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February 25, 2014

Disbelief over MACC’s inability to find proof of Taib power abuse


Opposition lawmakers in Sarawak reacted with disbelief over a report that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) could not find any proof against outgoing Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud for alleged abuse of power in the giving of large tracts of land and logging licences to his relatives.

“This is outrageous!” PKR Sarawak vice-chairman and its Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How (pic) said.

“Is MACC clearing Taib of any wrongdoing?” See asked, adding that he will meet with the anti-graft watchdog’s chief commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed. (more…)

January 29, 2014

Once ‘open’ Petronas now ‘closed’ to Borneo

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Petronas StudentFMT Staff

Sarawak PKR said many West Malaysians were hired and brought into Sarawak under the guise of trainees and security staff.

National oil and gas company, Petronas, which was once transparent and receptive to Sabah and Sarawakian employees underwent somekind of a  change in the 1990s, so much so that it reclused itself from Borneo, said opposition PKR.

Party vice-chairman See Chee How  said that in the past Petronas had been transparent about the number of Sarawakian workers it employed. (more…)

January 25, 2014

Dialogue on religion: Only Umno-free Sarawak can lead

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William Mangor

Local opposition are of the opinion that the “ultra rights in Umno” won’t allow the federal government to accept Pakatan Rakyat’s invitation.

Pakatan Rakyat here believes only Sarawak can lead the way in finding a middleroad to the current racial and religious tension in the country.

State PKR deputy chief See Chee How said it was unlikely that ruling Barisan Nasional in Peninsular Malaysia will accept Pakatan leadership’s unconditional  invitation to dialogue on the matter. (more…)

Sarawak PKR wants BN-Pakatan ’roundtable’

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Dukau Papau

Sarawak PKR is calling on the state government to initiate a ‘Rainbow Roundtable’ talk among all BN and Pakatan Rakyat component parties, other political parties and NGOs to discuss matters and find solutions to problems affecting the state and the country, said its vice-chairperson See Chee How.

“Yesterday, the Pakatan Rakyat leadership council had, through Anwar Ibrahim, Lim Kit Siang and Mohamad Sabu, reiterated its callto rival BN for a dialogue to come up with solutions on raging racial and religious issues. (more…)

October 20, 2013

Court decision on ‘Allah’ will affect us, says Sarawak PKR

Dukau Papau

Sarawakians should not trust Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and members of his cabinet on their claims that the Court of Appeal decision on the use of the term ‘Allah’ by non-Muslims will not affect them, two Sarawak PKR leaders have warned.

“If we trust them, we will be in for a big shock, because they do not have power to override a court decision,” Sarawak PKR vice-chairperson See Chee How said today.

See (left), who is Batu Lintang assemblyperson, was commenting on the assurances given by the Najib administration that the Borneo states will not be affected by the decision to ban the use of the word ‘Allah’ by Christians. (more…)

July 19, 2013

Sarawak blackout: Make report public

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Joseph Tawie

Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How wants the investigations to include a study into the massive losses incurred by the consumers and business community.

The state government and Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB) should make public the preliminary findings on Sarawak’s statewide blackout on June 27.

Raising the issue, Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How said:  “A detailed investigation into the statewide blackout should be opened.

“It should include interviewing of households, commercial and industrial consumers, to determine the extent of the losses and damages suffered in the blackout, hence ensuring preventive and remedial actions may be planned and implemented. (more…)

July 7, 2013

Only in Malaysia: lawyer under travel ban for supporting Suu Kyi even after she walks free


Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi is the famous face of democracy. After years and years of house arrest in Myanmar, she now goes anywhere she wants in the world.

Not so much the Malaysian lawyer who went to Suu Kyi’s homeland 14 years ago to campaign for her release then.

His forced restriction to Malaysia was invisible to the world until the past week when British activist Clare Rewcastle Brown highlighted it after she was thrown out of Sarawak, when she tried to enter the state. He was her lawyer for the defamation suit she was flying in to defend.


