9 Dec 2010

Sarawak – Stolen At Gunpoint!

Sarawak – Stolen At Gunpoint!

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The logging worker is equipped with a home made gun

Sarawak Report can now present the proof behind widespread complaints that so-called ‘gangsters’ and ‘thugs’ are habitually used by logging companies to enforce the controversial licences handed to them in native lands by Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud.

We have been passed concrete video evidence from an incident last week that shows a logging company worker threatening village blockaders with a large gun.  The villagers from Geran Stumbin, Sri Aman say that the employee of the company Sentiasa Maju Sdn Bhd waved the gun and threatened that “the company has many gangsters they can deploy”.  It was a clear warning to the longhouse folk, who were trying to protect their hundred year old fruit and rubber trees.

This evidence confirms the numerous stories of such intimidation across Sarawak for years.  Tales of frightening gangsters, who do the dirty work for the logging companies and the BN Government of Taib Mahmud, can be heard in every community.  They range round the logging and palm oil concessions and their function is to intimidate the local people and stop their protests against the removal and destruction of their lands.  Now a worker for Sentiasa Maju is on record for threatening to “deploy” them against the Iban longhouse communities of Geran Stumbin.

Technology starts to shed light on dirty deeds in the jungle

Till now the indigenous land owners have nowhere to turn to for protection against the violent bullies.  Fear has stalked the state of Sarawak and protest has been regarded as extremely dangerous and hopeless.  Notoriously, the police turn a blind eye to the problem and rarely investigate complaints of intimidation.  This is because they know full well that ‘The Boss’ or ‘CEO of Sarawak’, as cronies call him, wants the natives off the land so he can ‘develop’ it.  The police chiefs are known to have cosy contacts with the rich logging company managers.

So sad - desperate blockades by natives are usually un-noticed and so is the violence against them

So, the natives have been helpless and without evidence for years.  Taib has been able to sit in his grand office in the Pelita Building in Kuching, sharing out their lands to his family and associates, while pretending that these are ‘joint partnerships’ with the locals for ‘progress and development’.  Yet, while he has mixed business with politics, his logging partners’ thugs have shut up any protests in the jungle by whatever means.

Our proof now raises questions about a number of cases of suspicious disappearances.  What did happen to the troublesome headman Kelsau Naan, a key blockade leader, who disappeared in October 2007 and was then was found dead in the jungle?  His family have always maintained he was murdered, but the case has never been satisfactorily investigated.

Likewise, what chance did the poverty-stricken native owners of the land have, trapped in their villages and without a voice?   This is why genuine progress and development has always been the LAST thing Taib has ever really wanted.  Only he, his family and a few selected logging tycoons and cronies have got rich from the proceeds of the Native Customary Rights Lands.

However, technology is changing the balance of power.  It is even starting to penetrate the shades of Sarawak’s fast receding jungle.  On this occasion one of the village people had a mobile phone with a recorder function.  The chip had a limited space and his recording of the incident soon cut out.  But the recording provides vivid and undeniable proof of the villagers’ story that criminal violence was threatened by the logging company.

What will the Chief of Police say about this incident when the lawyers of the office of the PKR opposition leader Baru Bian take this matter to court on behalf of the natives of Geran Stumbin?  So far the local police have taken note of the complaint by the villagers but as usual have done nothing further.  The gun-wielding criminal is still at large.

Finally the police arrive, but only because they want to interrogate not help!!

In fact the villagers have made numerous complaints about the encroachments on their lands to the police, but the only action that has been taken was when the company complained about about a missing key to one of their vehicles.  This brought the police to the village at last, but only to interrogate the locals about this event!

Presumably the logging company will now fire their worker and then pretend that this was an ‘isolated and unusual incident’.  In which case they had better pay him off well and intimidate him badly also, because otherwise Sarawak Report or a rival outlet will be chasing him for his story!

With evidence like this Taib cannot continue to maintain his facade of benign development.  It has always been theft –  and violent theft at that.  Taib will continue to ignore the growing clamour of complaints and pretend all is well.  But now everything is in the open.  He is being seen for what he is and he will be judged on the evidence that is at last finding it way out into the open and not the lies he has put out.

One final question to Taib Mahmud (for now)

"NO INFORMATION"

Taib Mahmud in his capacities as Chief Minister and Minister of Resources and Planning and also, of course, the active Chairman of the Land Custody and Development Authority (Pelita), was responsible for issuing the licence to Sentiasa Maju Sdn Bhd.

Yet the shareholders of this company remain a mystery.  Although the company was set up in 1980, just a few months before Taib took office, the company register announces that it is yet to receive any information about who owns it!

