KUCHING, Sept 14: Sarawak Workers Party (SWP) pledged to seek all avenues to fight for the longstanding Native Customary Rights (NCR) land issues.
Its president Munan Laja pointed out that the recent decision of the Federal Court on Tuai Rumah (TR) Sandah Tabau and Siew Libau case was devastating to the natives of Sarawak.
“It seems that the Dayak natives, who inherited the land from their forefathers, still cannot claim their rights over the NCR land despite the amendment of the Land Code last year, which supposed to give our NCR the force of law,” he said in a press release today.
“But now, the law has no force. NCR issues has dragged on for many years and we need urgent solutions to address this,” he stressed.
Munan also urged the government to ensure any amendments created will be fit for all.
“The fight for NCR land will not stop here. We will fight until it is lawfully ours. The decisions by Federal Court in not recognising NCR land will inspire the Dayak communities to unite stronger,” he emphasised.
Meanwhile, the long legal battle involving two tracts of land totalling nearly 18,000 ha in Kanowit-Ngemah had come to an end after four judges to one in the Putrajaya Federal Court ruled in favour of the Sarawak government, the provisional lease holder by dismissing the application on Sept 11, 2019.— DayakDaily