Hornbill Unleashed

February 11, 2012

What’s govt stand on NCR land?

Joseph Tawie

The Sarawak administration which is projecting itself to be a caring government must first state its stand on the definition of NCR.

The opposition here wants Chief Minister Taib Mahmud to openly declare that the state accepts and recognises the court’s definition of native customary rights (NCR) land.

Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian said that regular coverage in the press of Barisan Nasional politicians rejoicing with landowners at “presentation ceremonies” gave the impression that the state government recognised the “pemakai menua” (communal forests) and “pulau galau” (territorial domain) forests as part and parcel of NCR land as defined by the Court of Appeal and the Federal Court.

“Does the government accept the Court of Appeal and Federal Court’s definition, which includes Pemakai menoa (communal/territorial domain) and Pulau galau (reserved forest or land) as NCR land?

“Thus far in every NCR land case I bring to court, the submission by the state Attorney-General (AG) is that NCR land is restricted to temuda (farming land) established before 1958.

“This shows either that the state AG’s office is ignorant of the court’s ruling, or that the state has totally no regard for the authority or supremacy of the highest courts of the land.

“I again call on the Chief Minister, the Second Minister of Resource Planning and Environment, or the Special Functions Minister to declare publicly that the state recognises that pemakai menoa and pulau galau are part and parcel of NCR land, as defined by the court, ” Bian, who is a prominent NCR lawyer here, said.

Not against new NCR initiative

Commenting on a recent statement by Special Function Minister Adenan Satem, Bian said that he did not oppose the new NCR initiative to survey the land and provide landowners with titles.

“The Special Functions Minister was quoted as saying that there are some people telling landowners to oppose the NCR new initiative.

“I assure the Special Functions Minister that PKR and I do not oppose the NCR new initiative. In fact, we would welcome any initiative to document and ensure the security of our people’s NCR land.

“The only stumbling-block is the inability of the state to assure us that there is a meeting of the minds with regard to the meaning of NCR, and that has resulted in people being wary of the surveying exercise by the Land and Survey Department.

“In fact, the explanation made by the department to the landowners is similar to the state AG – that NCR is restricted to temuda established before 1958.

“This is wrong and unacceptable. Our native landowners must have the assurance that the state will adhere to the definition of NCR land as pronounced by the courts.

“Only then can we lend our full support to the NCR new initiative,” added Bian, who is also Ba’Kelalan assemblyman.



  1. God is watching…he gave the authority for us men to dominate or govern the earth…please read genesis chapter 1.now the power is on our hand to vote and our mind to decide.its not about baru or idris jala.they only represent two votes.how we votes, matter and for who.if we want taib and UMNO to be around then vote for B.N like it has been done before for the past 31years.if you want tp put a stop to taib and b.n and umno…just vote the opposition…even it the worse of the anjing kurap better then taib and his gang of corrupt…better kurap then corrupt.

    Comment by kuching hitam — February 22, 2012 @ 12:52 AM | Reply

  2. Pakatan must declare in its manisfesto that they acknowledged the definition and interpretation of NCR as pronounced by the Appeal and Federal Court. Pakatan must ensure all NCR land owners that all surveys not done according to the above will be resurveyed when they took over Sarawak. Pakatan should not waste time with the paramount thief minister and should focus on what they should be already doing for the rakyat and for the rural community and NCR landowners.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — February 11, 2012 @ 6:31 PM | Reply

  3. Orang Sarawak/Sabah diperlembukna oleh UMNO/Melayu…..

    Comment by had rod — February 11, 2012 @ 12:14 PM | Reply

  4. This is another clear proof of big Bully against the Dayak folks by BN UMNO taib

    And also a clear different type of leadership by two Dayak leaders – Baru Bian (duly elected) and Idris Jala (appointment by default)

    While Baru Bian spoke against Bullying and injustice against Dayak, this Idris Jala telling Dayak be forgiven keep on patience of whatever BN UMNO did to Bully the Dayak especially Dayak Christians

    So this is dilemma for Christian teaching:
    – Jesus always defend the poor, sick, oppressed folks
    – Jesus believe in patience if enemy slap your right cheek then give left cheek to be slapped too

    But we are living in reality and if forever let BN UMNO bully again and again it only make BN Cronies richer but the poor Dayaks become poorest hopeless hardcore poor then this concept love forgive your enemy is irrelevant

    Therefore choose only one lah Dayak: Fight for Survive or Get Bullied to death!

    Just beware of false prophet OK Dayaks! NEVER FORGIVE WHAT BN UMNO BULLIED OVER THE DAYAKS!