July 6, 2013

Taib has 14-year travel ban on my Sarawak lawyer, says activist Rewcastle Brown

Chee How & Rewcastle BrownRITA JONG

There is a curious twist to the story of the British activist banned from entering Sarawak.

The same security office of Chief Minister Tan Sri Taib Mahmud that would not let her enter the state last week to defend herself in a legal suit there, has apparently also banned her Malaysian lawyer from leaving the country – for the past 14 years.

Activist Clare Rewcastle Brown revealed this about her lawyer See Chee How in an exclusive interview with The Malaysian Insider.

“See is restricted from travelling outside Malaysia on similar orders from Sarawak CM, even though he is an elected member of the state assembly,” she said. (more…)

November 20, 2012

Can palm oil fuel a Molotov cocktail?

Keruah Usit

An unknown thug threw a Molotov cocktail into the driveway of the home of See Chee How, state assemblyperson for Batu Lintang, Kuching, and Sarawak PKR vice-chairperson, around 4am a week ago.

No one was injured by the makeshift weapon. See’s family car was slightly dented by the projectile, and there were scorch marks on the chassis, as well as broken glass on the driveway.

See (right) is an indigenous land rights lawyer, and a successful partner in Baru Bian and Associates, a law firm based in Kuching. He and Baru Bian, state PKR head, have won a string of landmark native customary rights (NCR) land cases against the state government, and its partners in oil palm plantation firms and logging companies. (more…)

May 19, 2012

RM67.55b surplus but where’s the money?

Joseph Tawie

If statistics are any measure, Sarawak should be the richest state in Malaysia, so why then is there a lack of funds for development projects.

Facts and figures listed in the Sarawak government’s monthly bulletin have come under scrutiny following revelations that the state’s trade surplus last year was a whopping RM67.55 billion.

Pointing this out today, Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How said he found the figures in the preliminary data from the February 2011 Sarawak Statistics Bulletin. (more…)

May 11, 2012

Court rulings strengthen native rights on NCR

Joseph Tawie

Recent court rulings favouring natives in NCR land issues should be seen as a warning to potential investors.

The recent court victories of native customary rights (NCR) landowners against oil palm companies should serve as important lessons and precedents to would-be investors.

NCR lawyer See Chee How said oil palm companies can no longer bully landowners simply because the state government refuses to respect the people’s rights. (more…)

December 1, 2011

See: Enactment of Peaceful Assembly Bill 2011 ‘insensitive’

NO TO BILL: Scenes at the assembly which opposes the approval of the PA 2011 Bill.

State PKR vice-chairman See Chee How has described the enactment of the Peaceful Assembly Bill 2011 as ‘insensitive’.

He said nobody would give up their rights to liberty to the government.

Commenting on media reports that Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders had accused the Malaysian Bar Council of acting like a political party for drafting an alternative Bill, the Batu Lintang assemblyman said “it is inappropriate to accuse the Council of playing politics to block the Bill as the parliament is given the mandate to legislate”.

“Not only this but there is a lot of rubbish and insensitive parliamentarians in the BN government. When the people give you the right to sit in parliament or state assemblies, it doesn’t mean that you are given a blanket right to do whatever you want. Nobody would give you the right to take away their liberty,” he said when met at the Sarawak Dayak Iban Association-organised peaceful assembly at the old Court House complex here yesterday. (more…)

November 29, 2011

SPDP, SUPP unlikely to recover in time

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Joseph Tawie

Internal strive and Taib Mahmud’s strategy to keep BN allies SPDP and SUPP ‘weak’ will give Sarawak Pakatan Rakyat the edge.

The Sarawak Pakatan Rakyat coalition is keenly watching the latest political developments in the state, namely the  crisses in Sarawak United Peoples Party (SUPP) and Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP). At stake is 11 parliamentary seats belonging to both SUPP and SPDP.