So on what judgement did Taib Mahmud come to the decision that this would be a suitable company for the Government of Sarawak to issue a Timber Licence to?  Does he know who it is or was it just one of those ‘business opportunities’ referred to in a recent interview by his side-kick Karim Hamza?  Given the growing evidence of staggeringly self-serving decisions in the handing out of licences, it is inevitable that many people will be left assuming that the company belongs to him.  Perhaps the Chief Minister could enlighten us and put such assumptions to rest?  Or must it remain yet another of Sarawak’s ‘State Secrets’ when it comes to the distribution of land?

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  • http://none Crying without tears

    Who are the timber workers? Indonesian workers..maybe YES as they have home made shot gun.

    Come you all USE YOUR BLOW PIPE; Shoot them. Gangsters, are yiu scared of them? No.Bring them here. Let us roast them,BBQ.Tit for TAT.Let's go,Violence.. NO we Dayaks are peace loving people but how long can we stand?

    • barbarik

      aiya…juz use a a black magic to kill dat who we called "gangster".Then roasted them and serve to dat "white pirate"..ha.ha..

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  • Rangers

    Yalah. Dont block them. Do the guerrilla style. Kasi sumpit sama dia. No need to talk so much. Wasting time. Ops.. we are peace loving and harmony Dayak…

    • Mohd.

      Correct….. ACTION FIRST….. TALK LATER….

      • http://none Raja Manggeng says..

        No peace without war-Communist era

        No war without bloodshed-Communist era

        No bloodshed without violence -13 May 1969

        What's next for Sarawak?

        We must go for DEMOCRACY and NOT Taib's CRAZY-CRACY or IRON fist Crazy cracy.

        WAKE UP DAYAKS FROM DEEP SLUMBER.May GOD gives us a strong leader and not followers like Jabu,Masing,Mawan,Peter Nansian,Manyin,Richard Riot,Dawos,Uggah.

        Father GOD please give us a strong dayak leader and allow one to surface

        in this moment of needs.In Jesus name..AMEN!!

  • monica

    maybe it takes another 53 years to

    change S'wak for the better. Change

    seems very slow. Did the oppositions

    move around actively as YET ???

  • lidar

    Help! Pirates are everywhere. They have even stolen the nominal Bumi status of the Peninsular natives.

  • Vigilante

    Will someone like Sarawak Report or DayakBaru write to the Chinese government to stop the RM11 billion loan to Taib in order to stop him building another 12 dams in Baram? Give them all the valid reasons such as causing ecological and environmental damage, the taking away of the natives’ NCR lands without compensation depriving them of their livelihood and causing them untold suffering, misery and hardship and etc

  • Strategist

    If you want to play your part, you can approach Pakatan Rakyat in Sarawak that you want to campaign for them in rural communities and longhouses once DUN is dissolved and election must be held 60 days later.

    If PR is under funded or short of funds, what they can do is to ask the public to donate by going door to door or shop to shop to defray the election expenses. Members of the public are ever prepared to contribute toward a good cause to fight the ongoing curruption of the ruling government since BN/PBB is cash rich.

    Alternatively, PR can also can set up an online portal to make it easier for online contribution.

    Nothing can please Sarawakians better than to see the thief and his gang toppled. First they come to us like beggars when they want us to vote for them and once elected, they treat us like dogs; they live luxuriously and steal our money. When they ride in government chauffeur driven Mercedes or Rolls Royce, the traffic police out riders escorting them just shoot through Red traffic light with their sirens bursting loudly so that motorists have to stop and give way. Only this morning, my car nearly got knocked by a traffic police motor cycle when a so called minister’s car was trying to jump queue and go through a RED traffic light. This is too much. Can’t they also wait for the light to turn green like everyone else?

    • ulat mulong

      Agree,the rural people do not waste time listening to the taib campaign for the next election.sarawakian have to sacrifice greatly inoder to topple taib otherwise if he wins, he will not step down cronies good lesson.we could no longer listen to his election's promises.He will name someone in his cabinet,a special anak emas menteri, is to keep his property if he retires.never trust what some people say who are trying to frightern the rakyat,"if taib is not the cm, sarawak will be suffering.what happen to indonesia without suharto now,politician come and go, there is always somebody who could rule this state.30 years,enough is enough,no more. lets forget the past and work together to save our land from this blood sucker.

  • Biau balai

    this is too much. just wait and see.once the dayak people rises who in the hell can stop them? back in the days the head gangster of miri got his head decapitated. we will rise.beware

    • ulat mulong

      dont be too arrogant,u cant work alone in power in this multiracial country.u cant find peace that way.the best is to serve the people not hipocrite like the present ruler. k dont be too emotional.

