Hornbill Unleashed

February 19, 2011

Bashed by loggers, remanded by police

Joseph Tawie

Minggat anak Nyakin, who has a parcel of NCR land at Sungai Rotan and Sungai Penyaru Kuba (Kiba) Sarikei, found out the hard and  painful way that standing up for his rights is no easy task and could cost him his life.

Lying in Sarekei Hospital after being viciously attacked while checking on alleged illegal logging activity on his NCR land, Mingat has to now deal with being under police remand for trespassing.

Said Ngumbang Anak Barau of the Tahabas (native landowners Network): “Not only was he (Mingat) badly beaten up, he was also arrested by the police.

“Mingat and his son Juan went to their land to check on illegal logging. When they found out there was still logging going on, they tried to talk to the manager but instead were attacked.”

According to Ngumbang, the incident occurred on Feb 14.

In December 2010, Mingat reported alleged illegal logging over his land to the police, the Land and Survey Department as well as the Public Works Department and called for an investigation.

On the day of the incident, Mingat and Juan had decided to check on the situation. Upon finding continued logging activity, they decided to drop in at the log-pond and tried negotiating for compensation with its manager.

The negotiation went sour and before Minggat and his son could leave the office building, they were attacked viciously at its footsteps.

“Although badly hurt, his son managed to escape in the darkness towards a nearby oil palm plantation, while his father was left  in an unconscious state at the footsteps of the log-pond manager’s office.

“Regardless of any wrongdoings or crimes that Minggat or his son may have committed, the source of the problem has yet to be investigated satisfactorily by the authorities.

“Minggat’s family agrees that Minggat should be fairly investigated, and so does the timber company that has been operating for many years on NCR lands allegedly without a relevant or valid licence.

“The alleged illegal logging seems to be proceeding unhindered thus far.

“A police report has been lodged by Minggat’s wife on Feb 16 regarding the attack. The attackers have not been arrested,” he said.

“The name of the timber company which owns the log-pond remains unknown to the rest of us, while there is no telling when investigations will be made on Minggat and his son’s attackers.

“What is certain is that Minggat and Juan will remain hospitalised for a few more days or even weeks.

“Today, their pains are too debilitating for them to even ponder what they will do next.” Ngumbang added.



  1. The Iban must wake up and return to their old time war strategy of headhunting.Do not let other people rule the jungle for they belong to us.We must get back our fighting spirit and remember our motto of AGI IDUP AGI NGELABAN…We are brave people and no one should question this for when our anger is out of control be careful for we do not shout like stupid and coward semenanjung people. Enough is enough so be careful you chinese thugs for you also possess one life

    Comment by Numpang Jakit — February 21, 2011 @ 8:41 AM | Reply

    • Your fellow Iban friends is hospitalize and remanded by police just because he’s doing the right thing!
      This doesnt anger his fellow relatives/friends…..dont talk big la…. AGI IDUP AGI NGELABAN? ptui…

      Comment by anak sarawak — February 21, 2011 @ 8:01 PM | Reply

      • SOUIND like you are more than willing to be the first!!
        Takw this: YOU are NOT this land people, go back to your own land.

        Comment by Anak_Sarawak — November 18, 2011 @ 6:23 PM | Reply

  2. So what Minggat relative’s and friends…or the people sungai rotan and penyaru Kiba gonna?

    If you ever mistaken enter these china men orchard or uproot some flower in front of their house eventhough its munipal land…you could be shot or bashed to death by these people.

    These loggers log your NCR illegally and you people just keep quite eventhough your own people been bashed up badly and now in the hospital? You waiting for police to invetigates???? You bunch of STUPID and COWARD people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by anak sarawak... — February 19, 2011 @ 11:14 PM | Reply


      Anak Sarawak you mean “Chinese”.

      We should avoid using racist terms! We must avoid this divide and rule attitude as it will never achieve racial unity to fight the people’s oppressors. Should you not try to unite with all against the people’s oppressors?

      Dayaks cannot even unite themselves under one political party not to say against government oppression affecting every race. Further it is pointless to just fight alone as you will be isolated and fail to succeed in what is our people’s struggle for freedom and justice.

      Don’t forget everyone born and bred in Sarawak is without exception a native and a son or daughter of Sarawak. They must all be united to fight for our freedom and take back our country. Remember the wordings of the song “Fair Land Sarawak”.

      Surprised to read Chinese people would shoot at anyone now. Do Chinese own guns? Isn’t there a ban or strict control on gun ownership especially Chinese?