“The two parties (SUPP and SPDP) are getting weaker due to internal conflicts,” said See Chee How, vice-president of Sarawak PKR.

“SUPP and SPDP are the latest victims to fall prey to PBB’s ploy to weaken state BN. They want them to remain weak and dependent on PBB,” he said when asked to comment on the current political developments in the state. (more…)

November 17, 2011

House rejects question on FBC media

Joseph Tawie

Sarawak opposition PKR wants to know why Speaker Asfia Awang Nassar dismissed questions on UK-based public relations company FBC Media.

A question as to whether the Sarawak government was still paying a British-based public relations company, FBC Media, to conduct a global media campaign against international critiques was shot down at the state legislative assembly sitting yesterday.

Speaker Asfia Awang Nassar used his newfound powers availed by approved amendment to Standing Order to reject the question by Batu Lintang (PKR) assemblyman See Chee How.

Earlier during the debate, See said his question was based on certain documents in his possession. (more…)

September 23, 2011


Press Statement from Baru Bian


SUIT NO: 21-4-2009 (SIBU)

Today, another judgment handed down by the High Court in Sabah and Sarawak at Sibu, is another clear proof that the land grab by the present State Government of Native Customary Land (NCL) in Sarawak is on the rise.


1.       The Plaintiffs who are all Iban natives of Sarawak, headed by their longhouse Chief or Tuai Rumah Gayan anak Tupai, and 3 others brought a legal action on their own behalf, as well as on behalf of 15 other residents who claimed to be proprietors, occupiers, and claimants of Native Customary Rights (NCR) land approximately 3,308.15 acres, (“the said NCR Land”) situated at their longhouse known as Rumah Gayan, Dassey, Budu, Krian, Saratok, Sarawak, against 3 Defendants a timber licensee Vita Hill Sdn Bhd and the issuing authority, the Director of Forests, Sarawak and the State Government of Sarawak. (more…)

September 6, 2011

Baru Bian: Sarawak govt wrongly advised on NCR

Joseph Tawie

The Sarawak government has refused to abide by court rulings on NCR because it would mean that the ‘entire state would belong to natives’.

Is the Sarawak government being wrongly advised on the issue of native customary rights (NCR) over land?

The opposition here believes that the Attorney-General’s Chambers is not knowledgeable enough about the reach of the NCR issues and is ill-advising the state government.

Said Sarawak PKR leader Baru Bian: “The advice given (to the state government) is that NCR land only covers temuda land, and it does not cover pulau galau (communal forest), pemakai menua (territorial domain), pendam (graves) and tembawai (old longhouse sites).

“But we have proved to them that they are wrong.

“The High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Federal Court have agreed with our interpretation and have ruled that the NCR land also covers pemakai menua, pulau galau, pendam and so on.” (more…)

August 6, 2011

Save the Sebangan Rainforest

Numpang Suntai and 14 others, representing 276 Iban families from the 15 longhouse communities of Kampung Entanggor, Ensika, Lumut, Arus Dayak, Tongkah Dayak, Tongkah Dayak Lubuk Manta, Tongkah Dayak Atas, Tongkah Dayak Rumah Panjai, Lunying, Belimbing Besi, Ketimbong and Bajong Ili, Bajong Ili Atas, Bajong Ili Tengah, Bajong Ili Baruh, all situate at Sebangan, Simunjan, Sarawak, filed their civil suit at the Kuching High Court on November 1st, 2010.

This case is going to be heard at Kuching High Court on August 8th, 2011. This civil court proceeding is scheduled to last a week.  (more…)

July 19, 2011

Another Consent Judgment entered for Native Landowners

HU Editor

After the consent judgment entered last Friday in favour of 500 NCR landowners of 2 longhouse communities of Rumah Musih and Rumah Usek in Kampung Sg Merak, Pantu, Simanggang , another is entered this morning in the Kuching High Court for the Iban landowners of Kampung Merakai, Gedong, 35 miles south.

