Hornbill Unleashed

October 6, 2011

Press Statement from residents of Kampung Wawasan

Borneo Independent News Service

We, the residents of Kampung Wawasan, Suai, Niah, Miri Division, Sarawak wish to appeal to the Sarawak State Government to urgently take the necessary action to exclude all the land which we have occupied and cultivated from the provisional lease issued to the company, Mega Jutamas Sdn. Bhd., over the area known as Lot 95 Sawai Land District for the establishment of an oil palm plantation thereon.

The said company, Mega Jutamas Sdn. Bhd. is owned by a few shareholders who are already “multi-millionaires” and who also owned other companies which have already been given thousands of hectares of State land by the Sarawak Government for loggings and oil palm plantations in various places in Sarawak including in Niah and Suai areas. For these few individual “multi-millionaires” they only need the land in Lot 95 to make additional business and profits.

But for us, this land is our only land on which we and our family members have built our houses and which we have cultivated productively with food and cash crops. Therefore, this land is our only shelter, source of food and income.

This is the time and opportunity for the Government to prove to us and all Malaysians that its promise of “1MALAYSIA – Rakyat Didahulukan (people first)” is real and not mere empty election slogan whereby in practice, it’s the already super rich towkays who are being “DIDAHULUKAN” or given priority.

In our case, we were the ones who have lived on or occupied and cultivated the land much earlier. The provisional lease was only issued to the said company many many years later.

We have also continued to live on or occupy and cultivate the land until today with the encouragement of the Government and its agencies.

Before the provisional lease was issued, we have repeatedly applied for the land which applications were supported by our elected representatives, namely, YB Dato Seri Tiong King Sing (MP for Bintulu) and YB Dr Stephen Rundi (ADUN for Kemena) who are both from the ruling coalition parties (BN).

The Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) which has a representative from the Sarawak Government has also assisted us by granting us licences to harvest and sell our oil palm fruits from our gardens.

The Subis District Council has also charged or collected levies in lieu of rates for our oil palm gardens.

The Jawatankuasa Keselamatan dan Kemajuan Kampung (JKKK) for our Kampung has also been approved by the District Office and our Tuai Rumah has been officially invited as our Tuai Rumah of or for our Kampung to attend or participate in official functions.

Further, the provisional lease issued to the company was issued subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) study to be undertaken by the said company. The EIA Report has been prepared and submitted to the Natural Resources and Environment Board (NREB) which members, includes the YAB Chief Minister and Minister of Planning and Resource Management as Chairman, the State Secretary as Deputy Chairman, the State Attorney General, the Director of Lands and Surveys, the Director of Forests and the Director of Agriculture.

Most importantly, the said EIA Report approved by the NREB expressly/specifically requires that:

Areas (in Lot 95) to be conceded to the Plantation for development and areas to be left undisturbed (where required) must be clearly defined and agreed upon by all parties concerned

This requirement in the said EIA Report obliges the Sarawak Government to take necessary action to survey the land in Lot 95 to mark out the areas already occupied and cultivated by us therein and that these are to be excluded from Lot 95 or the said provisional lease. However, until today, this has yet to be done by the Government or the NREB and/or the Land and Survey Department.

We have even referred the dispute between us and the said company over the land in Lot 95 to the court as we strongly feel that based on all of the said encouragement given to us by the Government and its said agencies, we have a legitimate expectation that our lands/gardens in Lot 95 would be excluded therefrom or that we would be allowed to continue to live on or occupy and cultivate the land by the Government. We also feel that for the same reason, the Government and its agencies are nowestopped from resiling on (i.e from going back) the earlier and continuous encouragement they gave to us which led us to continue to live on, occupy, use and cultivate the land in Lot 95 until today.

Unfortunately and to our great dismay, the Miri High Court has dismissed our said action.

Therefore, we have no other alternative but to call upon the Sarawak State Government to now discharge or exercise its said responsibility (in accordance with the said expressed requirement in the said EIA Report) to take urgent and the necessary action to exclude our said lands/gardens from Lot 95 or the said provisional lease which is also in accordance with or in the fulfillment of its promise of 1MALAYSIA – RAKYAT DIDAHULUKAN.

Released by:

Edi Anak Ingah

Secretary, Village Security and Development Committee (JKKK)

Kampung Wawasan

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5 Comments »

  1. what Kong says is the truth!

    give them rm10, rm20 or even rm30, even bounced cheques, MAJORITY will vote for bn
    give them chickens, pigs and not to mention liquors and beers is more than enough for them to vote for bn

    some of them says that if you get money from bn, you must vote for bn lest you and your entire family are cursed for generation. “mali” in iban.

    they must be educated that if bn gives you money, projects and other gifts, take it because that is your tax money BUT do not vote for bn

    Comment by mike — October 7, 2011 @ 10:39 AM | Reply

  2. Give them $1000 or an iphone and they will vote for UMNO.

    Comment by KOng — October 7, 2011 @ 12:35 AM | Reply

    • Don’t insult their intelligence! What if your land done in similar manner? What if your wife taken from you? Would RM1,000 or an iphone be an adequate replacement?

      Comment by Taring Jani — October 7, 2011 @ 1:27 AM | Reply

  3. Walk your talk and do not just show your displeasure and when comes election time 80 % of your folks still vote for the UMNO controlled BN government led by the paramount thief minister Taib Mahmud.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — October 6, 2011 @ 10:08 PM | Reply

    • Hahahaha…Hahahhaha

      Damn true. So veli the damn true.

      Bro Kong, no need iPhone lah, just feed them with the RM200 Nokia will do. The mentality level of such people will never appreciate Steve Job’s creation.

      I’m sure, they complained for the sack of getting attention from Mega Jutamas to give them Angpow.

      C’mon lah, this tactic is not new.

      Comment by James — October 13, 2011 @ 10:06 AM | Reply


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