PBDS Baru backs call for Dayak community to keep calm over plantation assault

Bobby William

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KUCHING, Feb 21: Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) supports the call by local human rights activist Peter John Jaban warning the public especially the Dayak community not to create racial tension with regards to an incident that occurred at an oil palm plantation at Ladang 3, in Batu Niah, recently.

Its president Bobby William, said Peter, who is also a member of Malaysian Corruption Watch (MCW), has labeled the incident as an isolated case which stemmed from a misunderstanding between the parties involved.

“In this regard, he (Peter) advised the members of the public, especially the Dayak community, not to turn up to the court house tomorrow (Feb 22, 2021), in a big group as planned to take matters into their own hands.

“Please think of the health of yourself and abide by the standard operating procedure (SOP) as we are in pandemic Covid-19 (sic) as Miri is still in the red zone,” he said.

He noted that it is learned that various organisations have planned to turn up at the courthouse to give moral support.

On the same note, Bobby also said that MCW which is a registered organisation will closely monitor the case.

He disclosed MCW is set to report on the case to several interest groups such as the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam), Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram), Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (Sadia), Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), and other human rights organisations.

“Peter John Jaban, as the state representative for MCW who arrived here in Miri today, will come over to the court to conduct a watch over of the case, and to monitor how access to justice is protecting the people in the Borneo states,” he added. — DayakDaily