Bato Bagi Kalah:Tanah Dibawah Tasik Bakun Pun Milik Kerajaan Taib Juga

September 8, 2011

“Jangan kan tanah di atas dan pinggir tasik Bakun, tanah penduduk Naha Jalei yang telah ditenggelami oleh tasik Bakun pun milik Kerajaan Negeri Sarawak”- Belagakini.

Mahkamah bukan sahaja patut adil, malah patut kelihatan adil. Berpandukan keputusan Mahkamah Persekutuan hari ini, bolehkah mahkamah yang sama memutuskan juga bahawa orang Melayu juga tiada hak terhadap tanah rizab Melayu????

Kalau Orang Asal/Peribumi (Orang Ulu Naha Jalei) boleh dilucutkan hak terhadap tanah mereka. Bolehkah lagi mereka dipanggil Orang Asal???? Tentu tidak boleh. Jadi Orang Asal harus dipanggil apa???? Panggil saja Orang Utan…. jangan marah dan sokonglah BN lagi.

Mahkamah tolak rayuan kes tanah NCR
Sep 8, 11 4:23pm

Mahkamah Persekutuan hari ini mengenepikan rayuan yang dikemukakan oleh lima orang pemilik tanah adat (NCR) di Sarawak – satu keputusan yang akan memberi kesan kepada lebih 100 kes sama yang sedang didengar di mahkamah.

Panel dianggotai tiga orang hakim, dipengerusikan Ketua Hakim Negara Tun Zaki Azmi, membuat keputusan sebulat suara untuk mengenepikan kes yang dikemukakan itu.

Rayuan berkenaan adalah berhubung saman yang dikemukakan Bato Bagi dan lima orang perayu lain ke atas kerajaan Sarawak atas kehilangan tanah mereka yang kini ditenggelami air daripada projek empangan hidroelektrik Bakun.

Zaki yang akan bersara bermula Isnin depan, membuat keputusan itu bersama Ketua Hakim Sabah dan Sarawak, Tan Sri Richard Malanjum dan juga Hakim Mahkamah Persekutuan, Datuk Md Raus Sharif.

Bato yang begitu dikenali dengan kes berkenaan, tidak dapat mendengar keputusan hari kerana telah meninggal dunia dua bulan lalu.

Mahkamah Tinggi Sarawak pada 26 April 2008 mengetepikan permohonan saman Orang Asal berkenaan dan keputusan itu kemudiannya dikekalkan di Mahkamah Rayuan tahun lalu.

Keputusan hari ini pula dibuat susulan kepada keputusan Mahkamah Persekutuan pada 1 Mac lalu untuk membenarkan rayuan.

Heret “BN” Ke Mahkamah.

September 7, 2011
Jernih lagi air tuak yang diminum oleh 2YB ini daripada air paip Sg.Asap

Permanent Secretary kepada Maren Uma Balui Liko En. May Legiew ketika Majlis Perasmian Blok Baru dan Pejabat JKKK Uma Balui Liko (21.12.2008) yang lalu merayu kepada Yb Dato Joseph salang Gandum-YBDJS ( Timbalan Menteri Tenaga,Air dan Komunikasi) supaya memperbaiki mutu air paip di kawasan penempatan semula Bakun Sg.Asap. En.May dalam ucapannya mengatakan bahawa kadang- kala bekalan air paip di Sg.Asap amat tidak memuaskan iaitu berbau hapak,keruh dan berbuih. Tambah beliau lagi, gangguan terputus bekalan air paip kerap kali berlaku. Ini menjejaskan kehidupan penduduk  di Sg.Asap.

Namun YBDJS  dalam ucapan balasnya meminta supaya rakyat bersyukur. Kerana walaupun bekalan air kurang memuaskan namun ia tetap “Terawat”. Saya yang duduk kira-kira 10 meter dari pentas utama terkejut beruk mendengar jawapan daripada Timbalan Menteri berkenaan.

