Dayak landowners protest outside Putrajaya Federal Court after losing case

DANI held a peaceful protest at the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya today after the Sarawak native communities lost yet another land case in the Federal Court.

PUTRAJAYA, Nov 7: Dayak Nation Institute (DANI) held a gathering outside the Palace of Justice from 10am to 12 noon today to protest against the Federal Court judgment on the Tuai Rumah Masa Nangkai case which favoured the respondents consisting of the Sarawak state government and Land Custody and Development Authority (LCDA).

One of the affected landowners, Cobbold John who attended the rally said once they came out of the court, they instantly held a rally to express their discontentment.

“We had a premonition that we would lose the case because there has been a pattern where there are many cases where the natives won in the High Court and the Court of Appeal only to lose their case in the Federal Court.

“So immediately after the judgment, we gathered outside the Federal Court and held our banners. We want the world to know that our land has been taken away from us by the government and we will fight on,” said Cobbold who is also Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDSB) president.

He said even though he was very upset and frustrated, he would still keep his cool and try other means to get his land back.

“In the meantime, we (landowners) will go back to our respective homes. We will decide what to do later,” Cobbold told DayakDaily after the rally.

He said there were about 50 Sarawakians including affected landowners and other landowners who are involved in other land disputes with the Sarawak state government and other governmental agencies or government linked companies.

“On a whole, landowners of four different cases gathered here to express their discontent over the land cases they were involved in.

“Some of us are landowners in the TR Masa case, while another group of landowners are those involved in the Tuai Rumah Nyutan case.”

“Then there is another group from Miri who are the Kedayan. Their land case involves the land at Canada Hill.

“The fourth group are the landowners in the Hilarian Besi Jinggot case,” he said.

Meanwhile, DANI spokesman Rapelson Richard Hamit said the Dayak will soon become refugees of their own land after losing land case after land case. — DayakDaily