Hornbill Unleashed

March 1, 2011

Baru Bian says he is ready to debate with Taib

Adib Zalkapli, Malaysin Insider

Sarawak PKR chairman Baru Bian said today he was prepared to present evidence of Native Customary Rights (NCR) land grabs by the state government during a public debate.

Bian said he thanked the Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud for his willingness to accept the debate challenge and asked for it to be held as early as next week.

“As for the Chief Minister’s request for proof and evidence, we would like to inform him that our evidence is ready.  The evidence cannot be revealed now or else there would not be a need for a debate,” said Bian in a statement.

“However, we are happy to draw his attention to the overwhelming mountain of evidence already submitted in court for over 200 NCR cases still pending to date which the Attorney-General is fully aware of.

“We will also be bringing additional supplementary evidence on top of the evidence already submitted in court to the debate to further support our case about natives’ loss of NCR lands and that this is not an old issue,” he added.

Bian had originally issued the challenge last Saturday for a debate with the government on NCR land seizure allegations.

Taib who has been in power for 30 years, however, said yesterday that he was only willing to debate if Bian could offer evidence of the land grabs.

His willingness to debate on NCR land comes just five months before government’s mandate expires.

“We hope the Chief Minister is not pretending to be ignorant of the evidence as an excuse to avoid or evade the debate,” said Bian.

He also repeated the party’s stand for the state government to withdraw all its cases against the natives over the NCR land grab.

“Our response is loud and clear; withdraw all government appeals against NCR cases won by the natives immediately,” said Bian.

“The courts have decided in favour of NCR landowners but the government still insists on appealing against these cases,” he added.

A lawyer by profession, Bian has been representing Sarawak natives in their attempt to stop the state government from acquiring their NCR land.

In September last year, the Kuching High Court ruled in favour of residents in seven longhouses in rural Sarawak who were about to be evicted from their land to accommodate the government’s plans to declare some 27,500 hectares of land in Ulu Sebuyau as a national park.

Early this month, the Court of Appeal ruled against a timber company, the Forestry Department and the Sarawak government for encroaching into land classified as the Penans’ NCR.

The NCR was enshrined in the Sarawak Land Code 1958, which recognises the natives’ collective ownership of land around their settlements for agriculture and hunting purposes.



  1. If the Bako land rich are smart. they get their land back and vote out Taib. He won’t have time to get revenge as he will die soon. Did you notice his body language recently?

    His movements show weak legs which certainly did not come from playing golf!

    He may also suffering from incontinence and impotence.

    Sympathize with his young wife. But she will be inheriting millions.

    Comment by Bushdoctor — March 2, 2011 @ 8:22 PM | Reply

  2. There so much on Taib’s plate , suing Malaysiakini, Bako land issues,NCR cases,and election weeks away, I think this debate will not take place. Just buying time and get everybody all spiced up. He will get the last laugh….

    Comment by sam — March 2, 2011 @ 12:50 PM | Reply

    • and new demanding wife and he might die laughing- being his last laugh.

      Why not die laughing in the hot embrace of a sexy woman…?

      Comment by Maggie Mee — March 2, 2011 @ 8:06 PM | Reply

  3. dear bian,
    please be wary that election is coming, they (bn) have just recently decided to let bako landowners claim their own lands back for the sake of devt involving the people of bako. but as i said, whatever that you use to argue against the big guy can be used against you in the coming state election to solve the problems of the people and later used by the bn to gain more support. it is the constant trend of the party to work against those with real solutions and genuinely good ideas only to be given later to cronies,( people who make them (politicians) happy) the ones who will benefit because..well.. you suck up to me well and make me look good.. i help u lah…

    Comment by wong — March 2, 2011 @ 1:54 AM | Reply

  4. Hi Baru Bian
    we’ll bring you in our pray !! God will protect and May GOD BLESS you Baru Bian.

    Let that Evil man Pehin Abdul Taib Mahmud and facing the bad omen and his bumoh will bring him to hell masuk dalam api neraka !!!!!!

    Ooo…. Haaa….. Go to hell Abdul Taib Mahmud

    Comment by Singapura — March 1, 2011 @ 7:23 PM | Reply

  5. dozens of court decisions.. should be evidence enough- what else do they need? no doubt Karim would like a photo of his boss actually fencing up the land in his work shorts as evidence

    Comment by eureka — March 1, 2011 @ 6:03 PM | Reply

  6. Dear Baru, look at the photos in the above posting of protest in London.

    Talk, talk, talk, what is there to debate, Baru?

    Without any debate, Taib’s corruption is blatant!

    As a leader, you need to take action, rather than just talk, talk, talk and issue statements!

    Comment by Peter — March 1, 2011 @ 5:35 PM | Reply

    • Yes…..too much talking. With court cases 10-15 years old; even winning the case the state govt will appeal…then it drag another 10-15 years….so have to wait again lah…. mati lah….

      Comment by anak sarawak.. — March 1, 2011 @ 10:18 PM | Reply


    The issue of the Land Code amendment raises issues of the parliamentary process in Sarawak where the public is not consulted on such vital matters.

    Were the NCR and traditional land owners ever consulted before the former Attorney General drafted the amendments?

    The former A-Gen is till defending his actions on the excuse that the natives were engaged in wasteful shifting agricultural. But the natives were not cutting down 90% of virgin forest. Taib and cronies did that! Shifting agriculture was beneficial to re-generate the exhausted soil. This is re-cycling!

    SO who should you believe or trust???

    Comment by Undang-undang Lal — March 1, 2011 @ 5:25 PM | Reply

  8. First place our Land Code should not have been recklessly amended to suit he selfish hunger of that land ministerial holder. Presumable he who holds strong anger and envy over the vast tracts of native customary rights belonging to the largest ethnic group that is enshrined under our Sarawak Land Rules.

    That stoppage to the land adjudication process which he is accountable for has had interfered and created pits of uncertainty amongst the largest indigenous group of our Fair land Sarawak for the majorities. Seeing their unawareness and ignorant to such their rights of claim over their ancestral lands, Rights & Laws his itching hand then began to flick messing the up righteous Land Code Book. Some lawyers too even lost track on the many flaws due to the Land COde amendments. It is pleasure that someone may share with us the latest available print of our Sarawak Land Code; where to buy one.

    The Director of L&S and Permanent Secretary of Land and the Minister of Land should have resigned over the native land plunder after the courts rulings. It is the grace of God that monkey gods came to the rescue who overruled the malpractices that were executed secretly by the opportunists in the land grabbing and re-alienation business. How come these so called professionals from the Lands & Surveys be that careless and ignorant to carry out an actual and proper ground surveys prior to alienation. It nice to know whether ere they real or bogus professionals?

    Lawyers are best known for the charisma, their wits in arguments and presentations on torts, facts and evidence. It is a real coward if he scares to challenge speaking spontaneously during the coming debates. Answer us when we come crossing the bridge.

    Let’s look forward to the coming debates. Long Live Sarawakians. Nail Him.

    Comment by miaowkia — March 1, 2011 @ 3:47 PM | Reply

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