Meri Anak Sain, Ibi Anak Uding, Uyam Anak Ujai, Nyambar Anak Suwat and Jerry Anak Suwat filed their case through Baru Bian Advocates & Solicitors in 2009, for themselves and other NCR landowners of Kampung Merakai, against 3 logging companies, the Director of Forest and Sarawak State Government for encroachment into their NCR land. (more…)

July 18, 2011

MoCS set on walk during Ramadan

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MoCS leader Francis Siah

Ang Ngan Toh

Movement for Change, Sarawak (MoCS) insists on holding its ‘Walk for democracy and reforms’ on Aug 13 in Kuching, despite the fasting month.

“I have thought through this matter months ago and had consulted our Muslim friends,” MoCS leader Francis Siah (photo, on the right) said today when responding to criticisms by some Sarawak BN leaders, especially from Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB) against the rally.

They had accused him of disrespecting Islam and Muslims by holding the rally during the holy month. (more…)

July 15, 2011

Another Victory for NCR Landowners in Sarawak

HU Editor

Martin Ak Lindang, Biju Ak Nyelang and Buang Ak Jala have added their names to the list of proud native plaintiffs in Sarawak who have successfully defended the native customary rights land, for themselves and on behalf of the other 500 village folks dwelling in the 2 longhouse communities of Rumah Musih and Rumah Usek, in Kampung Sg Merak, Pantu, Simanggang.

In Kuching this morning, High Court Judge Sangau Gunting recorded a consent judgment for the NCR land case litigated earlier before Datuk Linton Albert (now a judge in the Court of Appeal). 6 witnesses of the Plaintiffs had given their evidence when parties have decided to settle the matter amicably. (more…)

July 1, 2011

Where’s the RM1.2m, Jabu?

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Joseph Tawie

Sarawak PKR wants to know what happened to the money the state government had allocated to ferry Penan students from their homes.

Where has the RM1.2 million allocated by the Sarawak government to ferry Penan students from their respective villages in Baram gone?

Posing the question, PKR vice-president Voon Shiak Ni said the schools had not received any money from the allocation which dated back to 2008.

The fund was said to have been given to the resident’s and district office for distribution to the schools in the Baram district. (more…)

June 24, 2011

See startles state assembly with his revelation

Ang Ngan Toh

PKR assemblyperson See Chee How delivered a startling disclosure at the Sarawak state legislative assembly sitting today with his revelation of the timber licences issued to companies after the dissolution of the legislative body on March 21.

However, See , who is also PKR information chief, did not want to discloses the names of these companies, though, he claimed that they were in his possession.

The Batu Lintang representative also told reporters that the one of the officials responsible for the issuing the licences had entered politics. (more…)

June 8, 2011

Sarawak PKR: Taib not leaving just yet

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Ang Ngan Toh

Sarawak PKR does not expect the status quo in the state leadership to change even with the recent appointment of Adenan Satem as minister with special functions in the Sarawak chief minister’s office.

It said this does not mean that Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud  will step down in three years’ time, as he had promised before the April 16 state election.

“If anyone thinks that Adenan will replace Taib, they are wrong. The time has not come for Taib to name his successor just yet,” said Sarawak PKR information chief See Chee How. (more…)

May 25, 2011

Demand a serial comic sideshow

Geryl Ogilvy Ruekeith @theborneopost.com

NEW MEMBERS: Asfia (front, third right) in a photoshoot with some of the newly elected members of the State Legislative Assembly after their meeting and lunch at the new DUN complex yesterday. A total of 22 members would be making their debut at the coming sitting.

State Legislative Assembly Speaker says MoCS has no locus standi to ask Taib to step down

KUCHING: Losers in the recent state election do not have any rights, legitimacy nor the authority to demand for the resignation of the victors. (more…)

May 17, 2011

Landmark S’wak NCR land trial postponed

Hazlan Zakaria

The landmark challenge being mounted by a group of natives against the Sarawak Land Code was postponed to allow the state to answer a 56-page submission and an affidavit filed by the appellants earlier this morning.“We submitted our lengthy submission on our proposal, as requested by the court, on how to evaluate and compensate for the appropriation of NCR lands if the court agrees that it is different from normal lands, as land is life(represents livelihood) to the natives.