Sejak itu saya yakin bahawa pihak BN tidak akan buat apa-apa untuk memperbaiki mutu air si Sg.Asap melainkan rakyat  menolak mereka dalam pilihanraya. Ternyata telahan saya itu benar. Sehingga hari ini pun masih tiada apa-apa usaha dilakukan oleh pihak BN untuk memperbaiki mutu perkhidmatan air paip di Sg.Asap.

Maka hari ini tibalah masanya rakyat Sg.Asap bangkit dan mengheret “Mereka yang bertanggungjawab ke mahkamah”. Dalam isu air ini bebrapa perkara berikut perlu dilakukan.

1. Dapatkan pakar yang boleh mengesahkan kandungan bahan cemar/beracun yang terkandung didalam air paip kita.

2. Simpan bukti rawatan atau rekod perubatan yang mana anda telah terjejas ekoran meminum air paip di Sg.Asap.

3. Buat laporan polis berhubung kejadian keracunan atau masalah kesihatan diakibatkan oleh air paip yang tercemar.

4. Bentuk Jawatankuasa yang bertindak  khusus berkaitan isu air paip.

5. Dapatkan pasukan peguam untuk membela penduduk di mahkamah dan penduduk dinasihatkan supaya memberi kerjasama sepenuhnya (jangan hangat-hangat tahi ayam).

Gambar menunjukkan sample air paip Sg.Asap yang diambil dari bulan jan 2011 hingga julai 2011,secara konsisten menunjukkan mendapan yang amat menakutkan.

Anak dan anak buah saya “bermini Demo” membantah air paip yang kotor,bertoksik dan berbau busuk. Merekalah yang paling layak berdemo kerana merekalah yang paling banyak menerima kesan buruk.

Sebagai rakyat yang bertanggungjawab kita ada 4 langkah untuk menyelesaikan setiap masalah yang dihadapi, (1) Cuba selesaikan dengan cara dan kaedah sendiri dan kalau tak berjaya (2) Buat aduan dan minta bantuan ketua masyarakat atau YB. (3)Heret pihak terbabit ke mahkamah dan (4) Ajar mereka melalui peti undi.

Kaedah-kaedah ini boleh kita gunakan untuk menyelesaikan masalah-masalah;

1. Air Paip yang “membahayakan” kesihatan penduduk Sg.ASap.

2. Jalan Bintulu-Bakun yang Merbahaya (Saman kerajaan jika berlaku kemalangan diakibatkan keadaan jalan yang teruk)

3. Masalah 30,000 penduduk yang terjejas kerana penakungan empangan Bakun.

4. Rompakan Tanah NCR  yang berlaku dengan rakus.

5. Penyakit misteri atau meliodosis di Bakun (Boleh saman Sarawak Hidro dan Kerajaan negeri Sarawak  kerana kurang bertanggungjawab) dan banyak lagi..

Telah banyak aduan yang kita buat dan sekarang adalah masa untuk rakyat bertindak, heret mereka ke mahkamah atau gugurkan mereka dari tahta kuasa. Tiada gunanya kita memberi mereka kuasa jika tidak digunakan untuk membela rakyat. Kepada YBDJS  dan YB Dato Billy, saya nasihatkan “berehatlah” anda berdua telah cukup tua,telah cukup lama dalam kerajaan dan kepandaian pun kurang (keberanian pun kurang juga). Macam telefon dan komputer juga, sekarang ini banyak dah model-model yang baru, bukan saja baru malah cangih-mangih. Kalau tak bertukar kepada model baru nanti dilabel “ketinggalan zaman”.

Kepada pasukan peguam PKR,DAP dan PAS bermurah hatilah membantu penduduk. Buktikan dahulu bahawa anda boleh membantu penduduk Sarawak dan Belaga khasnya, walaupun belum diberi mandat oleh rakyat. Dengan komitmen yang bersungguh-sungguh yang anda tunjukkan, saya yakin suatu hari nanti rakyat pasti akan dapat menilai dengan tepat yang mana intan yang mana kaca, yang mana batu jet dan yang mata batu-bata. Betul tak….??????

