LUNDU: Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg has given his assurance that the state government will continue to defend native customary rights (NCR) land.
He said this when reading the Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) manifesto for the Tanjong Datu state by-election at its launch here today.
At a media conference later, Abang Johari, who replaced the late Adenan Satem as the new chief minister 28 days ago, said the state government would study in depth the land issues related to pemakai menoa (territorial domain) and pulau galau (communal forest reserve).
Baru lauded the setting up of the committee as good news for Sarawak Bumiputera communities.
About one week prior to his death, Adenan said he was willing to listen and consult with all communities on resolving the pemakai menoa and pulau galau land issue.
Last December, the Federal Court ruled that pemakai menoa and pulau galau land was a custom and practice but they were not enshrined in the law.
In the judgement, the highest court allowed the appeal by the Sarawak state government and set aside the High Court’s ruling that recognised the pemakai menoa and pulau galau as NCR land in Sarawak.