“We have agreed to allow them time to prepare a proper submission to this,” renowned native rights lawyer and activist Baru Bian told reporters after proceedings at the Federal Court in Putrajaya. (more…)

May 2, 2011

Handbook for rural campaigning in Sarawak

Sim Kwang Yang

BY NOW, the DAP has deduced the urban campaign in Sarawak down to a science, after 33 years of practice. Since the DAP first came to Sarawak in the late 1970s, they have become experts at winning the hearts and minds of urban voters in Bumi Kenyalang.

But campaigning in rural Sarawak is largely left to the personal whims of the political personalities on the ground within the opposition front. The success of the BN machinery in rural Sarawak, in contrast, is a testimony to the strength of the ruling coalition in this state, the largest in Malaysia. The BN’s grip on power in Sarawak has yet to be shaken by the challenge from the opposition coalition. (more…)

May 1, 2011

‘Best solution to NCR issue is gov’t change’


Kuek Ser Kuang Keng

Sarawak natives may have won a landmark case in 2009 at the Federal Court to protect their natives customary land rights (NCR), but activist lawyer-turned politician Baru Bian concluded that the fastest way to resolve the long simmering issue is a complete change of government.

Currently handling over 100 cases of NCR land disputes, the Sarawak PKR chief believed that the core problem lay with the Sarawak government that has consistently defied court rulings and continued to grant land concessions to private companies that encroached into NCR lands. (more…)

April 27, 2011

Reflections on PRN10 Sarawak

Hornbill CornerSim Kwang Yang

My first brush with electoral politics in Malaysia happened 33 years ago, in 1978. I was in Kuching for the summer vacation, a break from my university course in philosophy. I had already enrolled in graduate school, intending to pursue a PhD in that obscure subject.

I read in the newspaper that a group of Kuching people were trying to set up a new branch for the DAP. I knew nothing about the DAP and did not know their secretary-general Lim Kit Siang. But I have always been convinced that democracy is good for the people, in Sarawak or elsewhere. So I walked up to the local contact person and signed up as a member. (more…)

April 21, 2011

Pakatan’s rural roadmap for GE13

Keruah Usit
Pakatan Rakyat’s strength in Kuching, Sibu, Miri and Bintulu may be extrapolated to deliver six to eight urban and semi-urban seats in Sarawak, out of 31 to be contested in the next parliamentary elections.

This would be a significant improvement on DAP’s two current MPs, Chong Chien Jen in Bandar Kuching and Wong Ho Leng in Bandar Sibu.

However, to make a push for the minimum 112 seats required to take over federal power, Pakatan needs rural seats. Several elements are required for Pakatan’s drive to make a dent in rural contests. (more…)

April 20, 2011

Sarawak results not a national barometer

Tarani Palani

Although the BN has retained its two-thirds majority, it may not be a good yardstick for Najib to call for snap polls just yet, say analysts.

KUALA LUMPUR: The just-concluded Sarawak state election cannot be used as a barometer by the Barisan Nasional (BN) to call for snap polls as it does not reflect national sentiments.

Political analysts, however, agree that there are several indicators from the state polls that needed to be taken heed of, especially in the case of Chinese votes. (more…)

April 14, 2011

See Chee How : Open Letter To All Sarawakians


April 13, 2011

Detained and deported by Burma, sued by Taib

Keruah Usit

One candidate, among the 213 vying for 71 seats in Sarawak’s state election, has had the experience of having been deported from Burma. 

See Chee How, Keadilan (PKR) candidate for Batu Lintang in Kuching, was among 18 foreign human rights activists detained by the Burmese military junta on August 8, 1998. (more…)

April 12, 2011

A Sarawak Spring?