“Gula-Gula PRU13″

September 4, 2011

Hari ini The Malaysian Insider melaporkan Kerajaan BN akan memperuntukan sehingga RM 2.5 juta (tunai) untuk satu-satu kawasan Parlimen bagi memancing sokongan rakyat menjelang PRU13. Dalam bahasa politik, ini adalah “Gula-Gula Pilihanraya”.

Susulan itu suka saya menasihatkan semua rakyat Malaysia yang bernaung di bawah Parlimen Hulu Rajang (DUN Belaga dan Baleh) supaya melalui JKKK masing-masing memohon apa-apa bantuan yang perlu dengan kadar segera.

Bagi penduduk Uma Nyaving Sg.Asap , sila memohon supaya jalan masuk menuju ke Gereja Roman Katolik, Gereja SIB, Uma Bungan dan jalan ke Tabika KEMAS di kampung kita di simenkan atau diturapkan. Juga sila mohon bantuan tambahan untuk membaik-pulih kedua-dua buah gereja di kampung kita yang sudah uzur. “Siapa cepat dia dapat”

Kedudukan Gereja RC,SIB, Uma Bungan dan Tabika KEMAS
Bagunan Gereja SIB yang Uzur
Bagunan Gereja RC yang Usang
Jalan menuju ke Gereja RC, Uma Bungan dan Tabika KEMAS
Bagunan Tabika KEMAS Uma Nyaving
Jalan yang dilalui oleh anak-anak kita ke Tabika.
Bumbung Gereja "Bocor"
Lantai Gereja hampir reput
Perlu diperbaiki segera
Telah diperbaiki dengan bajet sendiri.

Kepada para pengikut YB MP kita  (group PRS)yang terbaca laporan dalam Blog ini, sila ringankan tulang anda untuk memaklumkan kepada beliau. Datang sendiri buat penilaian anggaran kos binaan dan baik-pulih, dan buat kerja dengan segera. Itu barulah dinamakan berkhidmat untuk rakyat “Rakyat didahulukan, kerja disiapkan”. Tapi kalau dah tahu masalah rakyat dan buat-buat tak nampak. Jangan marah bila rakyat tak sokong anda bila tiba masa PRU13 nanti. KKK

“James Masing” Raja Orang Belaga?

September 3, 2011

Salam Merdeka, Salam Raya dan Selamat Hari Malaysia.

Salam sejahtera dan selamat pagi, pertama sekali saya memohon maaf kepada penjejak blog Belagakini kerana telah agak lama saya tidak memasukkan apa-apa “entry” terbaru. Kebelakangan ini saya agak sibuk dan berlanjutan pula memasuki cuti sekolah. Biasalah bila cuti sekolah saya dan isteri akan membawa anak-anak untuk melawat Atuk dan Nenek mereka di Kampung Sungai Asap.

Saya juga ingin mengucapkan selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri kepada semua penjenguk Blog ini yang beragama islam dan selamat hari merdeka ke-54 kepada penduduk Semenanjung Tanah Melayu (Malaya) yang telah merdeka pada 31 Ogos yang lepas. Kepada keseluruhan penduduk Malaysia saya “advance” kan selamat Hari Malaysia ke 48 yang bakal disambut pada 16 september nanti.

Pagi ini saya terbaca laporan yang PM Najib sedang bercuti di luar negara pada detik sejarah kemerdekaan “Malaya”, khabarnya Jet peribadi berlogo 1Malaysia berharga RM200 juta selamat mendarat di lapangan terbang Perth. Mewah sungguh percutian PM Najib. Pada ketika rakyat bawahan bimbang dengan belajawan harian mereka. PM Najib masih boleh bersantai-santai dengan Jet mewah Airbus A319-11X dengan nama panggilan “November Romeo 1″.

