NGO urges natives to join Nov 13 NCR land protest

Rapelson Richard Hamit

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SIMUNJAN, Nov 1: Dayak Nation Insitute (DANI) urges the natives of Sarawak especially the Dayak community to join the protest on Nov 13 and at the same time support the rally held by Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (SADIA) at Kuching Water Front, opposite the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) Complex during the November DUN sitting.

DANI spokesman Rapelson Richard Hamit said Native Customary Rights (NCR) land cases affects not only the Dayak communities but also the Malay and Melanau communities as shown by land issues in Kampung Jemukan, Kampung Semera, Kampung Lubok Bunting and Kampung Gumphey.

“We held the rally before and submit the memorandum to the Chief Minister’s Office twice. The first time on Sept 9, 2015 and again Dec 10, 2015 in conjunction with World Human Rights Day.

“The memorandum was signed by various communities all over the state urging the state government of Sarawak to recognise Pemakai Menua (ancestral boundary) and Pulau Galau (native communal forest) and the memorandum was acknowledged by the Chief Minister’s Office even though there was no response, feedback or action taken by the late Chief Minister (Pehin Sri Adenan Satem),” said Rapelson in a press statement today.

He said the Dayak community was taken by surprise by the judgment on the cases involving TR Sandah and TR Nyutan where both lost their cases on the grounds that Pemakai Menua and Pulau Galau (PMPG) have “no force of law”.

Rapelson suggested that to solve PMPG issues, all that is needed is to re-instate Section 5(2)(f) to give force of law to NCR land in Sarawak.

“This can be done immediately by tabling a motion in the State Legislative Assembly.

“If the state government is not serious to re-instate Section 5(2)(f) in the coming State Legislative Assembly sitting (November), then the only option left is to change the current BN (Barisan Nasional) government to a new government.

“The judicial system is not relevant anymore where we won at both the High Court and Court of Appeal but lost at the Federal Court,” opined Rapelson. — DayakDaily