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August 17, 2012

Melikin Land Grab

 

The Melikin folks’ nightmare began early this year when several plantation companies encroached onto landowners’ ancestral land Provisional leases over more than 10,000 hectares of land in the area had been awarded to six private companies, believed to be linked to a few assemblymen and a former assemblyman.

Affected villagers had lodged many police reports, staged “camping” protests and held discussions with relevant authorities to seek help. However, their plight continues to fall on deaf ears.

On August 12 near midnight, five landowners from Kampung Danao Melikin were detained by the police in relation to an arson attack. The burnt logging bridge belongs to United Team Trade, one of the six private companies awarded provisional lease and caused an uproar by charging TOLL FEES to pass through their road. The company also alleged that their worker was beaten up by a group of villagers.

The five, aged from 41 to 58, including two headmen, were released three days later by the police and welcomed by some 200 villagers at the police station. None of them was charged in court.What is the purpose to put old helpless innocent villagers in jail? Are all landowners in Sarawak who defend their NCR land risk arrest and lockup?‎”The sob story of the Kampung Danau Melikin. In the past elections, they barred PKR candidates and workers from entering their longhouse during campaign period because they were very strong supporters of BN and its candidates.But when their lands were grabbed and given to a company linked to former PBB state assemblyman, they sought help from BN people who advised them to give up as the lands were not classified as NCR land. What to do – they were forced to seek help from PKR -the very party that they chased away during election time. Sarawak PKR leaders could easily say – no where we will help you.But that is not PKR’s tradition. Supporters or not, they would help. Recently PKR leaders came at the invitation of the villagers themselves. The villagers wanted YB Baru Bian and YB Chee How to take action against plantation company and other parties for grabbing their land.

Then last Sunday, close to midnight, the police team came and arrested Tuai Rumah Nyalu anak Tampa and four of his anakbiaks. The excuse was that the logging bridge, belonging to the company, was set fire by unknown people. There was no witness.The only witness (es) was or were the culprits themselves. After the police have completed their probe, the five were found to be innocent- meaning, they have nothing to do with the burning of the bridge. Now, they have instructed PKR lawyers to sue the police for wrongful arrest.”

“The sob story of the Kampung Danau Melikin. In the past elections, they barred PKR candidates and workers from entering their longhouse during campaign period because they were very strong supporters of BN and its candidates.But when their lands were grabbed and given to a company linked to former PBB state assemblyman, they sought help from BN people who advised them to give up as the lands were not classified as NCR land.What to do – they were forced to seek help from PKR -the very party that they chased away during election time. Sarawak PKR leaders could easily say – no where we will help you.But that is not PKR’s tradition. Supporters or not, they would help. Recently PKR leaders came at the invitation of the villagers themselves. The villagers wanted YB Baru Bian and YB Chee How to take action against plantation company and other parties for grabbing their land.

Then last Sunday, close to midnight, the police team came and arrested Tuai Rumah Nyalu anak Tampa and four of his anakbiaks. The excuse was that the logging bridge, belonging to the company, was set fire by unknown people. There was no witness.The only witness (es) was or were the culprits themselves. After the police have completed their probe, the five were found to be innocent- meaning, they have nothing to do with the burning of the bridge. Now, they have instructed PKR lawyers to sue the police for wrongful arrest.”

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