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Bidayuh villagers cry foul over land deal
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Sun, 11 Apr 2010 01:53

By Roselind Jarrow

KUCHING: The villagers of Kampung Stenggang in Bau believe they have been robed of their native customary rights land by the Land and Survey Department who leased it to a private company.

The land, of about 1,986 hectares, is within the vicinity of the village, inhabited mostly by Bidayuh, and the department has awarded provisional lease to the private company.

“This is an act of robbery and we are very angry upon learning of the news,” said village headman Motion Sodiep in a joint statement issued together with Carolus Joim Langis, the newly appointed chairman of a special task force to deal with the matter.

“We are furious because the Land and Survey director had given the land to the company without consulting us,” added Joim, pointing out that even the village head was not consulted.

They have lodged a complaint with several authorities, including the human rights commission Suhakam. They have also made a police report against the illegal encroachment of their land which they had cultivated for generations since 1920.

They said that department should have checked on the status of the land and the historical background by asking the community leaders and elders of the village.

They said the director of the department had “quietly” given away their land to the company via letter of award dated Nov 23, 2009.

“Such letter was never extended to the village headman or even the district officer," they said. “It was extended only to his officer, Superintendent of Lands and Surveys and to the ministry. "

Department officials could not be contacted for comment.

Posted on: 2010/4/14 10:12
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Re: Bidayuh villagers cry foul over land deal
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although that area is native land, that doest mean that land is belong to us automatically. documentation is important to prove that land belong to whom. even during british administration as what my grandparent have...tanah org islam status given by british to them

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Re: Bidayuh villagers cry foul over land deal
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that happened to Kampung Sungai Lumut and other kampung in Santubong area..that kampung already mark red and in future time will become Housing area or Ladang Sawit..huh...

Posted on: 2010/4/14 13:58
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