Hornbill Unleashed

February 1, 2018

Malays seek definition of their NCR land

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

Image result for Hak Adat Bumiputera Melayu SarawakThe state government is urged to form a taskforce within 14 days to come up with an accurate definition of ‘territorial domain’ relating to Sarawak Malay Native Customary Rights land.

The setting up of the taskforce is one of the resolutions passed during the seminar on Hak Adat Bumiputera Melayu Sarawak (Sarawak Malays Native Customary Rights) organised by Ikatan Graduan Melayu Sarawak (IGMS) in collaboration with Amanah Khairat Yayasan Budaya Melayu Sarawak (AKYBMS) that was held recently.

“The taskforce for Sarawak Malay Native Customary Rights must hold a meeting immediately upon formation because the (earlier) taskforce set up by the Sarawak government had 16 discussions and meetings to amend Sarawak Land Code (1958) that is currently being legislated did not take into account the opinion of the Malay community,” stressed president of IGMS, Prof Datu Sanib Said.

Sanib admitted that the Malays who had long chose to remain quiet over land issues could no longer remain silent as a study showed that only one per cent of the community had titled land.

“We are now officially landless people in our own motherland, and we must do something about it,” he told a press conference after the seminar.

He said his committee will pay a courtesy call on Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg to hand over the resolution today (January 31).

Sanib also announced the formation of Badan Hak Adat Bumiputera Melayu Sarawak (Baham), whose membership comprises Ikatan Graduan Melayu Sarawak, Persatuan Kebangsaan Melayu Sarawak, Persatuan Melayu Sarawak, Persatuan Melayu Miri, Persatuan Melayu Limbang, Persatuan Warga Islam Saribas, Harakah Islamiah, Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia, Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia and Halaqah Kemajuan Muslim Sarawak, as a unified body to seek state recognition of Sarawak Malay Native Customary Rights.

The resolution read out by Sanib also stressed that the definition of territorial domain must take into account the differences between Sarawak Malay custom and other ethnic groups covering secondary forest, river tributaries, hills and mountains, caves, islands, island forest, and foreshore and seabed with all its resources and to recognise the sovereignty of early Malay kingdoms involving land administration such as tulin rights, government rights, river rights, river tributaries rights and boundaries rights of the early Malay kingdoms not only in the coastal areas but also in the interior that include Ulu Sarawak, Ulu Skrang, Ulu Lemanak, Ulu Layar, Belaga, Tatau, Kakus and Baram.

“We urge the Sarawak government to recognise Sarawak Malays customary rights based on historical sovereignty rights of the descendants of Malay kingdoms,” Sanib said, reading from the resolution.

The resolution also pointed out that the Sarawak Land Code (1958) did not take into account Sarawak Malays customary rights when legislated and so did all the subsequent amendments, therefore all future amendments must consider the following:

A. History and cultural civilisation of Sarawak Malays based on oral literacy and written literacy, a scriptorium society.

B. The history of Santubong State that was founded in 600 AD, Brunei 860 AD, Samarahan – Sadong 1200 AD, Kalaka 1365 AD, Saribas 1450 AD and Banting 1570 AD, Bintulu with oral literacy, manuscript, documentary, archaeology, graveyards, toponym and thesis.

C. To accept law on power, administration and land classification like kuripan, tulin, river, river tributaries, abyss, dead land, live land, farming land, communal forest, hunting forest, fishing spot in the river and at sea.

Sanib also said the seminar participants agreed to urge the state government to reactivate Lembaga Adat Istiadat Melayu Sarawak as stipulated in the Islamic Council Ordinance of Sarawak to operate and function as soon as possible.

“The Adat Istiadat Melayu Sarawak Council will perform the duty of documenting and researching Malay customary rights, to advise the government of Sarawak on legislation and cultural heritage of Sarawak Malays for publication and as reference, and Sarawak government must recognise Sarawak Malay rights that have been published and acknowledged as one of the legislation sources in Sarawak.”

In addition, the seminar also urged the state government to honour the promise of 600,000 hectares of land that that were approved during the Sarawak cultural symposium in 1996 and two million hectares of NCR land that were approved by the state government in 2001, of which 640,000 hectares had been perimeter surveyed with government allocation of RM30 million.

“(We) urge the Sarawak government to replace NCR lands that have been taken, handed over or sold, be it in mixed zone or not, must be duly compensated with state land,” he said, adding that all Malay NCR lands must be exempted from provisional lease (PL) and the government via the Land and Survey Department must automatically exempt Malay villages from PL and forest reserves.”

He urged the government to reply to their resolution with an answer within 14 days.

“If there is no answer in 14 days, we will make a follow-up every 14 days until our demands are met,” Sanib explained.

Source : The Borneo Post Online



1 Comment »

  1. Why ask the state govt to form a rask force when sanib himself can form one like the other ethnic groups did? Or is he trying to intiidate the other ethnic group into submission for his claims unto ulu areas where the majority Dayaks are from?
    The sultanate of Brunei never reached the upper tributaries of the major rivers inSarawak let alone ruled over those territories. We in the upper reaches of the Baram River had nevee heard of any brunei raja. Our villages were rulred by headmens who never saw another headman or raja besides himself. We also gave our oral history!!!

    Comment by Brian — February 2, 2018 @ 2:45 AM | Reply

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