Bridget Welsh

When change rocked the Middle East from Tunisia to Yemen, many were quick to point out that it could not happen in Malaysia. The BN government has a stronger record of governance and, for all of the unevenness of the playing field, holds competitive elections.

Yet, as the Sarawak campaign has unfolded, it is increasingly becoming apparent that change is afoot. The 30-year tenure of Abdul Taib Mahmud – closely paralleling the length of Hosni Mubarak’s own tenure – has inspired an unprecedented response on the ground. (more…)

April 11, 2011

PKR: Cash offered for votes in Kuching

Keruah Usit

Sarawak PKR information chief and candidate for the Batu Lintang seat, lawyer See Chee How, has told Malaysiakini that Kuching voters are being offered between RM100 and RM200 for their votes in the upcoming state polls.

“We are fighting an uphill battle, because we heard that they are buying votes in Stutong, in the market and the nearby area. So it’s not going to be easy. (more…)

April 10, 2011

A plea to Batu Lintang voters

Sim Kwang Yang

Dear friends,

I appeal to all of you to give your support to See Chee How, the PKR candidate in the Batu Lintang constituency, in the Sarawak state election on April 16.

I call on you to do this in order to teach Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud a lesson in democracy. Taib is one of the most powerful people in Malaysia because of his phenomenal wealth and he has plundered the wealth of Sarawak for over 30 years.  (more…)

April 4, 2011

Putrajaya backs down over Alkitab for Sabah and Sarawak

Debra Chong 

Faced with an unyielding Christian community days ahead of a crucial state poll in Sarawak, the federal government has retracted all conditions previously imposed on the use of Malay bibles there, but appear to have separate rules for believers on the other side of the South China Sea.

The Cabinet, through its Christian minister, Datuk Seri Idris Jala, offered today a new list of suggestions to put an end to the month-long stand-off, in a bid to head off a possible backlash against the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition in Malaysia’s biggest and most Christian state on April 16. (more…)

Pakatan gov’t experience to help penetrate rural S’wak

Kuek Ser Kuang Keng

Although the ‘political tsunami’ of the 2008 general election is losing steam in the peninsula as shown by the recent by-elections, it will still be Pakatan’s major weapon in fighting the 10th Sarawak state election on April 16.

The formation of five Pakatan Rakyat state governments after the last general election, will be portrayed by the Sarawak opposition as a strong example of how to convey a simple message to the Sarawak electorate, especially the natives in rural areas, that the BN is unable to equal that governance. (more…)

April 3, 2011


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. Sarawak Report

Mohammad Ali Mahmud – the CM’s YB businessman brother!

Another Mahmud brother, another land grabber!  Taib was hardly going to leave his brother Ali out of the party.  After all Mohammad Ali bin Mahmud, is also slaving away as a State YB for Muara Tuang and a stalwart of Taib’s PBB (part of BN).

However, Ali has clearly been anxious to disguise his involvement in the land grabs.  Could it be that he thinks that it could be regarded as wrong by his voting constituents?

Most other records in the land registry put the contact name and details clearly into the section where these are requested.  However, Ali just slipped in a telephone number for the company Tabaruk Abadi, which was registered in 2007 as having taken over 5,000 hectares in Sri Aman for oil plantation. (more…)

April 2, 2011




也是人民公正党最高理事的施志豪质疑,一个大马组织自称为无党无派的非政府组织,偏偏却只在选举期间出现,并且与国阵领导互动频密。 (more…)




“泰益长达三十年的执政期间,许多原住民的土地遭国阵政府夺走,泰益家族过着奢华生活,相反地,人民却活在水深火热之中。” (more…)

March 31, 2011

Sarawak must re-write own story

Maclean Patrick

Sarawak is not a ‘fixed deposit’ for the BN but a thinking state that must chart its own course.