  • KARMA BELIVER

    I CAN FEEL IT,TAIB N HIS CRONIES WILL NOT LAST LONG.GOD IS GREAT.

    • Mohd.

      YOU THINK SO???????????

      • tokek

        yeaah…..i think so. Taib is too old to live another 5 years. Dont you think??

        • ulat mulong

          only god knows.

  • http://none Crying without tears

    MIRI POLICE OR FOOLISH,THE TRACTOR OPERATOR TOOK HIS INDON HOME MADE SHOT GUN AWAY,YES WHERE DO THE GANGSTERS COME FROM SIBU? BRING THEM TO THE PLACE AND SEE WHO ARE THE REAL GANGSTERS.?

    I LIKE TO HEAR WHAT THE LONG HOUSE FOLKS SAID IN THE YOUTUBE.

    MIRI POLICE GO AND CATCH THE TRACTOR OPERATOR AS HE HAS NO LICENCE TO CARRY ARMS.LOCK HIM UP.. YOU MIRI POLICE,ARE YOU SCARED?? CHICKEN OUT AND USELESS BUM

    • Mohd.

      Hello friend….. Can you do anything if your mouth is full and your hands is tied? surely not my friend.

      • ulat mulong

        how much can our old folk do far inland, now is the time that we work hand in hand, dont think of race anymore inorder that that leeches be buried.no time to wait.

  • Mohd.

    I think maybe the Law enforcer or the security enforcer should allow us the ordinary defenceless people to have a fair fight with those so-called Gangsters. Dont just arrest the ordinary people if they go against the timber company who employ gangsters-Lets have a fair fight like – Gun Draw in cowboy era?

  • Budu Community

    Nadai guna tuai dayak dalam BN. Arap ka kitai Iban udah encelah lalu anang takut ngenan ka tanah diri empu aja. Munyi ko jako AGI IDUP AGI NGELABAN. Vote for PR in the next GE.

  • headhunters

    God be with u all. God is your protector against the aggressor. Amen!!!

  • Tiarama

    The thief and his family have grabbed more than what the Shah of Iran, Marcos of Phillipines, and Suharto of Indonesia had taken combined.

  • tokek

    I bet, the Police are not taking any action against this. After a while the people will forget about it….poor iban.

  • remaongnyida

    If PR wins in next GE, please hunt the gangsters and the bosses behind this illegal group. Sarawak is rich and peace country and why gangsters should live here. Kill them.

  • anak kenyalangh

    Maybe this gangsters want another episod of Ulu Niah Incident.

    Hope all the long house folks is ready with their gun, blow pipe and parang ilang to face this Taib Gangsters.

  • bro

    We can't no more trust our gomen & police to solves this matter but we must get along shoulder to shoulder in term to fight for our RIGHTS. May God give us strenght to face those evil bastard.

  • najibrazak

    Taib. Have you been reading this? Naive you think? Dont make that mistake. This is the voice of the people whose blood you have been sucking too, too long. Dont think my police can protect you for ever from your crimes. They may soon be too busy protecting me from mine.

  • Saralara

    In the era of James Brooke, i think maybe these folks already cut off the head of this gangster.

  • Logging Gangsta

    Agi idup, agi ngelaban. Parang Irang. All nonsense lah. Mana ada berani itu iban. Betul macam itu helium-filled birthday ballons. Just full of hot air. Tiup sikit sudah melayang.

    • remaongnyida

      Logging gangsta,

      Who are you representing for? Are you one of the gangsters? If you are gangster, you must know how gangsters are operating in Sarawak. Cara gangster adalah cara PENGECUT dan mereka ni dijaga/dibayar oleh penyangak-penyangak/penghianat bangsa. PULIS pun bersekongkol dengan mereka. Adakah ini adil? Keturunan gangster adalah PEMALAS, PENCURI DAN MANUSIA YANG TERKUTUK DI BUMI INI.

    • http://none Crying without tears

      SO YOU WANT TO TRY US. WHERE SHALL WE MEET? TIME WILL TELL .PLEASE DON'T ANTAGONIZE US YOU COWARDS.

  • Christina S. Suntai

    Important annoucement: To all relatives in friends and Sarawak, particularly Sebangan and Sebuyau, Numpang Suntai is again being called by the Police to come to Serian on December 15, which is this coming Wednesday at 8:00 am.

    Please come to Serian in support of my brother Numpang Suntai. I am sick and tired of the harrassement from the Police while the illegal loggers go free and continue on logging in Ulu Sebangan.