Saya dan keluarga balik bercuti dengan kereta Myvi buatan Malaysia, seperti biasa jalan Bintulu-Bakun masih seperti itu juga. Ada sedikit kerja-kerja membaik-pulih dilakukan. Tapi banyak lubang yang ditutup, malah semakin banyak pula yang ternganga. Kawasan yang paling kritikal di sekitar kedai makan Siang Ann Lai. Jika diperhatikan betul-betul, memang patut jalan tersebut rosak. kerana????

1. Digunakan secara optimum selama 24 sehari, 7 hari seminggu dan sepanjang tahun.

2. Lori Balak,lori sawit, lori besi buruk, lori Airmarine,lori plywood Shin Yang (semua lebih muatan) dan tak terkiralah kenderaan biasa.

3.Penerokaan tanah dan pencuri balak membawa jentera berat seperti “Lipan” dan “Piko” dan langsung terus berjalan di jalan raya. Kegiatan ini merosakkan permukaan jalan.

4. Jalan ini rosak sebagai melambangkan kekayaan hasil bumi Belaga, tapi hasilnya terus hanyut masuk ke kocek pemimpin BN.

Namun perlu saya tegaskan bahawa rakyat Belaga terbanyak menyokong kerajaan BN di Belaga. Maka selayaknyalah kita sama-sama merasa sengsara menerima corak pentadbiran rejim BN di Belaga.

Gangsterisme di Bakun???

Sebelum cuti sekolah bermula, heboh diperkatakan tentang kegiatan Gangsterisme di Bakun. Seorang ketua masyarakat datang bertemu dengan saya dan meminta saya mengusahakan supaya dapat mengusir keluar anasir tersebut. Namun setelah saya kaji dengan mendalam. Rupa-rupanya yang ada hanyalah “Kemsing Dung Taring” saja. Kata orang Kayan. Itu bukan samsing sebenar. Itu samsing olok-olok saja. Samsing yang sebenar adalah samsing yang untung ratusan juta ringgit. Mereka adalah Shin Yang, Rimbunan Hijau dan banyak lagi dan mereka ini memiliki wilayah yang tak boleh dimasukki berkeluasan ratusan ribu ekar.

Masalah di Bakun adalah ketidak sefahaman beberapa pihak dengan Wargana Consortium sdn.bhd. Wargana yang mengusahakan pembersihan tasik Bakun dan “Biomas” gagal melaksanakan tugasnya dan hanya membeli kayu-kayu balak yang “dibersihkan” dengan harga yang sangat murah. Maka datanglah pihak ketiga yang membeli dengan harga yang agak boleh tahan sikit. Jadi maka sakitlah hati si Wargana ini. Maka disorongnyalah beberapa orang ketua masyarakat untuk buat laporan. Maka kecohlahh!!!!.

Statement Orang Mabuk.

Bersempena dengan isu Bakun yang semakin panas hari demi hari, maka saya dapat kesan beberapa kenyataan para pemimpin PRS yang “Mabuk” menjelang PRU 13.

Seperti mana yang dilaporkan oleh Borneo Post pada 25.8.2011 yang lalu dengan tajuk “Penans all for Murum Dam”, James Masing sangat marah kepada Dr. Elli Luhat (Bakun Community Security Committee (BCSC)). Beberapa kenyataan Elli begitu membingitkan telinga Masing. Bermula dengan isu hantu bakun yang marah kerana tak dibayar pampasan, isu bayaran pampasan Kenyah-Murum yang disonglapkan dan isu pencemaran hasil penakungan Bakun.

James Masing meminta supaya para wartawan tidak lagi mengambil apa-apa kenyataan Elli, memandangkan Dr.Elli Luhat tidak tinggal di Bakun dan Belaga. Tambah Masing lagi, Elli tiada rumah di sg.Asap. Tapi apa asas Masing untuk sangat berkuasa di Belaga.??? Apakah bapa dan datuk Masing berasal dari Belaga??? Apakah kerana Masing beristerikan orang Belaga maka dia boleh jadi “Raja Belaga”???. Masing harus sedar diri sikit…kalau memperisterikan orang Belaga adalah sumber kuasa Masing di Belaga. Rasanya Dr.Elli lebih berkuasa lagi. Elli masih ada sanak saudara dan adik beradik yang tinggal di Belaga. Atau sekurang-kurangnya alamat di Kad pengenalan Elli masih alamat Belaga dan Beliau pengundi di Belaga.

