Hornbill Unleashed

October 12, 2017

Uggah: Committee still working on definition of two NCR land categories

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

Image result for Douglas Uggah EmbasThe Pemakai Menoa and Pulau Galau (PMPG) Committee is still working on an acceptable exact definition of the two categories of Native Customary Rights (NCR) land.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said there would be a single definition acceptable and recognised to cover all ethnic groups.

“We have some interesting proposals from various parties through meetings held by the stakeholders, so we are studying them in depth at the moment,” he told a press conference yesterday.

“The proposals include using the term ‘territorial domain’, we may not use Pemakai Menoa,” added Uggah, who chairs the committee.

He was met at the opening of the International Conference on Borneo Book Publishing and Borneo Book Fair (BBPF) 2017 on behalf of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Dr Abang Johari Tun Openg here yesterday.

Uggah, the Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development, also said that when launching a seminar on Iban Culture in Sibu earlier, one of their agendas was to give the PMPG committee their thoughts on the appropriate definition of Pemakai Menoa (territorial domain) and Pulau Galau (communal forest reserve).

The committee is expected to come up with a recommendation to the state government by end of this year.

Currently, the state’s land administration system is based on the principle of temuda, or land which had been cleared, occupied and cultivated by native persons.

The Federal Court had affirmed this principle last year when it ruled in the Tuai Rumah Sandah case that the native custom of pemakai menoa and pulau galau has no force of law in Sarawak.

Meanwhile, on the Dayaks’ disappointment over the Schooling Schedule for 2018, whereby the mid-term holiday no

longer covers the Gawai Dayak festive period, Uggah refused to comment on the issue until Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research Dato Sri Michael Manyin provides the details.

“I need to confirm with the ministry first on the details. We have spoken to Dato Sri Manyin but he is overseas now, and upon his return he will check with his counterpart on the issue,” he said.

The Ministry of Education’s website shows that the mid-term holiday will run from June 8 to 23 which is a week after the Gawai Dayak celebration.

The Gawai Dayak festive period has always been covered under the mid-term holiday for so many years but it would be omitted for next year’s schooling term schedule.

Source : The Borneo Post Online



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