No Cash to Fight Plantation Bullies Woodman

Wednesday 30 March, 2016

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Photo credit: Woodman website

On today’s show, we have what may be the final installment for the 12 longhouses in Kuala Tatau who saw their land grabbed by Samling-linked company, Woodman Plantations some 12 years ago. The company has been illegally planting oil palm ever since, abusing their planted forest licence, and paying nothing to the community whose land they have taken. Though, according to Lands & Survey records, the community owns nothing in the area, despite living there for over 11 generations! Yesterday, Garai tells us the community had a long awaited meeting with the CEO of Woodman Plantations, Tan Sri Lau Kiu Kiong. His generous offer? A measly compensation of RM2,000 per longhouse, and then RM300 per family. Will they fight? Garai sadly admits that the community is destitute and only 2 of the 12 longhouses have the will to go on. In Sarawak, justice is indeed open to all, just like the Hilton Hotel.

Yesterday, Awang Tengah proudly announced that 80% of Balai Ringin, in the second decade of the 21st Century, are finally connected to mains power. We speak to Brangka of Melikin who tells us that the posts have gone in and the wires are being laid as we speak but no electricity yet. So soon before an election? What a coincidence! Listen also to our Jako Kenang from Ayak Bujang Tuai on the deprivation seen in at least half of Kampung Kudei. How can this still be the case in resource rich Sarawak when YBs are driving Lamborghinis?

Our regular contributor Nicholas Bawin has just returned from Taiwan from a conference by the International Network of Indigenous Farmers. He tells us how the Taiwanese authorities are expressing worries about the standards in Sarawak timber practices, with some representatives even proposing to make a report to their parliament.

Money politics in Marudi, especially from Teras hopeful but BN incumbent, Sylvester Entri. He is threatening the voters with no BN win, no funding, once again. Tangeh of Long Teru tells us how for the last several terms, with a BN win, there has still been no funding. While Sylvester of Marudi sadly admits that many of his community are putting their trust in Teras. But it seems the only funding they are judging on is a sorry RM50 promised to be paid through their Tuai Rumah Wen. So far nothing has been received but the promise has been made. It sounds very like Tangeh’s tale!

We end with Tuai Rumah Jambai who made the headlines last year when he was forced off the road in central Miri by logging gangsters. He shares why he has turned away from BN after 16 years. With land issues like his, who can blame him?

Tune in for all this and more, plus our Borneo Bulletin.

Semoa kita tau bejako!

Awang Tengah ‘main wayang’ sebelum PRN

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Dalam rancangan hari ini, Radio Free Sarawak (RFS) memulakan temubual mengenai perkembangan di Tatau bersama Garai yang menjelaskan menjelaskan bahawa sebuah mesyuarat telah berlangsung di Pejabat Daerah Tatau dengan dihadiri semua pihak yang berkepentingan. Keputusannya CEO/ Taukey Woodman hanya setuju membayar “pelasi menoa” sebanyak RM2,000 untuk sebuah rumah panjang dimana maksudnya Woodman harus membayar RM24,000 kepada 12 rumah panjang yang terlibat. Disamping itu, difahamkan Woodman juga bersetuju membayar RM300 untuk sepintu bilik di 12 rumah panjang terbabit. Garai amat kecewa kerana Land Survey menyatakan semua tanah di kawasan sungai Anau, Tatau adalah tanah kerajaan atau state land dan kenyataan ini disokong oleh penghulu Sylvester Salang ak Ancak (penghulu kawasan terbabit).

Seterusnya, Brangka memberi pandangan beliau mengenai komen Awang Tengah Ali Hassan yang mengatakan hampir 80 peratus kawasan luar bandar telah dibangunkan dengan kemudahan air, elektrik dan jalan raya. Dapat bayangkan hampir 60 tahun, ia hanya dilakukan dalam masa yang panjang, jelas Brangka. Kenyataan Awang Tengah bermotifkan keinginan untuk menang dalam Pilihan Raya Negeri (PRN) yang berlangsung tidak lama lagi.

Kemudian, Bujang Ayak Tuai dalam Jaku Kenangnya memberikan perbezaan pembangunan terpilih ke atas Kampung Kudei Lama dan Baru. Amat menghairkan kenapa pembangunan terpilih dilakukan? Bukankah semua rakyat membayar cukai yang sama?

Selepas itu, Nicholas Bawin dalam Bahagian Pertama memberitahu kita bahawa banyak negara tidak sedar dimana banyak balak di Sarawak diambil dengan harga yang tinggi dimana komuniti Orang Asal kehilangan hak ke atas tanah dan mata pencarian mereka turut tertanggu.

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