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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 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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