Hornbill Unleashed

March 17, 2013

Farmer slashed by Taib-linked men

Joseph Tawie

Surik Muntai and 300 other landowners from 17 longhouses from Melikin in Serian district are suing a company linked to two PBB leaders for encroaching into their NCR land.

A director of an oil palm plantation company, linked to two leaders in Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu has been detained for allegedly assaulting a 67-year-old farmer over a native customary rights land issue.

Serian police confirmed that Andrew Wong, a director in United Teamtrade Sdn Bhd was arrested three days ago and is currently in remand.

Wong together with three other security personal, one allegedly armed with a  parang, had attacked farmer Surik Muntai last Friday while he was waiting to pick up his son from the Sungai Menyan primary school.

He was severely wounded and suffered a broken right arm and legs in the attack. He is now recuperating in the Sarawak General Hospital, Kuching.

Police are yet to arrest the three others who were allegedly with Wong.

Surik is one of more than 300 landowners from 17 longhouses from Melikin in Serian district who are suing United Teamtrade for encroaching into their NCR land.

The attack on Surik was the second incident in Melikin. The first was when Michael Luang’s 4WD vehicle worth RM76, 000 was torched allegedly by persons working for the company.

Highlighting what had happened to Surik on Friday, his wife Rosni Langgap said: “My husband was waiting for me while I fetched our seven-year-old son from the school.

“Suddenly I heard a commotion and saw my husband was seriously injured.

“The attack was witnessed by several people who were picking up their children from the school.”

Rosni said that her husband could identify two of the attackers and knew one of them as Wong,  a United Teamtrade director.

No action from police

Commenting on the attack, local NCR lawyer See Chee How urged the police to acrry out an immediate investigation.

“The investigation should be sped up in order to stop further violence between the people and the company.

“If it appears that the police are not taking action against the culprits, then the villagers may resort to taking the law into their hands.

“We do not want the villagers to do that,” said See, who is the Batu Lintang Assemblyman.

See, who is also Sarawak PKR vice chairman added that he will write to the relevant authorities asking them to protect the villagers from being threatened by the company’s staff.

The United Teamtrade was issued a provisional lease (PL) by the state government to plant oil palm on some 7,300 hectares of land.

But the natives have claimed that the bulk of  the land was within their ancestral lands which they had occupied for more than 100 years.

Ignoring their pleas the company had cleared the land and destroyed thousands of the fruit and oil palm trees and cash crops. The move has angered the natives.

Despite several police reports having been lodged against the company, there has so far been no arrest. Instead nine of the NCR landowners were arrested and charged for criminal intimidation.

All the nine have been discharged and acquitted.

The landowners had no alternative but to sue the company in order to seek justice, compensation and to stop the company from planting oil palm on their land.


  1. “VIOLENCE BEGETS VIOLENCE” – Martin Luther King

    Where are our Dayak warriors- must we stand by forever while Taib gangsters chop us?

    Where are our Rangers in our time of need?

    Comment by ANGRY DAYAK — March 17, 2013 @ 10:28 PM | Reply

  2. Dayak leaders (Ministers, Assistant Ministers, Senators, YBs, Generals, and the elites) are in a comfort zone. They are protecting their own “periok nasi”. Some are “malu” to be called a Dayak.

    Comment by edward, m — March 17, 2013 @ 9:29 PM | Reply

  3. I dotn understand you guys…..these people burn your car, break your leg and slash you with parang…..and others just stand they and watch! I think you guys deserved been treated like dog or what…..
    If these happen to me or any of my people….the responsible person will pay dearly….

    Comment by HH3H — March 17, 2013 @ 8:23 PM | Reply

    • The director and his men who attacked a helpless Dayak who merely stood up to defend his NCR land would be arrested for their own safety. Nothing will happen to them and the Dayak leaders in BN will be absolutely cautious in commenting on the incident. What about the Dayak policemen? What about an army general who is an Iban? What are their reactions? Will our fellow Dayaks who are predominantly Christian remain indifferent and continue to blindly vote for a BN has been corrupted to the core and led by a blatantly corrupted leader both at state and federal level?

      Comment by Irene Kana — March 17, 2013 @ 8:54 PM | Reply

      • Irene…voting its totally a different ball game and we know what the result be in coming election…BN will win becuase the Iban in Serian voted for BN!

        In the case….what the hell does fellow Iban from same longhouse….69 yrs old Mr Surik..borthers/cousin/relative doing? Just watch him suffer or die and you people just have you hands in your asshole and sit on it or what?

        Klu cakap di kedai kopi…sikit sikit2 cakap potong pala la…. head hunter la…. sumpit lah….. in general the Iban only tin kosng saja lah…

        Comment by HH3H — March 17, 2013 @ 10:25 PM | Reply

    • That should be the way.

      Give back as good as what you get!

      Comment by ANTI-TAIBETES — March 17, 2013 @ 10:30 PM | Reply

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