      For 30 years the only Chinese with guns were probably members (including Dayaks) of the People’s Army of North Kalimantan (PASOKAN)to fight against the very power elite and government who are still oppressing the natives! Now the People’s Army has laid down its arms, the people have even less say as the Taib PBB government backed by its foreign Kuala Lumpur master can do what they like.

      Why are the people in general taking it quietly and passively when their land is being stolen by the Taib family and cronies (including minority class of timber tycoons)? They do fear their oppressors who are backed by police (FRUs) and army with guns and repressive laws and gangsters.

      In the recent Egyptian uprising the Egyptian army refused to fire on the people because the soldiers also come from the people and stood with the people.

      Will our Sarawak Renjers incorporated into the Malaysian Rangers stand by us in our hour of need? May be, may be not.

      In Sarawak, Kuala Lumpur has been clever in applying its divide and rule tactics by using its Federal Police to replace the Sarawak Constabulary as it has also implanted the Public and education services with its own people to maintain control and rule us more effectively. Their armed forces may not hesitate to fire on the people if the situation turns ugly.

      Sarawakians need to awake to the fact that violent oppression is necessary for exploitation and plunder and part of the foreign colonial domination of our country.

      State violence in Sarawak compared to some other countries has not been used as frequently as say in Indonesia, Thailand or the Philippines because the people in general have been “quiet”. The Chinese in general(excluding the tycoon power elite class) who were the noisy ones and took up arms in the past are also now quiet. Is it not natural that we should all unite with the Chinese? They have shown loyalty and love for Sarawak in that many of them have sacrificed personal freedom and willingly laid down their lives to fight for Sarawak independence for over 50 years. We never think about this?

      The whole Sarawak is however quietly restless and one day this will blow up out of control.

      The 300 united villagers turning up to support Numpang ak Suntai in Sebanagan is just one sign that the people are waking up and have enough of the exploitation and oppression. If this is multiplied by a hundred or a thousand times it will be a significant show of people power. The trumped up charges against Numpang is part of the rulers’ oppression to silence anyone who dares to stands up and openly opposed them. Oppression can be done with both repressive laws and violence.

      This happened to Minggat and Juan who stood up and defended their land. Both got got beaten up and then the police arrested Minggat the victim of violence instead of arresting his assailants. This is the way the law is used to suppress people fighting for justice. The rulers support violence against the people.

      Don’t wait for the day of the uprising. Start preparing for it now.

      Comment by Orang2bangkit — February 20, 2011 @ 10:56 AM | Reply

      • Hi orang2bangkit…

        To bad its the reality….majority of the plantation are own by the chinese…..

        “Do Chinese own guns? Isn’t there a ban or strict control on gun ownership especially Chinese?”

        what? are you out of touch of the real situation now on what really happening in Sarawak? Dont you know that most of the wealthy Chinese own guns now….not just a gun….but the top range guns!
        we are not talking about just ‘senapang patah’ that own by the natives….we are talking about latest guns model my friend…. semi auto, over and under double, pistol, high power rifle, etc!

        our people…mostly own homemade guns!

        Anyway, the point here is not about been shot or having high power gun….it all about WHAT GONNA THE DAYAK DO NOW?????

        Comment by anak sarawak... — February 20, 2011 @ 4:23 PM | Reply

      • let put it this way: whatever the fellow calls himself, if he’s diverting attention by pointing fingers at the “chinese” because of what a few chinese cronies of taib seems to be doing, he is probably not fighting for the good of Sarawak and our people. by poisoning the common goal shared by most Sarawakians at the moment – i.e. to throw out the corrupts, starting from the top, his aim is more likely to protect the same…

        Comment by IamStupid — February 21, 2011 @ 1:29 AM | Reply

  3. Which religion allows the government, police and thugs to gang up to bully the helpless and innocent people ? Do not blame the oppressed and concerned citizens for declaring war against the police and government.

    Comment by Bartholomew — February 19, 2011 @ 10:43 PM | Reply



    Summary from AFP

    DUBAI — Here are Friday’s developments in the unrest sweeping the Middle East and North Africa following uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia that toppled their longtime rulers.

    ALGERIA: A senior former leader of the Algerian regime, Abdelhamid Mehri, called for sweeping political changes in the North African country in an open letter to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

    BAHRAIN: Police opened fire on anti-regime Shiite protesters in Manama, wounding dozens, a day after four were killed and some 200 wounded as tanks and troops keep a tight security clamp in the Sunni-ruled Gulf monarchy.

