Hornbill Unleashed

October 31, 2013

Sarawak legal consultant misled the UN, says PKR

NONEDukau Papau

Sarawak Parti Keadilan Rakyat claimed today that state legal consultant JC Fong, who represented the state at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on human rights in general last week, had misled the UN on the status of native customary rights (NCR) land and issues related to it.

“It is embarrassing to Sarawak and the country and as such, Fong should be removed as the state consultant,” Sarawak PKR chairperson Baru Bian said.

“If Fong’s statement is accurate as reported, I am appalled at his blatant attempt to mislead the UN on the situation our indigenous people are facing in Sarawak. (more…)


June 25, 2013

‘Prove we delayed project, Awang’

Joseph Tawie

Baru Bian wants the Sarawak government to show evidence on its claims that the opposition was to be blamed for the Lawas water treatment plant construction delay.

Ba’Kelalan assemblyman Baru Bian has Sarawak Utilities Minister Awang Tengah Ali Hassan 14 days to furnish proof that the opposition had delayed this construction of the Lawas water treatment project, failing which he will take legal action.

Awang Tengah is also Second Minister of Resource Planning and Environment as well as Minister of Industrial Development. (more…)

December 8, 2012

Natives threaten army with court injunction

Joseph Tawie

The construction of the RM40 million road connecting Ba Kelalan to Bario in Sarawak, at the cost of an essential water catchment area has angered local villagers.

KUCHING: Angry villagers in Ba’Kelalan have threatened the Malaysian Royal Army Engineers Regiment with a court injunction if they persist in building the Ba’kelalan-Bario road.

“If need be, we will apply for a court injunction to stop the army contractors from proceeding with the road construction,” said Baru Bian, a lawyer and Ba’Kelalan assemblyman. (more…)

November 12, 2012

Lun Bawangs stopping road project that is to pass through their water catchment area

Sematong Express

An angry group of Lun Bawangs has blocked the construction of a Ba’Kelalan-Bario road project, accusing the federal government of failing to listen to the wishes of the community.

The road project, under the Malaysian Army’s Jiwa Murni programme, is already about one kilometre long stretch into the Muda river catchment area when the Lun Bawangs stopped the contractor engaged by the Malaysian army.

“We have told the army’s contractor and its workers to stop constructing the road and to move their heavy machineries away,” Paren Padan said in a recorded statement emailed to the media.

Picture: The Lun Bawangs at the blockade side at Pa’Patar which is near the Muda catchment area. (more…)

October 25, 2012

BN man wants EIA study on BaKelalan road

FMT Staff

Some 2,000 villages in Ba Kelalan are worried about the impact a RM42 million road project will have on their lives.

Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) secretary-general Nelson Balang Rining has broken ranks and, together with opposition assemblyman Baru Bian, is demanding that the state government conduct an “immediate” Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) study on the RM42 million Ba Kelalan-Bario road project.

Some 2,000 villagers from six highland villages appear to be stuck between the devil and the deep blue sea, to quote an old English adage. (more…)

December 9, 2011

Allow longhouse chiefs to disburse funds

Joseph Tawie

Inevitably the federal government always ‘unconsciously’ forgets Sabah and Sarawak when making national plans.

Why is the federal government asking rural hardcore poor Dayaks to fill up Internal Revenue Department (IRD) forms before collecting their gift of RM500?

Strange as it may sound this is one of the conditions listed for recipients of the government’s RM500 aid announced by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak recently.

In addition Sarawak’s poor must also contend with the cost of travel to the nearest IRD office to collect their gift. (more…)

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