We should not investigate facts by the light of arguments, but arguments by the light of facts. – Myson of ChanaeNever before has a singular event throw up so much dirt and fodder. The coming Sarawak election has produced enough political misadventures to give any right-minded thinkers a headache. (more…)

March 26, 2011

Taib mocks opposition over seat tussle

FMT Staff

There is no reason for us, the government, to seize people’s land, adds the CM.

The opposition parties in Sarawak are incapable of working together as is seen in their ongoing fight over seats for the state election, said Chief Minister and state BN chief Abdul Taib Mahmud today.

He said that the tussle for seats between the state opposition parties is an indication that they are incapable of working for the people. (more…)

Suara Sarawak


March 25, 2011

Taib family’s land deal shelved in run-up to election


Keruah Usit 

The Sarawak government has withdrawn two lucrative provisional land leases in Lundu, awarded by Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud to Polar Horizon, a company closely linked to his own family.

A letter dated March 18 from the state Land and Survey Department to Jamain Mahmud (no relation to Taib), vice-chairman of the local villagers’ action committee stated that “an instruction has been given to the Land and Survey superintendent, Kuching Division, to cancel the provisional lease to Lot 176 and 177 of Block 5, Sampadi Land District and Lot 178 of Block 6, Sampadi Land District, which had been issued to Polar Horizon Sdn Bhd”. (more…)

March 22, 2011

See Chee How repeats call for debate with Taib Mahmud

Stephen Tiong

Sarawak PKR information chief See Chee How repeated his party’s challenge to Chief Minister Taib Mahmud for a public debate with Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian, as he today released two more examples of native customary rights (NCR) land grabs by the State Government.

Watched by the intimidating presence of the police’s Public Order and Riot Unit (Poru), See demanded that Taib respond positively. (more…)

March 6, 2011

Sarawak natives will sue if state fails to correct anomaly

Stephen Tiong

“Someone in higher authority” has requested 495 families to drop their lawsuit against the state government and a company linked to Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud’s family for encroaching into their native customary rights (NCR) lands, revealed lawyer See Chee How.

The native families are from Kampung Kangka, Kampung Sempadi, Kampung Sungai China, Kampung Stoh and Kampung Ulu Riam, who are claiming native customary rights over 2,135ha land in Sempadi in Lundu district. (more…)

February 14, 2011

Taib Mahmud: Blood’s thicker than water


Over a hundred Malay, Bidayuh and Iban Native Customary Rights (NCR) land owners from five villages protested at the Kuching Court Complex on Friday against Polar Horizon, a company owned mainly by Abu Bekir, the son of Sarawak’s Chief Minister Taib Mahmud.

Polar Horizon had filed a suit last November against a well-known Sibu-based company, Rona Hijau, as well as the native landowners, seeking to prevent them from remaining in the oil palm smallholdings in Sampadi. (more…)

February 12, 2011

Taib’s ‘land grab’ infuriates party faithful

Keruah Usit

In an unprecedented show of dissent by members of Abdul Taib Mahmud’s own party, Parti Pesaka Bumiputera (PBB), Malay and Bidayuh villagers from Sampadi, Lundu, gathered at the Kuching High Court yesterday to voice their anger.

The villagers were dismayed at the takeover of their smallholder oil palm farms by Polar Horizon, a subsidiary of Titanium Management, a conglomerate owned mostly by Abu Bekir Taib, son of chief minister Taib Mahmud.  (more…)

Taib’s Brute Land Grab – BN PBB Members and Supporters not Spared

HU Editor

Updated with another Video

Ketua Ranting PBB Sampadi, Encik Jamain bin Mahmud


February 11, 2011

Penan win appeal in landmark NCR decision


Stephen Tiong, Malaysiakini

The Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of five Pen

ans in a landmark decision against a timber company, the Forestry Department and the Sarawak government, for encroachment into land to which Native Customary Rights (NCR) was exerted.

In a unanimous ruling on Monday, the three-member bench overturned the High Court’s dismissal of the Penans’ claim.

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