DNC Press Release:


WHY BLAME BARU BIAN ON PERIMETER SURVEY FUNDS?
[8.11.2018]

We note in jest the statement issued by a political secretary to the Chief Minister in accusing Baru Bian for not sourcing for funds to help in perimeter survey.
We fully subscribe and support YB Baru Bian’s statement in saying that recognising NCR land is more important than surveying lands under section 6 for communal reserve.
What this political secretary said is totally reek with arrogance and ignorance. It also lacks moral and legal basis.

Land is a state matter under the State List of Schedule Nine of the Federal Constitution which makes it the legal and constitutional responsibility of the State Government to survey and issue titles to the Natives over their NCR lands.

We would like to remind the State Government not to play too much politics with regards to the people’s welfare. If the State Government is fully committed to its autonomy pledge for Sarawak, this is the matter that it has to show the people that it can deliver to the people what it pledged to do. It is way off its pledge to blame Baru Bian who is not even the Minister responsible for land matter in the Federal Cabinet.

The State Government has already failed in its promised to recognise PMPG as demanded by the Dayak community in consequence of the TR Sandah case. Instead they give something else which is not even NCR land. Its just like people are asking for fish, you give them snake and people ask for bread, you give them stone.

It is totally flabbergasting for people like Susan to promote perimeter survey under section 6 when the end result is turning NCR lands into state lands! The Court of Appeal in the case of Sagau Batu Bala V Zahara Mustapha ruled that lands reserved under Section 6 are state lands; NOT NCR LAND.

I would like to remind her that she is a government servant and her salary is paid by the people of Sarawak; not by political parties.
Since she said that section 6 is a big step to the issue of title under section 18, it shows that she is ignorant about the mechanism of the Land Code. Titles are issued under section 18 pursuant to Settlement Operation under Part V of the Land Code.
The purpose of Section 6 is to empower the State Government to give lands to landless natives. The State Government can only give state land; not NCR lands (which are already owned by the Natives).

Perhaps Susan needs to go back to law school and learn more about the Land Code, Cap. 81.
There have been so many broken promises of economic empowerment by the pervious BN government [now GPS] on NCR land. What the natives got in return is hundreds of cases in the courts with the NCR land developers. We have not heard of natives becoming wealthy through those schemes. Those how got rich are the developers but not the native landowners. Don’t ever forget that many of our Natives have been arrested, assaulted and died in their fight for their NCR lands. Where are the people like Susan who now wants to be a heroine?
It looks like the GPS government is just BN 2.0 rather than a new entity as it claims to be. It is more interested in just playing politics than serving the people. How can the BN/GPS government that has ruled Sarawak for 55 donkey years look at itself in the mirror and compare its failure to the PH Government that only came to power 6 months ago?
Our final reminder to the GPS Government is, the people are watching and are anxious for change of power in Petrajaya.

Challenging Baru to prove his mettle in the fight for NCR is childish to say the least and is just like a school boy telling a Professor to prove expertise in his field of study! I would like to advise Susan who seems new in politics go to and help the people fight for their NCR lands instead of telling YB Baru of what to do.

We have not forgotten our PMPG that has been written off by the GPS government pursuant to the Land Code Amendment Ordinance 2018. The people are now smart enough. We only choose a government that works for the people, not a government that serves only the interest of the elite group. 

Paul Raja
President
Dayak National Congress.
8.11.2018

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