Dayak should not leave land idle

Practise the customs to keep Adat, customary law, alive.


LETTER: The Dayak should avoid migrating to the towns and adding to the poverty in the shantytowns and squatter areas.

It’s a different matter if you have a degree, skills, capital or gov’t job. Jobs in the private sector don’t pay well.

Dayak especially in the suburbs can produce for the towns.

The bottomline is that don’t leave land idle. Practise the customs to keep Adat, customary law, alive.

Don’t depend on politicians, the gov’t and the court.

Keep stingless bees on the land, plant chillies, ginger, vanilla, coffee, orchids, greens if near town, fruit trees, use the land for fish ponds or turn into homestay etc etc

The Federal Court did not say, indeed cannot say, that Iban should stop practising the pemakai menoa and pulau galau customs.

It merely mentioned that PM and PG are not mentioned in the Sarawak Land Code.

So, the Federal Court ruled that Adat — customary law — has no force of law on PM and PG. It added that PM and PG were customs incidental to temuda, cultivated land.

No one said that PM and PG were not incidental to temuda.

So, what’s the point the Federal Court was trying to make? That the Sarawak Government can issue provisional leases (PL) to PM and PG to non-Dayak and non-Dayak companies?

Earlier, the High Court ruled — upheld by the Court of Appeal — that even if the state government declared PM and PG as state land, beneficial ownership of such land rested with the Natives.

The Federal Court did not interfere with the High Court ruling on beneficial ownership which was upheld by the Court of Appeal.

Non-Dayak and non-Dayak companies don’t have beneficial ownership of PM and PG. So, the state government cannot issue PL to such land to non-Dayak and non-Dayak companies.

Article 153 covers intake into the civil service, intake into institutions of higher learning owned by the government and training opportunities, scholarships and opportunities from the government to do business.

The Orang Asli in Malaya and the Orang Asal in Sabah and Sarawak have been denied Article 153 because the Malays have been included.

Umno has gone on to sapu bersih everything. This is a deviation and distortion of Article 153.

In fact, Malays should not be included under Article 153.

The Malays are not Orang Asal.

Article 153 should only be for the Orang Asal, including the Orang Asli in Malaya.



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