Sunday, 20th February 2011
SARIKEI, 14 Feb 2011: Minggat anak Nyakin, who has a parcel of NCR land at Sungai Rotan and Sungai Penyaru Kuba (Kiba) Sarikei, found out the hard and painful way that standing up for his rights is no easy task and could cost him his life.
Lying in Sarekei Hospital after being viciously attacked while checking on alleged illegal logging activity on his NCR land, Mingat has to now deal with being under police remand for trespassing.
Said Ngumbang Anak Barau of the Tahabas (native landowners Network): “Not only was he (Mingat) badly beaten up, he was also arrested by the police.
“Mingat and his son Juan went to their land to check on illegal logging. When they found out there was still logging going on, they tried to talk to the manager but instead were attacked.”
Helpless Minggat Lying in a Hospital in Sarikei....
According to Ngumbang, the incident occurred on Feb 14.
In December 2010, Mingat reported alleged illegal logging over his land to the police, the Land and Survey Department as well as the Public Works Department and called for an investigation.
On the day of the incident, Mingat and Juan had decided to check on the situation. Upon finding continued logging activity, they decided to drop in at the log-pond and tried negotiating for compensation with its manager.
Iban nowadays has been perceived by others as coward, weak and disunited who can be easily robbed of NCR lands. If Indian has HINDRAF and Malay with PERKASA why can't we form-up a radical movement that will defend our rights such as the NCR lands and other rights that we are entitled to under the constitution....Bukittunggal
The negotiation went sour and before Minggat and his son could leave the office building, they were attacked viciously at its footsteps.
Iban should not just keep quiet when our people being robbed of their NCR Lands. Let's Unite under one umbrella and chase those NCR robbers from our land!
This article was originally published in Free Malaysia Today on 19 February 2011