Hornbill Unleashed

August 20, 2014

Native oil palm growers hit by MPOB order

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The directive from the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) to mills in the Sarawak not to accept fresh oil palm bunches (FFB) from smallholders, especially those from estates in dispute, will cause thousands of native landowners to suffer heavy financial losses.

“The losses can run into the millions of ringgit that these helpless farmers have invested in their lands,” Borneo Resources Institute Malaysia (Brimas) executive director Mark Bujang said today.

Hundreds of thousands of hectares of oil palm estates are now in dispute between native landowners and joint-venture companies that are taking them over.

To-date, about 400 native customary rights (NCR) land cases, involving many of these oil palm estates, are before the court.

Commenting on the MPOB directive, Mark (left) said: “For now, the villagers from Long Tuyut, Sungai Pelajau, Logan Bunut and Long Teru, Tinjar in Baram and villagers from Kampung Lebor in Serian are crying foul over the directive to oil palm buyers and mills not to accept fruit bunches from these villages.

“The villagers from the four villages in Tinjar have planted and have been supplying oil palm bunches from their NCR land, but just because they are currently in a legal dispute with Boustead Pelita Tinjar Sdn Bhd, MPOB refuses to buy their oil palm.

“Boustead Pelita Tinjar is a joint-venture (JV) company between Boustead Holdings from Peninsular Malaysia and Sarawak government agency, Pelita, and they have taken over a number of NCR lands.

“The villagers in Tinjar are not happy that MPOB is playing ‘judge and executioner’ by penalising the villagers before any decision is made in the court of law.”

Villagers too slam Palm Oil Board

Meanwhile oil palm farmers Litus Jau from Logan Bunut and Adi anak Ajok from Long Tuyut in Baram have slammed MPOB for its action.

Litus said: “MPOB is making allegations that we are stealing fresh oil palm fruit bunches from the company, without any proof, and therefore telling the oil palm mills not to buy our produce.”

Adi asked MPOB not take sides and to be professional, adding that “MPOB is treating us like criminals”.

Meanwhile, the villagers from Kampung Lebor in Serian are also crying foul over MPOB’s action to suspend their smallholder farmer licences, which allows the village cooperative, Koperasi Lebor Baru Serian Bhd, to sell fresh oil palm fruit bunches.

At a news conference in Kuching, the head of the village cooperative, Jengga Jeli, said he received a show-cause letter from MPOB on July 26.

The letter demands an explanation as to why his smallholder farmers’ licence should not be suspended or revoked for “stealing oil palm fruits” from another joint-venture company, TH Pelita Gedong.

The villagers of Kampung Lebor took their NCR land dispute case to court and won their case in the High Court in Kuching, and subsequently at the Court of Appeal after TH Pelita Gedong appealed.

The courts have already declared the land as NCR land belonging to the villagers of Kampung Lebor and that TH Pelita Gedong was trespassing.

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13 Comments »

  1. I would like to highlight of what actually happening to Kampong Lebor folks:

    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 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 @ 11:49 AM | Reply

    • You mean to say these two are involved in all the complainants cases beside the only one case you mentioned above?
      Betul kah you ni ustaz on the kampong standard?

      Comment by brian — September 8, 2014 @ 4:09 PM | Reply

      • Yes, you can always check with the affected kampongs if you don’t believe me.

        Yes, saya ni Ustad bertauliah yang tidak pernah cakap bohong. My standard is ‘to speak the truth’ without fear or favour’. Yes, Mujah, Bawin & Jengga are cheats and crooks and rascals. They robbed the high court decision from kampong Lebor folks to their economic advantages. They got millions of ringgits from this high court decision, whereas the majority of the affected landowners do not get a single cent!

        ye Mujah…repent ye Bawin…repent ye Jengga & the crooked JKK of Kpg Lebor Baru plus the advisor of course! Repent or else karma is sure to arrive at your doorstep pretty soon! You can mark my words!

