Residents of 4 villages lodge police report against Felcra for alleged unfair dividend distribution

George (second left) accompanies a group of villagers to lodge the police report at Padawan District Police Headquarters.

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KUCHING, July 13: Residents of four villages within the Tebedu Link Road have today lodged a police report against the Federal Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (Felcra) over mismanagement that led to alleged unfair distribution of dividends for the usage of their lands.

The villages involved are Kampung Bisira Rayang, Kampung Senah Rayang, Kampung Rudan and Kampung Stubot under the Puncak Borneo constituency.

The group’s spokesperson, Koria Saa of Kampung Bisirah and Christopher Donal of Kampung Stubot, who were accompanied by Habitat for Indigenous and Urban Programme (Hidup) chairman George Young Si Ricord Jr filed the police report over the matter at the Padawan District Police Headquarters, here today.

George said that the villagers claimed that they felt as if they were scammed by the Federal land agency in a venture that has been in place for nearly 26 years.

“The villagers are affected and aggrieved by the inaction of Felcra management following a face to face meeting on July 6, 2022.

“Due to the inaction and impasse by the management of Siburan Felcra, the villagers made this police report to enable investigations to be carried out by the police, and possibly legal action to be taken against the agency,” he explained in a statement today.

In line with Hidup’s objectives to assist in enhancing the lives of indigenous communities and urban poor, George emphasised that they will continue to raise public awareness on the plight and welfare of fellow Sarawakians who have been neglected or left behind as society progresses and prosper. — DayakDaily