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December 15, 2010

NCR Defender to be charged in Court tomorrow


Taken from Hornbill Unleashed


Numpang Anak Suntai (picture) will be charged in the Magistrate Court in Serian tomorrow morning, allegedly for criminal intimidation.

Last month, Numpang together with 290 other representatives of the 15 Iban communities from Sebangan, Simunjan, Sarawak had filed a suit against Quality Concrete Sdn Bhd, a logging company substantially owned by Sarawak Chief Minister’s sister Roziah @ Raziah Mahmud, for trespassing and encroachment into their native customary rights land.

Family members, friends and relatives of the gentle-speaking Numpang are expected to crowd the Serian District Office premises to show their support for him and the on-going battles to defend native customary land rights in Sarawak.

Related articles in Hornbill Unleashed:

Logging paper-trail leads to Taib’s family

15 Iban villages sue company of Taib’s sister

Logging company of Taib Mahmud’s sister sued by Sebangan natives

Iban logging protestors defy Taib’s family

Breaking News : Simunjan 7 NCR landowners freed!

200 NCR landowners demand to be detained

Raziah – Protestors jailed

NCR land dispute: ‘Intelligence report’ for PM

Raziah Grabs Multi-Million Dollar Forest For Just RM250!

Blatant disregard for native customary rights

They come at us with laws and guns and accuse us of intimidation?

September 14, 2010

Court hands victory to longhouse folk


By Joseph Tawie

KUCHING: The residents of seven longhouses in Tuba today heaved a sigh of relief when the Kuching High Court ordered the state to exclude their lands from the proposed Sebuyau National Park.

“It is a huge victory for us,” said Joshua Karim, a spokesman for the group.

“Credit should be given to the people for their brave efforts and their patience.”

Two years ago, the state government earmarked some 27,500 hectares of land in Ulu Sebuyau for the park, meant as a wildlife sanctuary, particularly for orang utan and proboscis monkeys.

Several longhouses, including the seven in Tuba, would have had to be moved out from the area.

But the Tuba folk brought their case to court with the help of native land rights activist Baru Bian and his legal firm. The decision today ensured that 5,000 acres of the NCR (native customary right) land are safe. Only 400 acres of NCR land are now part of the park.

“Now we can sleep peacefully and are no longer fearful of being moved out from the land which we have occupied since the time of Rajah Brooke,” Karim said.

Negotiations to start

Celebrating the victory with them today was PKR supreme councilor Zaid Ibrahim, who flew in from Kuala Lumpur to hear the court decision.

Zaid said the case should serve as a lesson to the state government that it could not simply ignore the rights of the people.

Baru Bian, briefing the press on the court decision, said his clients would begin negotiations with the government next week for some form of compensation for the money they had to spend on the case.

“I hope it can be settled out of court,” he said.

September 6, 2010

Blatant disregard for native customary rights


By Joseph Tawie

SEBUYAU: A group of villagers have accused the Sarawak forestry department of blatant disregard of their native customary rights (NCR) over their communal forests.

Activists Nicholas Mujah and Numpang Anan Suntai who are helming the group said the department was refusing to suspend the license issued to logging company, Quality Concrete Holding to stop harvesting of timber in their ‘pulau galau’ (communal forest)

“The department has been informed by the land and survey department through a letter that the area is confirmed to be native customary rights land.

“Yet the department does not want to take action against Quality Concrete Holdings, which continues to log trees in the communal forest,” said Mujah, who is the secretary general of Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (Sadia) in a letter of complaint to Suhakam.

“The logging activities have destroyed a large number of our rubber and fruit trees and cash crops,” he said, pointing out that such activities will also disturb their shrines, graveyards and their sources of incomes.

He added that the the logging activities was also polluting the people’s source of drinking water as well as disturbing the habitat of some of the protected animals such as the proboscis monkeys, orang utan, hornbills, deer and peacock.

The area is also the home of some of the rarest species of timber such as belian (iron wood) and selangan batu which fetches up to RM4,000 a tonne.

Five longhouses namely Kampung Entangor, Kg Sungai Ijok, Kg Arus, Kg Tungkah Dayak and Kg Ensika are directly affected by the logging activities.

“All these are clear violations of the rights of the villagers and environmental hazards,” he said, calling on Suhakam to carry out an immediate investigation into the violation of human rights by the forest department and the company.

Longhouse chiefs getting ‘kickbacks’

Meanwhile, Sadia has also received complaints that certain Penghulu and longhouse chiefs had allegedly received ‘kickbacks’ from the company for their cooperation.Read more here


DESTRUCTION OF SEBANGAN & SEBUYAU RAINFORESTS DUE TO LOGGING ACTIVITIES

Taken from Borneo Independent News Service

By Numpang Suntai

Kampung Sebangan, 30th August 2010

1. Introduction

Quality Concrete Holdings Bhd has a license to extract timber issued by the Director of Forest Department, Sarawak. This is for a period of one year effective 20 November 2009.  The license covers the bulk of the last of remaining rainforest between Sebangan and Sebuyau rivers.

The areas covered by the license are in the interconnected mountain range starting from Kpg Mensika to Kpg Entanggor in the Bahagian Samarahan and including areas next to Kpg Lunying in the Bahagian Sri Aman. Sadly, the areas covered by the license are the cultivated lands under Native Customary Rights (NCR) Land and Communal Forests reserve (Kampong Galau) for of the Dayak Iban natives in that area. Evidences to authenticate these claims were submitted to the Land & Survey Department, Sarawak on the 15th & 26th July 2010. In addition, logging will cause extensive permanent environmental and social damages to the area.

This report calls for the Director of Forest Department, Sarawak is to immediately withdraw the license to extract timber in the Sebangan & Sebuyau Rainforests.

2. Opposition to Logging

The local Dayak Iban natives oppose the logging in the Sebangan and Sebuyau areas because:

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July 3, 2010

Iban demonstrate outside District Office, Sebuyau to protect communal forest, home for orangutan,proboscis monkeys and hornbills


 

Taken from  Borneo Independent News Service’s

 

As local government seeks to find resolution, natives told to prove the land is theirs.

Today some two hundred and fifty Sebuyau Iban held a peaceful demonstration outside a Sarawak district office today to protect their communal forest.

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June 28, 2010

Sebuyau Iban,in direct action,confiscate logging equipment


 

Taken from  Borneo Independent News Service’s

 

In a mass action on 24th June 2010 , Sebuyau Iban travelled upriver to confiscate the keys of logging vehicles and equipment found on their territory. The vehicles are the property of Quality Concrete Sdn Bhd, a logging company who had entered into their forests without the consent of the landowners. The keys have been surrendered to the local police.

Travelling upriver from village to area of tresspass

Taking action as a community

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