( Photo Inside ) More than 200 Iban villagers from all corners of Sebangan-Simunjan turned up and crowded the Simunjan Magistrate Court to show their support for Numpang Anak Suntai, charged for criminal intimidating the camp supervisor of Loyal Billion and Quality Concrete Holdings Berhad, a logging company substantially owned by the Chief Minister’s sister, Raziah Mahmud.
This morning, Numpang was freed of the charges framed against him. He was discharged and acquitted by the Magistrate who ruled that the prosecution had failed to make up a prima facie case against Numpang.
The villagers were overjoyed. Many cried unashamedly, men and women.
Numpang and his wife Helen were moved to tears, as he thanked all those present.
“We have to be here because this is not Numpang’s personal matter. Numpang is one of us and we are all in this battle to fight against the company which is owned by the Chief Minister’s sister. Together, we safeguard our NCR land,” said a village headman.
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