Hornbill Unleashed

January 25, 2013

‘Arrest of NCR activists illegal’

Joseph Tawie

An native customary rights lawyer in Sarawak has accused the Selangau police and a Sarawak Administrative Officer of abusing their power in remanding two siblings.

Two native customary rights (NCR) land activists, were not only arrested for lodging a report against a company for illegally logging on their NCR land but also denied proper court procedures.

Matek anak Geram, aged 40, and his brother Tambi, 60, who are members of Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (Sadia) were arrested last Sunday, and on Monday they were produced before a Sarawak Administrative Officer (SAO) who sat in as a magistrate. (more…)

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November 13, 2012

‘Penans asked for clinics, they got dams’

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 12:00 AM
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Joseph Tawie

The Sarawak government took away their forest and land to build dams but left the community in Sungai Asap with ‘chicken feeds and crumbs’, claims an assemblyman.

KUCHING: The government has failed to look after the needs of more than 10,000 people who were resettled in Sungai Asap as a result of being displaced by the Bakun Dam.

Said Sarawak PKR chief Baru Bian: “It’s shocking… there is no public toilet in Sungai Asap despite the fact that there are markets and shops. I was shocked when told about this.

“I asked an elderly woman who was selling vegetables where I could pee. She told me that since there is no public toilet, I could pee in the bush. (more…)

October 17, 2012

Ali Baba contractors ‘killing-off’ Dayak business

Filed under: Human rights,Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 12:00 AM
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Joseph Tawie

‘Ali Baba’ contractors are squeezing Dayak contractors out of busienss in Pakan, Sarikei, Bintagor, Selangau, Kanowit and Sri Aman constituencies.

Discontent Dayak contractors in Pakan may cost Julau MP Joseph Salang to lose substantial votes in the coming general election.

Salang, who is also Deputy Minister of Information, Communications and Culture, seems to be unable to help his genuine Dayak contractors.

According to the contractors, they are shabbily treated and are victims of the famed ‘Ali Baba contractors’ disease which surfaced during the era of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. (more…)

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