

Last October, Numpang was detained for three days in connection with a fire that destroyed the campsite of a company carrying out logging activities on behalf of Quality Concrete.

The fire occurred on Oct 18 and police arrested Numpang—along with another well-known activist, Nicholas Mujah, and five longhouse chiefs—on Oct 22. They were released on police bail.

The arrests caught the attention of international media and were condemned by several non-governmental organisations.

Quality Concrete has a licence from the Forest Department to extract timber from 3,305 hectares of forest that Ibans from six longhouses claim to be their NCR land.


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  7. All Dayak seats held by BN must be returned to the Dayaks and the power to govern Sarawak be given to Pakatan. We want a new government. We do not want BN anymore.

    Comment by Umpau — December 17, 2010 @ 9:06 PM | Reply

  8. Numpang Anak Suntai is a true defender of Sarawak,a braveheart of sarawakian, an icon of freedom and justice to it’s land and his people.

    Comment by babai — December 15, 2010 @ 10:14 PM | Reply

  9. I am just getting fed up with all the PR fiasco lately… its already been 2 years and the in house squabbing is still an ongoing issue! How can PR convince the people to support them to power if they can not clean their own house.

    By the way, people will support anybody from any parties if they find him trustworthy! and it dont have to be frm PR or BN. If the person can serve the rakyat why not keep him/her….

    Comment by Headhunter2million — December 15, 2010 @ 10:09 PM | Reply

    • All clean and competent men before joining BN will almost certainly become a lapdog when their master can be arrogantly powerful and received backing from the corrupted UMNO dominated BN regime in Putrajaya.

      Comment by bartholomew — December 15, 2010 @ 10:27 PM | Reply

    • But I am even more upset about the BN NOT SQUABBLING, they keep quiet while the boss buys bucattis for his family. I think with the PR government if anyone is corrupt it will be revealed before you can say “achoo”

      Comment by eureka — December 16, 2010 @ 1:04 AM | Reply

  10. On February 16 2011, we shall mobilise 2,000 Dayaks to show their support for Numpang Anak Sunta at the Simunjang court. The numbers can only grow bigger and our voices growing louder. We want to assure Baru Bian that the Dayaks are united and strongly supporting Pakatan4 to defeat the thief minister and all his thives. UMNO controlled BN must be voted out in both state and parliamentary elections.

    We shall not support any so-called third force that stand against Pakatan candidates or out to spoil the chance of Pakatan defeating UMNO controlled BN decisively.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — December 15, 2010 @ 7:59 PM | Reply

    • Totally agreed Mata. Hope everyone will remind one another of our responsibility to change ourselves by voting for change. Remind one another to gather at Simunjang Court on February 16 in a show of force for a brave heart like Numpang Anak Suntai. Sarawakians of all races do not condone abuse of power by the government of the day or the police acting on instructions from those who walk in the corridor of power.

      Fight and vote out corruption and abuse of power.

      Comment by Julian Reggie — December 17, 2010 @ 9:02 PM | Reply

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