Police report lodged against Felda subsidiary for allegedly demolishing farm, hut

Ng (seated on chair, centre) meeting with the villagers of Kpg Engsengai Ulu on Saturday (July 6, 2019) at the site where the villagers claim that their farms and farm huts were demolished.

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KUCHING, July 7: A resident of Kampung Engsengai Ulu has lodged a police report against a subsidiary company of Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) for demolishing her farm and farm hut recently.

The villager claimed that on July 4, her property consisting of 3,000 pineapple plants, 30 coconut trees, 10 rambutan trees, 10 mango trees, 10 engkala trees, five pinang trees, three meranti trees and a farm house were demolished by the company.

In her police statement, she further claimed that the farm hut costs RM50,000 while estimation of total damages to her crops has yet to be determined.

Meanwhile, according to the villagers’ legal advisor Dominique Ng who went to meet them yesterday, more than 100 villagers were affected.

Ng (right) giving advice to the villagers of Kpg Engsengai Ulu on Saturday (July 6, 2019).

He said the disputed land was actually the old location of Kpg Engsengai Ulu.

“We looked up the old map and in the map, Kpg Engsengai Ulu existed since 1965. It was quite an old settlement.

“The current location of Kpg Engsengai Ulu was further down Engsengai River. However, the villagers continue to go back to the old location to plant their crops.

“The villagers never left their old village location but call it ‘kawasan cari makan”,” he said. — DayakDaily