NCR land: Dayak DCMs urged to table bill to reinstate deleted provision

Rapelson Richard Hamit.

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KUCHING, Oct 16: Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak Baru (PBDSB) Youth called on both deputy chief ministers namely Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing and Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas to reinstate the provision of Section 5(2) of the Land Code Chapter 81 to solve the issues of defining ‘pemakai menua’ and ‘pulau galau’ (PMPG).

Its chief Rapelson Richard Hamit made this assertion in a press release today.

“PBDSB Youth urges the state overnment of Sarawak to reinstate the provision of Section 5(2) (f) of the Land Code Chapter 81 to solve the complication over PMPG faced by the natives of Sarawak in establishing their Native Customary Rights (NCR) claims,” said Rapelson.

He said Section 5 (2) (f) of the Sarawak Land Code was deleted 17 years ago in the year 2000.

“Native customary rights are established in accordance to the provision of Section 5 (2) (f),” said Rapelson.

He claimed the re-instatement of Section 5 (2) (f) as “any lawful method” gives the natives the exclusive rights to ‘pemakai menoa’ (ancestral boundary as defined by the Iban), ‘pi’muung’ (ancestral boundary as defined by the Bidayuh Singai), and ‘pulau galau’ (communal forest). 

“Consequently, with the re-instatement of Section 5 (2) (f), customary rights and ‘adat’ (customs) will have the force of law on the natives’ claim over ‘pemakai menoa’ and ‘pulau galau’ as NCR land,” he said. 

He was responding to the case of Tuai Rumah Nyutan Jami, Gangak Guma, and Langa Kama who had lost their NCR case against plantation companies TH Pelita Sadong Sdn Bhd, TH Pelita Gedong Sdn  Bhd, RHB Bank Islamic Berhad, and Land Custody and Development Authority (LCDA) and the state government.

“Tan Sri James Masing altogether with Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah must do something. Both of them are Dayak and holding Deputy Chief Minister posts in the Sarawak state goverment”, he said.

“If both of them are serious about protecting the (natives’) rights over NCR land, they should table a Bill to reinstate Section 5(2)(f) in the coming the state assembly. This should be a solution,” Rapelson said. — DayakDaily