This morning representatives from Rumah Ranggong and Rumah Belili, Ulu Niah erected a blockade against Niamas Istimewa Sdn. Bhd., a JV company involving BLD and SLDB which renegade on their promise to develop NCR land of the natives in Ulu Niah under Konsep Baru. See video here.
More updates: the natives have actually taken the company to court-with coming hearing dated on Jan 24th. They decided to set up the blockade because the proceeding in the court is too slow. The company has taken the land and sold to another one later-the Niamas Istimewa Sdn Bhd. There is oil palm planted on the land for years but the natives are not getting their dues under the Konsep Baru joint-ventures because the company keep claiming that they have not started to make profit. This is a common occurrence which give a bad name to the Konsep Baru schemes where the natives are given 30% equity in the joint venture operation. Many natives who operate their own oil palm plantations tend to see better return from their land than these joint-ventures.