Hornbill Unleashed

December 15, 2017

DTTG: Solve PMPG issue to prevent another Bill Kayong-like tragedy

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

Dayak Think Tank Group (DTTG) is urging the state government to immediately resolve the ‘pemakai menoa’ and ‘pulau galau’ (PMPG) issue to prevent a repeat of the tragedy which befell land rights activist Bill Kayong.

“The murder of Bill Kayong brings a worrying message, especially to the indigenous people. It is understood that Bill was killed because he dared to defend the rights of indigenous people of Sarawak and their lands from being invaded and seized, said DTTG Miri women’s wing head Christina Kelit yesterday.

Prosecutors, she pointed out, had failed to bring the mastermind behind the murder of the former Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Miri branch secretary to justice.

“The High Court’s decision to release three individuals suspected to be involved in the murder of Bill raised the anger and dissatisfaction of many parties, some of whom mocked the country’s judicial system,” she added.

Bill, a vocal native customary rights (NCR) land activist, was shot and killed in broad daylight at the Kuala Baram bypass on June 21 last year.

Christina said it has been made clear that there was nothing the indigenous people of Sarawak could do to stop the oppression of their rights because capitalists are free to oppress and behave like gangsters without any consequences of their actions.

“We have mentioned this (resolving PMPG issue) many times after the death of Bill Kayong but, until now, there is still no solution although nearly a year has passed,” she added.

Meanwhile, DTTG Miri deputy chairman Philip Asry took the PMPG Committee, headed by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, to task for failing to come up with any solution on the issue.

He said the committee was initially viewed by affected landowners as one of the ways to resolve the problem.

“Throughout 2017, Uggah has been giving various reasons towards the PMPG solution but, until today, the PMPG Committee headed by him has failed to provide any results.

“Moreover, the private bill moved by Ba Kelalan assemblyman Baru Bian to amend the Sarawak Land Code during the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting in November this year also failed to get support,” he said.

Source : The Borneo Post Online


1 Comment »

  1. Is there justice still to be had when alleged criminals go scot free as in the case of Bill Kayong? Or are we still waiting for many more dead activists before we see justice done?
    The natives arent going to just stand still and be pushed into every corners when every corners are getting crowded. The way out from these tight corners wont be pretty if nothing is done soon.
    Those non Dayaks who persist on depriving and oppressing the Dayaks must take notice of the reactions and response from the Dayaks …

    Comment by Brian — December 16, 2017 @ 12:14 AM | Reply

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