Hornbill Unleashed

March 29, 2017

Ulu Ngemah folk agree to have their NCR land developed

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

Ulu Ngemah People Association (PPUN) has clarified that NCR land owners in Ulu Ngemah who have allowed their land to be used for development project have wittingly agreed to it.

The association made the clarification yesterday in response to a recent claim by Thomas Laja Besi that the development of NCR land in Ulu Ngemah was not agreed on by the landowners concerned.

PPUN chairman Magai Sawing told a press conference that his committee had met with Thomas to rectify that the development project only involved those who agreed to be part of the project.

“Thomas understood our explanation and we (PPUN) have sent a letter to him and he said he would not interfere with PPUN’s development matter if it does not affect his own land,” Magai said.

He added Thomas issued a press statement on Jan 21 saying the landowners were not happy with a Tuai Rumah (headman) who applied for provisional lease (PL) to enable them to work with companies to develop their land.

Thomas said the headmen used their status as Tuai Rumah to apply for PL for development project to gain profit.

“We have explained to him (Thomas) that the development plan only involved members of PPUN who have agreed to have their land developed.

“For those who don’t agree, we will not do anything on their land,” Magai said.

PPUN was established in 2011 to improve the economy and social status of the people in Ulu Ngemah and also to defend their rights, especially over their NCR lands.

He also said Thomas’ claim that 80 per cent of the people of Ulu Ngemah opposed the development project was not true.

“All Tuai Rumah in Ulu Ngemah, Pasai, Empurau and Belatong and the majority of the longhouse folks are under PPUN,” he said.

He added that when the suggestion was made to develop the lands at Ulu Ngemah, many people interferred for personal and political gains.

He said Ulu Ngemah folk did not want to be left behind, given the lack of job opportunities in the area which caused many youngsters to seek greener pastures elsewhere.

“Those staying back have a hard time supporting their families.

“It’s time for our NCR land to be developed, and PPUN has the right to decide the kind of development the majority of us want,” he said.

Magai also warned that PPUN would not hesitate to seek legal redress should anyone sabotage their plans to have a better future through the good use of their lands.

Source : @ Borneo Post Online


1 Comment »

  1. This association is a commission agent set up by some unscrupulous and greedy Orang ulu to deceive some NCR owners and enrich themselves.

    Comment by Awaken Dayak — March 29, 2017 @ 8:21 PM | Reply

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