Employers urged to let indigenous employees attend Nov 13 NCR Rally

The police have given permission for the Nov 13 Rally (picture supplied).

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KUCHING, Nov 12: The Nov 13 NCR Rally organisers are calling on employers to release their indigenous workers tomorrow so that these workers may be able to attend the gathering at Kuching Waterfront or the new Courthouse, as a sign of support for the rights of their native employees.

One of the organisers Bill Jugah expressed the urgent wish for the participants of this peaceful assembly to adhere to the various conditions set out by the authorities in ensuring their own safety.

“We have done all things necessary within our capacity to meet the requirements set out by the authorities.

“No children are allowed to attend the rally for their safety. No weapons or objects deemed to be weapons are permitted in the rally even if the natives come in their traditional ethnic costumes.

“No banner is allowed to display any name or logo of any political party, NGO or association,” said Bill in a press statement today.

He said banners containing words condemning the court or expressing contempt of court from any party are also not permitted.

“Please respect the rights of the indigenous people (IP) communities who initiated this rally for the IP communities and by the IP communities,” he said.

He insisted that the rally should be a peaceful one where the indigenous people may express their concern over their rights and land.

“We do not wish the authorities to misconstrue this event as anything else apart from being a peaceful gathering for the indigenous communities to express their predicament.

“Let me remind all of us that this IP Red Rally is to voice our demand to self determination for our rights, native customary rights, ‘pemakai menoa’ and ‘pulau galau’.

“We cannot afford to give the power of the people and ownership of our land rights to political parties and government,” he added.

He reminded participants to bring their own drinking water and food as well as their own trash bags to keep their own rubbish.

“Tomorrow is a day of Unity and Solidarity of all communities to tell the government that this is the voice of the people.

“Whoever is attending the rally tomorrow, please respect the rights of the indigenous people of the nation,” he added. — DayakDaily