Borneo Post juga melaporkan beberapa kenyataan orang-orang PRS yang mengatakan adanya 50 “Jelatong” di Tasik Bakun yang mampu mencemarkan alam sekitar, jika tidak dikawal. Apakah bandingan pemcemaran yang dilakukan oleh najis manusia di 50 Jelatong dengan kemusnahan alam sekitar seluas pulau Singapura???. Kenapa puak-puak PRS ini tak bersuara. Jutaan flora dan fauna ditenggelamkan di bawah tasik Bakun. Ada PRS mengecam tindakan ini.

Nampak sangat jelas PRS semakin sasau menjelang PRU13 ini. Paling terkini Masing mengumumkan bahawa kaum penan yang terlibat dengan empangan Murum akan memperoleh 15 hektar tanah sekeluarga. Saya bukan menghina kaum penan, jika dibandingkan kayan-kenyah dan penan. Rajin lagi Kayan-Kenyah yang tinggal di Sg.Asap, tapi kenapa mereka diberi 3 ekar sahaja???. Saya tak yakin yang pemimpin PRS kita ini bodoh. Tapi mereka telah jadi robot yang di control oleh CM Taib.

PRU13 semakin hampir, dari berita yang saya terima, YB Dato Billy akan digugurkan  dan digantikan dengan orang kuat Masing iaitu Wilson Ugak Kumbong. Khabarnya YB Billy tidak setuju dengan tindakan Masing ini dan mendakwa bahawa dia masih boleh menang. Jika ini benar-benar berlaku, maka ini mengesahkan bahawa James Masing bukan sahaja Presiden PRS tapi juga Raja Belaga.

Penans to get their wish

August 27, 2011


KUCHING: Upper Plieran, Danum forest reserves would be allocated for Penans’ resettlement.

The 347 Penan families affected by the construction of Murum hydroelectric (HEP) dam may get their wish to be relocated to the Upper Plieran and Upper Danum forest reserves said Land Development Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing yesterday.

He added that both forest reserves covering an area of about 10,000 hectares each were still primary forest where the Penans could carry on with their life
as food gatherers and hunters.

He said the Upper Plieran forest reserve would be allocated for the Penans from Long Merapa which has 39 households; Long Luar (52 households); Long Tangau (28 households)
and Long Singu (64 households).

While the Penans from Long Malin Penan which has 46 households; Long Malin Badeng Kenyah (35 households) and Long Wat (83 households) will be relocated to the Upper Danum forest reserve.

“The proposed areas where they will be relocated are their own choice,” Masing told the media at his residence here yesterday.

He added that the forest reserves could allow the older generation to continue with their traditional lifestyle.

“But on top of that, the affected families will also be allocated 15 hectares of land for agriculture needs for the younger generation,” explained Masing.

He admitted that there were some flaws in the government policies in past resettlement programmes for people affected by construction of dams.

As such he said the government had come up with a new proposal so that the affected people would be given better deals such as bigger land allocation and other basic amenities.

“We hoped that these proposals for the Penans in Murum will be accepted by the relevant authorities,” stressed Masing.

Masing who is an anthropologist by training has been roped in as the advisor for the Murum resettlement programme.

He had been involved in the Bakun HEP project which has started to produce electricity since August 6.

Masing said the relocation exercise was done in consultation with the Penan community.

“We take this approach as the Penans are a special breed of people in the eyes of the world.

But it doesn’t mean that we don’t know their lifestyle.

“That’s why it’s important for us to implement the new policy which will into take into account their unique lifestyle,” added Masing.

Murum HEP dam is about 70km upriver from Bakun HEP dam. It is now about 35 per cent completed.

The RM3.5 billion HEP dam has a generating capacity of 944 MW.