    DJIBOUTI: Thousands of opposition supporters, mainly students, gathered in Djibouti to demand President Ismael Omar Guelleh step down before he seeks re-election for a third term in April elections.

    EGYPT: Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians massed into Cairo’s Tahrir Square to celebrate the fall of strongman Hosni Mubarak and to pressure the new military rulers to deliver on reform pledges, while hundreds of others staged a “sorry, president” rally.

    IRAN: Tens of thousands of regime loyalists poured on to the streets of Tehran to demand that opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi be hanged for their “rebellion.”

    IRAQ: The offices of a Kurdish regional opposition party were targeted by looters, officials said, after Iraq’s most violent protests since the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia left three dead in two days.

    JORDAN: Government supporters clashed with young protesters in Amman, leaving eight people injured, in the first such violence since protests began in Jordan, witnesses and medics said.

    KUWAIT: At least five people, including a security man, were hurt and dozens arrested as Kuwaiti riot police clashed with hundreds of stateless Arab protesters demanding rights.

    LIBYA: Four prisoners were killed trying to escape a Tripoli prison, while inmates of a Benghazi succeeded in doing so before burning a bank, prosecutor’s office and police station, local press said, after protests against Libyan leader Moamer Gadhafi have led to at least 28 deaths in three days.

    MOROCCO: Ahead of a planned pro-reform rally, Morocco announced it would inject 1.4 billion euros in subsidies to soften price hikes for staples — a key factor behind the spreading unrest in the Arab world.

    SYRIA: Hundreds of Syrians staged an impromptu protest against security forces after traffic police beat a young man in the capital’s Old City, a Dubai-based website reported.

    TUNISIA: Ousted Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali suffered a stroke and was “in a coma” in a Saudi hospital, a family friend said, as more details of corruption under his rule came to light.

    YEMEN: Anti-regime protesters in Taez were blasted with a hand grenade killing two and injuring dozens, while three were shot dead as police opened fire in Aden. Violent clashes also erupted in Sanaa, witnesses said, on a sixth day of demonstrations.

    © Copyright (c) AFP

    Read more: Axadle Times – Arab unrest latest: Clashes in Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Libya, Yemen add to Middle East turmoil http://www.axadle.com/africa/arab-unrest-latest-clashes-in-algeria-bahrain-djibouti-egypt-iran-libya-yemen-add-to-middle-east-turmoil.html#ixzz1EP3JixZq

    This reads like a sci-fi doomsday senario.

    The writing is on the wall for all dictatorships around the world. The Taib regime is not exempted.

    Posted by Free Sarawak Information Service for a free democratic & independent Sarawak

    Comment by Free Sarawak Information Service — February 19, 2011 @ 8:13 PM | Reply

  5. In just 3 years…Najib have lied….twisted .applied ll sorts of stunts..and contradicts himself…so many times…with a reputation that exceeds all past PMs.
    Najib split personality is dangerous….and he is PM to get votes as all cost…since UMNO B is working with a slim majority.
    Will Najib take heed over such predictions made by locals and foreigners with standings and experiences of Malaysians affairs?
    Crazy to win 13th GE at all cost..to save his own life and future…and his family….Najib stands to loose more than anyone else…if UMNO B lost control…and govern.
    As such…you can be sure…he neither care nor hear anyone talking bad about him or his government.
    He is defending with his life….as declared by him.
    That is why…Malaysians who want change of government must stay cool and calm and act at the 13th GE..and not be easily provoked to angers and take laws into their hands.
    13th GE may not come so soon…as months over months…no matter how much those UMNO B ministers try to fool Malaysians…the signs for change of government is getting stronger and stronger….no matter how many by-elections they can win with their stunts and dirty bribery acts.
    But people are getting poorer and poorer.. and hardships are real and lives … difficult to manage by millions …and these people have nothing to loose and may sacrifice themselves like what we read and saw in TV in Egypt.
    Indonesia have shown the way for Muslims …how to be free from Dictators and corruptions.
    For those Muslims in Malaysia supporting double standards and corruptions …they bring shame to their Muslims brothers and sisters…..too long….and enough is enough.
    In Malaysia…it is more than voting for change and getting rid of corruptions.
    It is a vote for GOOD or EVIL.
    And with that… conflicts may really materialized..with more deaths hanging over his head…if Najib does not wake up to the truths and face the consequences with dignity and fearing God.

    Comment by Nabil — February 19, 2011 @ 7:42 PM | Reply

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