        Comment by Ustad al-arabi — November 3, 2014 @ 9:01 PM | Reply

  2. MPOB role is to help the Rakyat. Now all Malaysian are hard pressed with high cost of living and few job opportunities.
    The mistake of the Government is that without checking details background the land is alienated to big companies local, cronies with Semenanjung group.It only benefited these groups while the Rakyat earned s megre wages as labourer. This business model should stop. It is the role of the State government to ensure that the rakyat earned maximum from their productivity but not to rake maximum profit to their so called Government linked company.
    I feel our Government is not sincere in helping the Rakyat. Until know there is no established authority to market our product overseas. We have vast areas of fertile land. Without guranteed market to monetise this product nobody will want to become farmers. MPOB, Pepper Marketing etc is only good for nothing. I dont see any different with the existence of these authorities.
    At the rate we are going, we will be left out by our neighabour Indonesia. They have a very structured business group KADIN. This organisation is a driving force working hand in hand with the Government to look into ways to help farmers and business owners. In the recent discussion KADIN had with the new President Jokowi the Government are looking into intensifying the provision of infrastructures, fertiliser, finance and marketing to farmers so that farmers can concentrate on production only.
    In our State is different – big companies want to be involved in this business competing with small players. The middle man suck the farmers dry. The gangesters are also involved to force farmers to sell their product at lower costs – eg rubber etc. The mill manager coohood with the gangster to buy the FFB at low price and sell it at higher price to the Mill.
    The role of a good Government is to ensure the farmers are all taken care – support them and ensure they have steady and guranteed returns. If Government is successful in this role I think alot of unemployed graduates will want to become farmers. In developed countries like Japan,US, France etc farmers are rich and respected community. In Malaysia they are treated as pariah. They turn to farming because of no other good job to do. This mindset can only change if the Government take the initiative to change their business model and roles.

    Comment by Ali bin Abu — August 20, 2014 @ 2:35 PM | Reply

    • Government, to certain extend can help the rakyats. But if the rakyats are not willing to help themselves, government assistance is meaningless. Like throwing pearls to a swine!

      Comment by Ustad al-arabi — November 3, 2014 @ 9:22 PM | Reply

    • Points to ponder:

      1. God only helps those who help themselves.

      2. A nation (community) without VISION shall perish!

      Comment by Ustad al-arabi — November 4, 2014 @ 6:56 PM | Reply

  3. After they lost in the courts, now these thieves are using bn gov’t agencies to punish and oppress the native land owners. Why punished the natives when it is their lands these big plantation owners from malaya have taken with the help of their state partners? These orang malaya should take it up with their local partners for misleading them into jvs on someone else’s land. It is time for them to relook into their business in Sarawak. Taib won’t be around forever for them to rely on to do whatever tgey wants to do with the natives and their ncr lands. The younger generation natives are getting restless due to the prevalent poverty and hardship they are facing, the dificulty they are facing in job opportunities,business opportunities and even in educations. what mpob is doing is seriously damaging to the livelihood of these small holders which may result in some untoward incidents. Victimising these struggling farmers is amateur and unprofessional on the part of an independent govt agencies like mpob unless of course they are under the payroll of this oil palm plantation owners!

    Comment by brian — August 20, 2014 @ 1:40 PM | Reply

    • Well, brian! They just lost at the high court. Don’t forget there are Court of Appeal and the Federal Court that can pave their paths to victory. They have monies, remember that!

      Comment by Ustad al-arabi — November 3, 2014 @ 9:27 PM | Reply

    • I come to understand that the Federal Court ruling in early March 2015 was in favour of Tabung Haji! Anyone can confirm this fact please?

      Comment by Ustaz — March 18, 2015 @ 12:54 PM | Reply

  4. This is too much and nothing short of blackmail and tyranny. The native land owners should not take this sitting down or they will forever be punished by the crony big players. Put pressure on Alfred Jabu to resign if he cannot solve the issue.

    Comment by apai — August 20, 2014 @ 12:52 PM | Reply

    • What? Afraid Jabu? That useless fellow. You expect him to solve the issue? Better ask Ah Pan – my dog!!

      Comment by John — August 20, 2014 @ 9:07 PM | Reply

      • You should salute Afred Jabu dear John. He is the only DAYAK politician who is still going strong and steady till now. He is a real survivor. Look at Daniel Tajem, Patau Rubis, Patrict Anek……just to name a few are all history in Sarawak politics. Why not just emulate him? In the natural, survival of the fittest is the only order. My observation is that there is not much different between the fighting for survival in the natural world and the world of politics!

        Comment by Ustad al-arabi — November 4, 2014 @ 7:14 PM | Reply

    • Natives should avoid the ‘blaming game’. You have nobody to blame but YOU YOURSELF. You know why? You are the one who make yourself a fixed deposit for those tyrants! Ustad never lie….. remember my standard is to speak without fear of favour! May God Almighty bless the wise and the powerful. The weak, the fragmented, the divided, the fools are doomed to be cheated and victimised! Ustad speaks the truth nothing else but the truth!

      Setuju brian..??? brain???

      Comment by Ustad al-arabi — November 3, 2014 @ 9:12 PM | Reply


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