Works on the project started on October 1, 2008 and the impoundment is expected to be carried out by June next year.

The whole project is expected to be completed by end of 2013.

by Peter Sibon, reporters@theborneopost.com. Posted on August 27, 2011, Saturday

New dam, same old story

August 25, 2011

With folk uprooted for the Bakun and Batang Ai dams yet to benefit from the electricity produced by the projects, one wonders how long the 20,000 people now sacrificing their ancestral land for the Baram dam will get theirs.

I DON’T really relish the thought of seeing another gigantic dam being built after spending the past 15 years watching the Bakun dam develop from start to finish.

It was exactly 15 years ago in August 1996 that the first dynamite hole was drilled into a mountain slope along a bank of Balui River to blast off the construction of three river diversion tunnels through the mountains — the first phase of the Bakun dam project.

I remember the day well. I was in the first batch of media personnel invited by Ekran Bhd (the developer) to visit the site.

Some 30 reporters, photographers and television crew members endured an arduous journey up the Rajang River and through the Balui River to the site earmarked for the 210m main dam wall.

It was a 12-hour boat ride from Sibu via Belaga, Song and Kapit, and we had to shoot up the Pelagus rapids, which at that time was a raging one. In 1996, there was no road from Bintulu to Bakun. The road was completed much later.

I still remember seeing the then Ekran Bhd chairman Tan Sri Ting Pek Khiing smashing a bottle of champagne onto the hillslope after the blasting ceremony, an event witnessed by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who was then the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

During the ceremony, the VVIPs told the press that the project would deliver electricity to the rakyat and solve all their power woes.

They said the project would light up homes in urban and rural Sarawak and channel electricity via submarine cables across the South China Sea to the peninsula.

That was August 1996.

Since then, I have visited the dam eight times, the last in October last year when the flooding of the reservoir started with the damming of the diversion tunnels.

Today, Bakun has been completed, but sadly, the promise that rural folks would benefit from the electricity has not materialised.

The electricity is only for industries in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE). The project to cable electricity to the peninsula states was shelved due to high costs.

Power transmission lines from the dam run high over dozens of settlements along a 150km route from Bakun to Bintulu.

These settlements will not benefit from the electricity because they are not connected to the state grid. The dam is connected directly to the main grid and there is no power line connecting Bakun to the settlements.

I saw the same situation at the Batang Ai dam in Sri Aman Division in southern Sarawak where the settlements closest to the site were also without electricity supply.

As in Bakun, the transmission lines bypass them.

The electricity is only for the benefit of industrial users, residential estates, commercial centres and offices located hundreds or thousands of km away from the dams.

Those who were uprooted from their ancestral homes to make way for the dams do not benefit from the electricity.

Unfair, isn’t it?

Senior Iban leader Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing agrees that this should not be the case.

In interviews with The Star and a local newspaper, Masing admitted that locals in Bakun, the Sungai Asap resettlement scheme and Belaga district should also enjoy the 24-hour electricity from Bakun.

“These folk still use generator sets to produce a limited amount of electricity,” he said.

As a matter of social justice, Sarawak Energy Bhd and Sarawak Hidro (the Bakun dam manager) should supply electricity from the dam to these local folk whose lives had been affected by its construction.

Masing said he would try to ensure that the electricity be connected to Sungai Asap, where 15,000 relocated from the Bakun area now live.

He said he would also try to ensure that the rest of the 40,000 population now located in the surrounding settlements and Belaga town were also connected to Bakun to enjoy 24-hour power supply at cheaper rates.

This sounds nice, but in reality, it is easier said than done.

The Star has learnt that to draw electricity from the dam and the Sarawak main grid to the settlements from Bakun to Bintulu would cost more than RM60mil.

A lot of infrastructure work has to be put in place before this can happen. So far, no “volunteers” have come forward to offer the money.

When asked on this, Dr Masing admitted that Sarawak Energy and Sarawak Hidro had said that the move would be extremely costly.

“So far, no decision has been made as to whether the electricity from the Bakun dam will be connected to the settlements near Bakun or Belaga town.

