‘Nov 13 NCR rally for community, not political parties’

Peter John Jaban

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KUCHING, Nov 11: The Nov 13 NCR Rally will be a community event and it is the hope of Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (SADIA) that political parties will not hijack it.

Human rights activists John Peter Jaban who is helping to organise the rally stressed that the aim of the rally is to demand recognition of native customary rights (NCR) and the return of the land under NCR to affected landowners.

As the rally is a community event, he said there will be no logo or emblem of any associations or political parties.

“We will only carry banners or placards with wording and slogans. There will be no logo and emblem. There will be no slandering.

“No one is to be allowed to bring flags of parties or associations. It is to be a community event. It has nothing to do with any political parties,” he stressed.

He explained that SADIA is the main organiser which has been given permits by the police to hold two simultaneous community gatherings at two different venues.

One gathering will be held at the new Courthouse at Petra Jaya and the other one, at Kuching Waterfront, near the old Courthouse.

Both gatherings will start at 9am and end at 2pm.

“There will be a ‘miring’ (Iban ceremony) at 9am at Kuching Waterfront. Then we will have six speakers talking to the participants.

“Similarly, six speakers will be sharing their views at the new Courthouse. However, there will be no ‘miring’ there,” he told DayakDaily today.

He said the gatherings will culminate with 12 indigenous chiefs and headmen submitting a memorandum to Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, who is also Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development.

The rally was organised following significant incidences of Dayak landowners losing landmark cases in the Federal Court. — DayakDaily