The natives have actually taken the company to court-with coming hearing dated on Jan 24th 2011. They decided to set up the blockade because the proceeding in the court is too slow. The company has taken the land and sold to another one later-the Niamas Istimewa Sdn Bhd. There is oil palm planted on the land for years but the natives are not getting their dues under the Konsep Baru joint-ventures because the company keep claiming that they have not started to make profit. This is a common occurrence which give a bad name to the Konsep Baru schemes where the natives are given 30% equity in the joint venture operation. Many natives who operate their own oil palm plantations tend to see better return from their land than these joint-ventures
Their NCR lands has been developed based on the same “Konsep Baru” with SLDB and Bintulu Lumber Development Sdn. Bhd. through their JV company, Niamas Istimewa Sdn. Bhd. in 1999 but was abruptly terminated in 2008 or after 9 years allegedly on the ground that there was no NCR over the land involved in the said project is one of such cases.The JV project was also officially launched by Tan Sri Alfred Jabu in 2001
On 4th December 2008, they have organised a protest with more than 220 people in front of the Kuching High Court holding up placards, the group of about 100 expressed anger over the failure of a plantation company to honour its promises to them.
They had signed a joint venture in 1997 with KTS Group subsidiary Niamas Istimewa Sdn Bhd and Sarawak Land Development Board, a statutory body and a shareholder of Sarawak Plantations Bhd, to develop 2,508 hectares of NCR land for oil palm.
Under the Konsep Baru land development scheme, the landowners would hold 30 percent of the equity, the government agency 10 percent and a private investor 60 percent.
Niamas Istimewa Sdn Bhd had made an initial payment of 10 percent of the agreed sum.
However, they has not paid a single cent of the 30 percent by way of unit trust shares to the landowners over the last 13 years, even though the harvested oil palm has brought returns to the joint-venture (JV) company.
The landowners have also learned that 10 percent of the equity of the JV company has since been sold to the private investor without their knowledge.They had asked Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu and State Land Development Minister James Masing to intercede for them, but that there has been no result.
We had received an email from our own source the very moment we publish this post :
“Bro,aku nemu ndar cerita JV tu laban Changgai nya kaban aku.Manah lah sida blockade bakanya,jera.Kena ngajar bala antu gerasi ke makai bala Iban dia
Cerita ia bakatu,mula2 suba, gaga sida dia laban area nya dikumbai tanah NCR,so JV 60,30,10.Udah di endorse Land&Survey Department,Miri.Supritendant ia suba ianya Encik Sejeli Kipli,tapi udah nya enda di recognized Land&Survey Department Kuching
Director ia maianya Encik Baijuri Kipli,menyadi Encik Sejeli Kipli! Tetiba dlm area nya tak bc PL Masjid Negeri Sarawak,semina tinggal 1/3 aja area nya di recognized as NCR Land, ia ke ngelingi kawasan rumah panjai aja!
Bah…kami pan tekenyit! Sapa2 meh meri tanah tu ngagai Lembaga Masjid Negeri. Bisi lah urang bejual ke tanah tu lalu udah nyadi kaya laban nya!
Nya..bakani ko sida dia enda pedis ati deh?Kami ke gawa tu di kumbai urang ngemula ke Rakyat.Perut perutik sida nya.Pulai agai Menteri meh ngatur nya
YB Dr. Rundi ngau Datuk Tiong enda meh ulih ngatur nya bro.Nya ku madah ke sida Changgai, anang nganu kami,ukai kami bula, Perintah ke ngaga utai bakanya.Changgai nya suba siko ari ADC Chairman maianya. Ia ngari ke rumah Ranggong. Siko agi Ai ak Badak.Sama di kumbai urang bula meh kami sebuat,tang sida paham lah…!
Diatu projek nya nadai dijaga kami agi.Nya antara SLDB enggau BLD aja”