“I hope it will be done for the sake of social justice for the Bakun folk,” he stressed.

I sincerely hope that Dr Masing’s wish will become a reality soon.

As it is, the harsh reality is that the Bakun dam, just like the Batang Ai dam, has not benefited the very people whose lives had been uprooted and ancestral land sacrificed for the dams.

The promise of jobs for locals also did not materialise. Even after 15 years, there is still a lot of unemployment in Sungai Asap and the number of jobs at the Bakun dam is limited.

The latest additions of hydro dams in Sarawak will be in Baram district in the interior of Miri division in northern Sarawak.

Three days ago, Baram MP Datuk Jacob Dungau Sagan announced the setting up of a government-appointed committee to handle resettlement and compensation issues of more than 20,000 folks from 25 longhouses who will be uprooted for the 1,000MW Baram dam in Long Kesseh, some 200km inland from Miri city.

It looks like there is no turning back — the Baram dam project is on.

Already, an access road to the dam site is being opened up.

The Baram dam will be half the size of the Bakun dam and cost RM7.3bil — about half the cost of the Bakun dam. But in terms of population of natives affected, it will eclipse the mighty Bakun dam.

In Bakun, an original population of about 10,000 were uprooted. In Baram, however, this will happen to at least 20,000 from 25 settlements.

Sagan, also the committee’s chairman, said that efforts would be made to ensure the local Baram folk benefit from the electricity from the dam.

The mistakes made at the Bakun and Batang Ai dams would not be repeated in Baram, he said.

I hope he is right.

By STEPHEN THEN (The Star Sarawak)

Prompt action against illegal loggers

August 24, 2011


KUCHING: Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) will re-activate its operation to stamp out illegal logging at the Bakun Dam catchment area following fresh reports of the illegal activities.

Second Minister of Planning and Resource Management Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan told the media yesterday that the operation would start immediately to curb the illegal loggers and gangsters who have been harassing the locals, harvesting logs illegally and hampering the daily collection of debris and floating logs in the lake.

Awang Tengah, who is also Minister of Public Utilities, added that the SFC had conducted a major operation against illegal logging from April till June this year, which resulted in the seizure of 500 logs and an illegal sawmill.

“The operation was stopped in the belief that the illegal activities would not happen again. However, SFC will activate the operation as soon as possible to address the illegal logging activities.

“We are grateful to all local community leaders who have highlighted the matter to us. To fight such illegal activities, cooperation from the people is very much needed. The government encourages the people to lodge reports so that immediate action could be taken,” he said at a press conference held at his office at Wisma Sumber Alam in Petra Jaya yesterday.

Awg Tengah also said that SFC had issued a licence for the collection of debris and floating logs within the 5km radius of the Bakun Dam to a company called Wargana Consortium Sdn Bhd formed by the local people themselves, for the period from July 15 this year till Jan 14, 2012.

It was reported in this paper yesterday that illegal loggers and gangsters had been conducting their activities at the Bakun Lake for the past 10 months. The presence of these outsiders had created fear among the locals looking for fish, wild animals and other jungle produce in the area.

Representatives of the Orang Ulu in Belaga led by Pemanca Tony Kulleh and Ajang Sirek expressed concern aboutthe possibility of untoward incidents happening between the local people and ‘rival business groups’ involved in the illegal logging activities.

Urging the government to act immediately, the leaders said that the groups had already brought in their heavy machineries, tugboats, speedboats and the likes. Many others are engaged in armed gangsterism for protection and to threaten others.

The residents are also complaining of log jams at the jetty near the dam site due to the illegal logging activities. They also complained that they were forced to sell the logs that they themselves fell to these gangsters.

by Geryl Ogilvy Ruekeith reporters@theborneopost.com. Posted on August 24, 2011, Wednesday

Illegal loggers protected by gangsters harvesting logs and creating fear for the past 10 months

August 23, 2011

They have brought in heavy machinery, tugboats, speedboats and longboats to the area. – Representative of Community leaders – Photo Edit by Roystein Emmor

BINTULU: Illegal loggers and gangsters have been harvesting logs illegally and with impunity at Bakun lake for the past 10 months, disturbing and hampering the daily collection of debrisin it.

