Hornbill Unleashed

December 28, 2012

NCR landowners exploited by crony company

Joseph Tawie

The Sarawak government’s joint venture agreements with native customary land rights owners is lopsided and only benefits plantation companies, claims DAP.

Seventy Selakau families in Kampung Kendaie in Lundu, some 150km from here, have claimed that they have been cheated of their lands. The families participated in a joint venture agreement with Rimbunan Hijau oil plantation company and state government agency, Land Custody Development Authority (LCDA).

Revealing this, Sarawak DAP secretary Chong Chieng Jen said: “In the course of the joint venture arrangement, the people have suffered triple whammy (exploited three times).

“Firstly, they were cheated of their native customary rights land which is about 2,000 acres plus. After a perimeter survey, their NCR land was reduced to 1,000 plus. And the government told them that the remainder of the land had become state land.”

Chong, who is also the MP for Bandar Kuching said, secondly the local people were cheated of jobs.

“The plantation company offered them RM15 a day. If they worked full time for 30 days, they would only get RM450 per month with a one day rest for the following month.

“When the NCR land owners refused to work, they were branded as lazy, and as a substitute the oil palm company brought in cheap foreign workers. They were paid lower. This is the ultimate exploitation,” Chong said.

He said that the third layer of exploitation was when the landowners were paid approximately RM200 per acre per year.

“Based on international price of palm oil last year, the nett profit of oil palm plantation company was RM200 per acre per month.

“And yet the landowners under the joint venture scheme of the government were paid RM200 per acre per year. All the other profits of the 11 months of the year went to the plantation company.

“That is what I call a triple whammy exploitation,” he said, pointing out that the government had failed the people under this joint venture agreement.

Income inequality

Chong said LCDA, as a government agency, was supposed to protect the interest of the NCR landowners.

He said the villagers had nobody to turn to and their complaints to the authorities fell on deaf ears.

“I think the government’s so-called joint venture scheme for the development of NCR land is so lopsided. It only benefits the plantation companies at the expense of the NCR land owners.

“That is why the income inequality is such a huge problem in Sarawak’s economy. They do not get their rightful income from their land,” he said.

Chong’s advice to those who are yet to sign their joint venture agreement is for them to wait until after the election when the Pakatan Rakyat formed the next government.

“Under our alternative budget for 2011, we have allocated RM100 million to develop about 100,000 acres as a pilot project.

“For NCR land owners, if we become the next government we will come out with RM100 million to develop 100,000 NCR land and provide necessary equipment including seedlings required to carry out the plantation.

“At the end of the day all the proceeds from the sale from these plantations will go solely to the land owners,” he said adding that the Pakatan government would not do business.

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  1. We must defend the court decisions from the greedy, the perverted and the crooked, too! For example the Kpg Lebor case:

    1. in 1998 186 kpg Lebor folks sued LCDA & Nirwana Plantations for encroaching into their NCR lands and the State Government for issuing the PLS.

    2. Nicholas Mujah was involved in doing the perimeter survey of the encroached-NCR lands and another Nicholas – Bawin as one of the key plaintiff witness.

    3. Jengga who is declared as leader in this report is not even a plaintiff or plaintiff witness.

    4. When the High Court ruled that Kpg Lebor folks do own parcels of NCR Lands in TH Pelita Gedong & TH Pelita Sadong Oil Palm Plantations as indicated in the map potted by Mujah, then Jengga with the help of Mujah & Bawin hijacked the high court decision from Kampung Lebor folks and immediately appoint First Composite Sdn Bhd to manage the plantation without consulting the Ketua Kampung, JKK Kpg Lebor and Penghulu.

    6. Jengga formed their own committee which they call “Kampung Lebor B” an illegal entity use by Mujah, Bawin & a few crooks to rob Kpg Lebor folks of their rights in managing and appointing a credible company to manage their plantations.

    7. I came to understand that so far more that RM2 million profit has been paid to Jengga & the group. However the majority of the kpg Lebor folks do not get their shares.

    8. Jengga was issued a license by MPOB for his 600-palm holding. By kpg’s standard the most he can get is about 8 tons a month. But for the past two years or more he has been selling more that 20 tons per day! Where did the extra tonnage come from? My kindergarten kids know that they are stealing and robbing from the nearby plantations.

    9. This group through their illegal means (cheating the kpg Lebor folks, stealing & robbing from the nearby plantations) reap millions of ringgits. Numerous police reports were lodged against them, and now their illegal activities have come to the knowledge of MPOB Licensing. The aftermath is the suspend the license that they previously issued to Jengga and of course these rascals got so mad and subtly by all means try to portray that they are the “VICTIMS”

    That is the true picture of the story!

    My extra advise to those whose court cases are pending, be careful of Mujah nd Bawin. These two Nicholas are cheats and crooks. They do not have any income to feed their families, so with the help of few crooks in the respective kampungs they hijacked court decisions to their own economic advantages.

    In all the cases so far, the kpg folks though declared the winner by the court, but they lost their spoils to Mujah, Bawin & the gangs!

    In this wicked temporal world they seem to prosper and even sleep soundly during the nights. Believe me friends, in the eternity they have ‘LAKE OF FIRE’ now prepared for them! Repent Mujah, repent Bawin, repent Jengga,…repent ye O the crooked and the perverted, repent from your evil deeds lest ye are on your broad road to destruction.

    Comment by Ustad al arabi — August 23, 2014 @ 12:10 PM | Reply

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