Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Sarawak Police Force Get their Hands Dirty In Helping the Timber Company Against the Penan

Wednesday, 23rd June 2010

The once proud, well-trained Sarawak police force are now mere lackeys of the timber companies, as events yesterday make only too obvious.

The Penan, who have been erecting peaceful jungle blockades in protest at the savage destruction of their hereditory lands, were yesterday confronted in Long Sebayang, Limbang by gun-waving policemen. They were acting on behalf of Lee Ling Timber, the other party to the dispute.

According to the respected Swiss Charity the Bruno Manser Foundation, the unprofessional, threatening and downright illegal episode came in the wake of an attack the previous day by a logging company employee on one of the Penan. The tribesman (and rightful owner of the land, according to Native Customary Rights recently upheld in the Federal Malay Court) had been viciously hit in the face.

However, instead of investigating that crime the police came to show their solidarity with the timber company. Such was their lack of impartiality and lack of professional pride that these officers even allowed themselves to be transported to the area by timber company lorries rather than their own vehicles. After shouting and threatening the Penan the police then stood by as the company officials threatened to come back again soon with ‘more gangsters’ – implying very accurately that these police had been the first gangsters!

The Penan have gained international respect because of their Ghandi-style passive resistance to the logging companies. But their problems reflect what has happened to hundreds of thousands of tribespeople across Sarawak, who have been turfed off their lands by greedy companies backed by Taib Mahmud and his cronies. Ask the Iban, Kayan and Kenya communities if they received any of the rich profits from timber or oil palm. Meanwhile, the Taibs’ foreign tower blocks are what Sarawak now has to show for what was once arguably the most magnificent tropical rainforest paradise in the world.

The Penan have been brutally treated by the invading timber companies. They are threatened by gangsters, their women have been systematically raped and their livelihoods removed. Yet the police have never investigated these appalling crimes, despite a huge volume of evidence from independent and official bodies.

It is possible that the men who turned up claiming to be police at Long Sebayang were in fact just gangsters themselves. If so where are the real police who should be sorting out such behaviour by timber companies?

These gangsters and the authorities too need to be mindful, because the world is moving on. Episodes like yesterday’s would once have remained hidden in dark and distant jungles, but these days such incidents, are reported within hours. Already news of this event is crossing the world and protests are being raised on an international level. How long can the reputation of Malaysia withstand such shocking behaviour in Sarawak?

Mupok Aku


Snowdan Lawan Remind Not to Be Misled the Iban in N25 Balai Ringin

Kampong Empaling, Sri Aman
Wednesday, 23rd June 2010

Congratulations YB but for What constributions?

The task of the Yang Berhormat (YB) other than to bring the development into his constituency, he too also needs to protect the interest of the people in the constituency from any inteference.
YB Snowdan Lawan has been the YB for N25-Balai Ringin for the first term or for the past four (4) years but without significant contributions to the contituency. Eventhough  without the constributions to his  contituency, on 5th June 2010 he was awarded with the Ahli Mangku Negara (AMN) title by the Yang DiPertuan Agong.
But probably the award was for his contribution to the Dayak Music Industry. Snowdan so far has seen more successful doing his job as an Anugerah Musik Dayak (AMD) chairman than doing his task as a YB for N25-Balai Ringin. N25-Balai Ringin which he has been representing for about five (5)  years, is known as one of the most less developed constuencies in  Malaysia.
In 2004, the people of the four longhouses under his constituency namely Rh Bugak Ubah, Rh Jawan Tekuyong, Rh Ngulu Empaling and Rh Stephen Isu, signed an agreement with Tetangga Akrab Pantu to develop their NCR lands. The NCR lands which were mostly planted with the rubber tress were cleared and the timber from these NCR lands were sold by Tetangga Akrab without any compensation to the land owners.
Since the signing of the JV with Tetangga Akrab until it was sold to Kim Loong Resources Sdn. Bhd in late 2009,  the land owners were only paid with the Advance Divident amounting to less than RM 200.00 per hectare per year. The latest presentation of the Advance Divident to the land participants was held on 22nd May 2010 at the company office in Tekuyong.

Hey YB....Stop Mislead the People that had Put you on the YBs Chair.....

The Advance Divident payment was officiated by YB Snowdan Lawan,  where 460 participants recieved Advance Divident totalling RM 118,397, far below the amount of income that they could get if their NCR lands were not cleared for the JV. During the presentation of cheque ceremony, YB Snowdan Lawan advised the participants to bank in or invest their monies in the Amanah Saham Nasional. What a joke.....
Being the participants in the JV  myself , where I surrendered my 2 hectares of land which I enherited from my late father, I did not go to collect the divident as the petrol and subsitence cost to make that journey  will exceed the amount of advanve divedent that I will get. Based on previous experiences with two hectares of land that I have, I was only paid with RM 120 per six months or equivalent to RM 20 per months advance divident. What sort of JV is this? Obviously it was not enough for daily expenses what to say for investment or  for saving in the bank. That two hectares of land which were planted with rubber trees before the JV, with existing rubber price, easily I can make an income of RM 2000 per month.
For what had happened to our land and the indirect loss incurred to us as a result of the JV, I am blamming all of these YBs and the ex-YB below:-

(1) YB Snowdan Lawan
(2) YB Mong Dagang
(3) Ex-YB Jimmy Donald

The above YB should be held responssible for  misled us to sign the JV with Tetangga Akrab and Pelita.

To conclude, I hope Snowdan Lawan will do these two things to the voters in N25-Balai Ringin before the next State Election:-

(1) In the whole of Malaysia, N25-Balai Ringin is the most less developed constituency. BN must bring the development which is capable to uplift the living standard of the people in thev constituency such as the project like "one longhouse with one products". Do not mislead the people with roof zinc, 'anak ayam" and the MRP Grant. Cleaned water, electricity and tar sealed road is a must things for every longhouses, and should not be considered as a development.

(2) The top PRS/BN failure in N25- Balai Ringin, is an Oil Palm JV Project where the NCR lands planted with rubber trees were surrendered to PELITA and Tetangga Akrab/Kim Loong Resources. You must help the land owners to get back their lands from the company. The JV is a failure since it cannot pay the land owners atleast RM 800/month per hectares.

Fulfilling the above two items may not guarantee the PRS/BN to win the seat in the coming state election, but without doing it, you'll be remembered as the most unsuccessfull Iban's YB with Agong's award throughout Sarawak history.

Mupok Aku

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