Dayak intellectuals representing several Dayak based non-governmental organisations (NGOs) will converge to deliberate over the definitions of ‘pulau galau’ and ‘pemakai menoa’ and proposal to legislate a native customary right (NCR) ordinance.
According to their spokesman Dr Charlie Dudang, the meeting would be held on Jan 7 next year from 8am to 5pm at MHotel here and participants need to pay RM50 per person.
“The idea of such a workshop arises from the Federal Court’s decision to overturn the lower court’s decision in the Tuai Rumah Sandah vs State Government case on Dec 20. According to the Federal Court panel of judges our ‘pulau galau’ and ‘pemakai menoa’ (NCR) do not have the force of law. This has created worries among our community. For one week, this issue is still floating in the media and also social media and caught the attention of our chief minister” said Charlie.
Knowing it is a pressing issue, the Chief Minister’s Office has issued a press release that Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem would meet Dayak leaders upon his return from holiday overseas, he pointed out.
“Before he meets our leaders, we must put our egos and political hats aside, come under one roof and in one voice pass several resolutions for our leaders to propose a motion in the august House,” he stressed.
Charlie said some of the suggestions raised by Dayak intellectuals and professional members were firstly to legislate an NCR land ordinance; secondly to reinstate Section 5(2)(f) of the Sarawak Land Code, which relates to Adat (Customary laws) and ensure it will have the force of law on ‘pemakai menoa’ (territorial domain) and ‘pulau galau’ (communal forest);
thirdly, to allow for surveying of land to be conducted by a private surveyor instead of just Land and Survey Department; fourthly to ensure that surveying of NCR land should be via Section 18 and not Section 6 of the Sarawak Land Code, and subsequently individual titles to be issued within three months; fifthly to empower the Native Court to decide on native related matters; finally but not the least to empower Majlis Adat Istiadat Sarawak (Mais) to decide on native adats among other things.
Dayak community leaders, intellectuals and professionals are invited to the workshop to provide feedbacks and exchange ideas and they also have the chance to talk to officers from Mais and the Native Court, he added.
Charlie hoped the upcoming meeting between Dayak leaders and the chief minister would be transparent and that representatives from the workshop would be invited to the meet.
Those interested to join the workshop can contact Charlie at 013-8187582.
Source : @ The Borneo Post Online