    “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” – Matthew 7:14-16

    “Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.” – Jeremiah 14:14

    “And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.” – Matthew 24:10-12

    “Thy prophets have seen vain and foolish things for thee: and they have not discovered thine iniquity, to turn away thy captivity; but have seen for thee false burdens and causes of banishment.” – Jeremiah 14:13-15

    Press statement by Datuk Seri Idris Jala, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, on a 10-point solution.
    The Star, April 03, 2011

    THE Government confirmed that it has been in dialogue with the Christian groups to look into their specific requests on the Bahasa Malaysia/Indonesia Bible and also other religious issues. Taking into account the polarity of views of the different religious groups, including the Muslims, the Government decided on a 10-point solution.
    »I hope this 10- point solution will be received positively« DATUK SERI IDRIS JALA

    1. Bibles in all languages can be imported into the country, including Bahasa Malaysia/Indonesia.

    2. These Bibles can also be printed locally in Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak. This is a new development which should be welcomed by the Christian groups.

    3. Bibles in indigenous languages of Sabah and Sarawak such as Iban, Kadazan-Dusun and Lun Bawang can also be printed locally and imported.

    4. For Sabah and Sarawak, in recognition of the large Christian community in these states, there are no conditions attached to the importation and local printing of the Bible in all languages, including Bahasa Malaysia/Indonesia and indigenous languages. There is no requirement for any stamp or serial number.

    5. Taking into account the interest of the larger Muslim community, for Peninsular Malaysia, Bibles in Bahasa Malaysia/Indonesia, imported or printed, must have the words “Christian Publication” and the cross sign printed on the front covers.

    6. In the spirit of 1Malaysia and recognising that many people travel between Sabah and Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia, there should be no prohibitions and restrictions for people who bring along their Bible and Christian materials on such travels.

    7. A directive on the Bible has been issued by the Ketua Setiausaha (KSU) of the Home Ministry to ensure proper implementation of this Cabinet decision. Failure to comply will subject the officers to disciplinary action under the General Orders. A comprehensive briefing by top officials, including the Attorney-General (AG), will be given to all relevant civil servants to ensure good understanding and proper implementation of the directive.

    8. For the impounded Bibles in Kuching, Gideon, the importer can collect all the 30,000 Bibles free of charge. We undertake to ensure the parties involved are reimbursed. The same offer remains available for the importer of the 5,100 Bibles in Port Klang, which have already been collected by the Bible Society Malaysia (BSM) last week.

    9. Beyond the Bible issue, the Govern­ment wishes to reiterate its commitment to work with the Christian groups and all the different religious groups in order to address inter-religious issues and work towards the fulfilment of all religious aspirations in accordance with the Constitution, taking into account the other relevant laws of the country. In order to bring urgency to this work, the Prime Minister will meet the representatives of the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) soon to discuss the way forward.

    10. The Christian ministers in the Cabinet will meet on a regular basis with representatives of the various Christian groups in order to discuss their issues and work with the relevant ministries and the PM in order to resolve them.

    I hope this 10-point solution will be received positively by the Christian groups as being fair and reasonable. We have to look for a solution that deals with the Bible issue and also put a way forward to handle other issues raised by the Christian groups.

    I think the Bible issue is very unfortunate, and in the spirit of Lent, it is time for sacrifice, reconciliation and forgiveness.

    In our history, as a young nation, we achieved a lot in a short period of time, but we have our shortcomings.

    The Government and our civil servants are not perfect as indeed all human beings are “beautifully imperfect” in the eyes of God.

    And for all our shortcomings in handling the Bible issue, I hope the Christians would find it in their hearts to forgive us.

    In my Church at SIBKL, we have been praying for a Christian revival to take place in our country. For all the hurt that exists as a result of our differences, I believe that we need healing, forgiveness and reconciliation in this country.

    The Bible says in Matthew 18:21-22 – Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered: “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

    Comment by Kamus — February 11, 2012 @ 10:32 AM | Reply

    • Let Idris Jala offers his cheeks for me to slap a hundred times in front of his family for belittling the intelligence of the rural Dayaks. I despised and am disgusted with such hypocrites in our midst.

      Comment by Johnathan — February 11, 2012 @ 6:36 PM | Reply

  5. Any malicious deed done to cause an abrupt disruption on the continuance implementation process of ncr claims and land survey as based on conditions in compliance with the Land Code?

    The creation of any delaying dirty tactics and the denial to customary rights claims are aimed so as to restrict and cause hardship and frictions/disputes among the multipying heirs and to mar their future livinghoods. The delayed time effect is of an utmost importance when in the land adjudication process and this can be a stoppage in order to bury the oral evidences of the great old parents. Though may be an ignoranmus can the judiciary still look upon so much on the obsolete ‘daching’ for fortune today!

    How come the allocation and alienation of huge land acreages can come some easy to outsiders other than those who presently occupy and manage over their ancestral land. So cheap and easy again. Stop the land grab in this our Fair land Sarawak. Change the government a must.

    Comment by miaOwkia — February 11, 2012 @ 9:10 AM | Reply

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