Hornbill Unleashed

October 25, 2016

Set up native land rights commission to stop further deaths, Sarawak CM told

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:03 PM

Sarawak PKR chairman Baru Bian said the latest dispute in Ulu Balingian last night could have been avoided if there is a venue for the landowners to register their claims over their customary lands. — Picture by Saw Siow FengTan Sri Adenan Satem can prevent more deaths by establishing a Land Rights Commission to deal with disputes between natives and plantation companies, Sarawak PKR chairman Baru Bian said today.

He added that the idea had been proposed earlier this year by no less than the Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjum.

“Having been given a strong mandate by the people, I hope that Adenan and his Cabinet will see fit to give the native landowners this avenue for registering their claims and swift resolution of their disputes,” the Ba’Kelalan assemblyman said.

He said the latest dispute in Ulu Balingian, Mukah last night which resulted in the death of one man and caused serious injury to another could have been avoided if there is a venue for the landowners to register their claims over their customary lands.

Baru also urged Sarawakians to allow the police to investigate properly and not take the law into their hands.

“I trust that all parties will give their full co-operation to the investigation team,” he said.

Baru said the news about the latest land dispute death came as shock to him, four months after the murder of PKR Miri branch secretary and NCR land activist Bill Kayong.

Kayong, who stood as a PKR candidate for Bekenu seat, was shot dead at Jalan Miri-Kuala Baram about 8.20am on June 21.

Three men have been charged in court with Kayong’s murder while the mastermind, said to be an oil plantation owner, was reported to have fled to Australia.

Baru said in last night’s dispute, the victim appears to be from the plantation company’s side but the issue is that a life was being lost unnecessarily because of government policies which impact the native community’s life and livelihood.

A village headman was also seriously injured in the dispute.


Source : SULOK TAWIE@The Malay Mail Online


1 Comment »

  1. Those relevant aothorities must stop dragging their feet to find solutuon to these carnage. All these land disputes are direct result of an ex cm messing wirh rhe land code to satisfy his greed and the greed of those people who got rich luching on him.
    Dont blame the Dayaks everytime someone got killed. Look at the other side of the coin and maybe there’s an easy solution there!
    Jusr remember that we Dayaks aren’t migrating to another contry ever. We are the original inhabitants of this land and the land belongst to us no matter whatever rules and laws someone oppressive and greedy put on the land to rob us Dayaks of our rightful ownership. The land is as important to us Dayaks as it is to them who keep on robbing and chasing us away from our lands. We are not moving an inch!!

    Comment by Brian — October 26, 2016 @ 12:32 PM | Reply


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