Sarawak will defend native customary land rights

Source: FMT News

Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg - Pic taken from FMT News

Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg – Pic taken from FMT News

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).

Asked to comment on Ba’kelalan state assemblyman Baru Bian’s statement that the Pemakai Menoa and Pulau Galau Committee should also comprise representatives of NGOs, Abang Johari said he was open to views on the issue.

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A blow to indigenous rights — Gurdial Singh Nijar

Source: The Sun Daily

BY GURDIAL SINGH NIJAR
(Deputy President, HAKAM)

A RECENT majority Federal Court decision dealt a fatal blow to the customary rights of indigenous peoples to freely access the forest for food, medicines and such like.

Such a right has existed since time immemorial as universally recognised. Indeed the immense contribution of traditional knowledge associated with the forest resources to modern medicine has been acknowledged by the World Health Organisation.

In the Bakun Dam case the Appeals Court pronounced that the forest provided the sustenance of life for indigenous peoples.

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11MP falls short in meeting Orang Asal overall needs, says economist

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Recognising the Native Customary Rights (NCR) of the Bumiputera in Sabah and Sarawak is one benefit of the 11th Malaysia Plan, but there is little else to help the various indigenous communities in the two states. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, June 27, 2015.

Recognising the Native Customary Rights (NCR) of the Bumiputera in Sabah and Sarawak is one benefit of the 11th Malaysia Plan, but there is little else to help the various indigenous communities in the two states. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, June 27, 2015.

The Orang Asal should have been given a national development blueprint of their own in the 11th Malaysia Plan said a Sarawakian economist, adding that piecemeal measures listed in the plan are inadequate for helping the community who are among the poorest Malaysians.

Assoc Prof Dr Madeline Berma said the lack of specific initiatives for Orang Asal communities in Peninsular and East Malaysia would hurt the 11MP’s aim of lifting the incomes of the Bottom 40% (B40) of households.

This is because a majority of Orang Asal communities in the Peninsular, Sabah and Sarawak are at the bottom of the B40, said Berma, an economist with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). Read more