    Please show your support to Numpang Suntai who is being summoned by the Police to come to the SERIAN Police Station, instead of Simunjan on Wednesday, December 15th 2010 at 8:00 AM. As far as I know, he is the only one of the Sebangan Seven that is being called!!!!

    Remember they were doing blockade against loggers, Quality Concrete Holdings to stop them from bulldozing their NCR lands and forests on October 15th 2010. On October 18th the logging Camp was burnt and the Sebangan Ibans who were detained by the Police. My brother Numpang Suntai and 6 others from Sebangan were detained by police because the loggers accused them of burning the logging camp.

    One of the logging company of Quality Concrete Holidings' owners is Taib Mahmud's sister, Raziah Mahmud. The logging company who destroyed people's farm, rubber and fruit trees and stole trees from NCR forest, go free!

    Is this justice? Is this how power is being used in Sarawak? Punished people who tried to hold on to their temuda and kampong galau while the land robbers and timber tycoons go free?

  • http://none Raja Manggeng says..

    THANK YOU CHRISTINA. IT IS SAD TO SAY THAT YOUR BROTHER HAS BEEN SINGLE OUT BY THE FOOLISH..OPS..POLICE.

    WE ALL PRAY THAT OUR GOOD LORD WILL TOUCH THE HEARTS AND BRAINS OF THESE WICKED PEOPLE THAT JUSTICE WILL PREVAIL.

    I AM CALLING THE WORLD TIMBER BUYERS NOT TO BU MALAYSIAN TROPICAL TIMBER HARVESTED ARE USING BRUTE FORCE,VIOLENCE,GANGSTERS AND DECEIT AS WELL AS CRONYISM.

    • Christina S. Suntai

      That was an error of reporting on my part.

      My brother, Numpang Suntai has been summoned by the Police to appear before the Magistrate Court in Serian on Wednesday, December 15th @ 8:00 AM.

      I plea for all brave friends and relatives, please show up at the Serian Magistrate Court in support of my brother. My brother is a good man who only wants to help our relatives holding on to our NCR lands and forests. He does not need to do this as he could have retired nicely as a former Shell employee, enjoying a care free and a very comfortable lifestyle.

      However, we just cannot watch and not do anything while the logging company bulldozed our fruit trees and farms, polluted our water supply and destroy our fish breeding grounds and the eventual extinction of all birds and animals due to the destruction of our NCR forest. We cannot simply ignore the wanton destruction of our land!

      I also am taking a risk by being outspoken and using my real name. I too do not need to this and like my brother, I too would have enjoyed a care free and comfortable lifestyle in the United States of America.

      But I always remember that "Evil persists when good people remain silent." We choose not to remain silent.

  • Smith Joh

    TO SARAWAK REPORT:

    WHY DONT YOU SEND ALL THE REPORT TO WIKILEAPS/NGO SO THAT WHOLE WORLD WILL KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING IN SARAWAK…

  • tsunami unleash

    LCDA actually mean Let Chase Dayaks Away. I did write about this years ago. Anyone? And we still vote for Bullshit & Nonsense (BN). Vote them out around. I will volunteer to campaign against Bullshit & Nonsense (BN) and Parti Bully Bumiputra (PBB), Parti Bully Bangsadayak (PBB). Bodoh punya Taib, Jobbo, Masin

  • http://penantongtana.com penan baram.

    Dear Heavenly Father, I praise You for all the things You have done for me, but I honor You, for Who You are, my Lord and King. May I always show respect for the whole family of God, as I know that is one way I can honor You. Help me to be sensitive and respectful to all people, no matter what position they hold. Lord, deliver Your people from all prejudice and disrespect for one another. May we obey Your Word that tells us to prefer and honor one another, as brothers and sisters in the Lord. May we also be especially kind toward those who are in occupations in the service sector and may we all serve one another. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen..

    we in baram and limbang want to start blockade against loggers again…maybe next year…we want loggers companys pay back what he take from our land…

  • http://none Burung Kenyalang say

    Where is the police? The tractor operator clearly has the gun.Does he possess the gun licence?

    Double standard by Police people or the Police dare not touch as it belongs to the PENYAGAK group. Actually the police on their monthly pay roll.You ask lorry drivers,logging trucks drivers..they will all tell you the same thing.

  • http://none Burung Kenyalang say

    Where is the police? The tractor operator clearly has the gun.Does he possess the gun licence?

    Double standard by Police people or the Police dare not touch as it belongs to the PENYANGAK group. Actually the police on their monthly pay roll.You ask lorry drivers,logging trucks drivers..they will all tell you the same thing.

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