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Archive for August 25th, 2010

The long gas pipelines run into blockades in NCR lands encroached by it.

From our last video report on blockade against the sabah Sarawak gas Pipeline project the blockade has spread to wider areas -to Baram and Long Nyaki, according to a report below. Watch out here for more updates.

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August 25, 2010

Cut-price sale of Kuching land to Taib’s children

By Aidila Razak

A company owned by Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s children has obtained land in Kuching at a very low price, causing the state to lose at least RM300 million in potential revenue.

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PKR Chief Baru Bian criticised BN politician’s condition to survey the NCR land-see 2nd report below:

Penduduk mahu tanah disukat perlu jumpa wakil rakyat k’jaan
August 25, 2010, Wednesday(Utusan Borneo)

SIMUNJAN: Penduduk kampung di luar bandar yang mahu tanah-tanah mereka disukat perluberjumpa atau meminta bantuan daripada wakil rakyat pihak kerajaan Barisan Nasional (BN).

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Carbon offset schemes elsewhere had caused many problems -eg the forests used for the offset scheme could be originally intended for conservation anyway-thus there is no increase in conserved forests. How do Sarawak intend to identify what are the forests which really add to the conservation  but not simply put forward for the carbon offset scheme? before there is a solution a scheme is already agreed …Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia has a statement below.

State keen to adopt carbon offset scheme

by Geryl Ogilvy Ruekeith

August 19, 2010, Thursday(Borneo Post)

KUCHING: The state is interested to adopt the ‘Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation’ (REDD) initiative as part of its sustainable forest conservation programme.

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Minister: New devt model to benefit NCR land owners

August 20, 2010, Friday(Borneo Post)

KUCHING: The Ministry of Land Development will come up with a new mechanism to develop Native Customary Rights (NCR) land to bring greater benefits to its owners.

Minister of Land Development Dato Sri Dr James Jemut Masing said NCR land totalled some 1.5 million hectares in the state but the majority of its owners remained poor.

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Penans in Murum want their say in Murum’s development-see statement after news:

Govt to alienate 24,000 hectares for Penans

August 20, 2010, Friday(Borneo post)

KUCHING: The government will alienate some 24,000 hectares of land in upper Murum for the Penans, revealed Land Development Minister Dato Sri Dr James Jemut Masing.

He said the land would be alienated for the Penans even after the Murum hydroelectric power (HEP) Dam is completed.

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‘Take stern action against educationists who stir unrest’

by Mary Francis
August 22, 2010, Sunday

MIRI: Educationists who create disunity and racial tensions should be slapped with “exemplary action” to ensure that similar incidents would not recur in future.Sarawak Teachers’ Union (STU) president William Ghani Bina said firm action need to be taken because educationists were supposed to unite the people of different races and not to hurl derogatory remarks which could spark social unrest.

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Compensation not enough, say affected villagers

August 22, 2010, Sunday(Borneo post)

KUCHING: Many villagers from Kampung Taba Sait, which is affected by the Bengoh Dam project, are reluctant to move to the new resettlement area despite the compensation of a free house and plot of land for each family to farm.

TO BE SUBMERGED: Kampung Taba Sait.TO BE SUBMERGED: Kampung Taba Sait.

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Go into the interior to help Penans – Doctor

August 24, 2010, Tuesday(Borneo Post)

KUCHING: There are no better ways to provide is health care to the Penans than go into the interior to give them as much medical treatment as possible.The old-fashioned method of going to the interior only to give standard medical check-up and then give the Penans appointment dates at hospitals and clinics down town for follow ups is not effective.

A medical doctor, who only wished to be identified as ‘Dr Lim’ said the Penans were not rich and getting to town was a difficult undertaking.

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It is good that those in authority respond to reports of problems in their areas of jurisdiction-read for yourself the original report-and the response below.

‘Lawas not lawless as claimed by news portal’

August 24, 2010, Tuesday

MIRI: Lawas is not a lawless cowboy town but a booming district and a safe destination for tourists and visitors. Lawas OCPD DSP Anthony Abell yesterday refuted claims by a news portal that Lawas was a lawless district.“It is a damaging report as police here conduct raids and operations regularly to curb crime and other related cases including drugs,” Anthony said to The Borneo Post when contacted in Lawas yesterday. According to Anthony, it is baseless for this news portal to say the authority is not taking any action against crime because the police there have statistics and reports of arrests of individuals and people involved in crime and drugs. As a law enforcement officer, he said, the situation in Lawas was normal and under control and it was not right for other people to tarnish the image of the district and the people there.

The news portal had reportedly said that the police have come under intense scrutiny in Lawas.

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