The presence of these outsiders has created fear among locals looking for fish, wild animals and other jungle produce to make a living.

Representatives of the Orang Ulu in Belage led by Pemanca Umek Jeno, Pemanca Tony Kulleh and Pemanca Ajang Sirek expressed concern over the possibility of untoward incidents occurring among the local people or between rival business groups involved in this illegalactivity.

They urged the government to act immediately – through its enforcement and security agencies – against rampant illegal logging activities being carried out by these outsiders around the Bakun lake area.

“They have brought in heavy machinery, tugboats, speedboats and longboats to the area and some even engaged well-armed ‘gangsters’ for protection and to threaten others,” they said. Another complaint from local residents is logs from the illegal logging often cause log jams at the jetty near the dam site, said the leaders.

“We hope the authorities concerned will act fast and put a stop to this as it is not good for the district and can jeopardise the safety of residents involved in site clearing for fish-farming projects in the lake.

“Some locals who do the clearing for fish farming complain that they were forced to sell the logs they fell to these so-called Bakun gangsters.”

by Yunus Yussop, reporters@theborneopost.com. Posted on August 23, 2011, Tuesday

Floating houses dot Bakun- “Jelatong”

August 22, 2011


BELAGA: The sprouting of floating houses, known as “Jelatong”, in the reservoir of the massive Bakun hydroelectric dam should be treated as a cause for concern, said Hulu Rajang MP Datuk Billy Abit Joo recently.

CONCERN OVER JELATONG: The floating houses in Bakun lake.

He said the government should decide fast which authority should be responsible for the development of the lake because the uncontrolled mushrooming of the Jelatong could create a messy situation in the foreseeable future.

The water quality could also be affected as domestic waste and untreated sewerage built up, he cautioned.

Billy Abit said the problem was minute at the moment because the surface area of the lake of the world’s second tallest concrete rock-filled dam was about 695 sq km – about the size of the Republic of Singapore.

“I have voiced this issue a few times before.

“I think the government should identify which authority should look after the lake,” Billy Abit said when met at his longhouse in Uma Belor, Sungai Asap Resettlement, on Thursday.

A group, led by PRS Belaga Youth deputy chairman Danny Bungan, which visited the lake last week spotted more than 50 floating houses.

One of the group members, Kennedy Chuk Pai, revealed that the houses were owned by locals who were affected by the dam construction.

Some of them used the Jelatong for their weekend retreat or to rear ‘Baong’ (a catfish species), ‘Semah’and other indigenous species.

The enterprising ones have been bringing nature-loving tourists and fishing enthusiasts to the lake.

Billy Abit said certain guidelines and procedures should be crafted and the owners of the Jelatong must abide by it.

He noted that the body responsible for the RM7 billion dam, Sarawak Hidro Sdn Bhd, seemed to be concerned only about areas near the dam itself.

by Conny Banji. Posted on August 22, 2011, Monday (The Borneo Post)

Sembang Bersama Pak Cik Nyipa.

August 18, 2011

Dua hari lepas saya berpeluang duduk semeja dan menghabiskan masa 2 jam berbual-bual dengan Pak Cik Nyipa (Datuk Sri Temenggong Nyipa Batok). Sebenarnya saya tak menjangkakan beliau akan berada di majlis tersebut, jadi saya tak bawa kamera (tiada photo).

Beliau nampak sedikit keletihan, namun tetap bersemangat bercerita. Dalam masa dua jam itu beliau memonopoli hampir 80% isu dalam perbualan kami. Antara lain beliau menjelaskan kenapa beliau tidak betah tinggal di Belaga. Katanya udara di Belaga masih nyaman dan suhunya amat selesa, lebih-lebih lagi untuk orang tua seperti saya. Namun yang menjadi masalah ialah “Kemudahan Perubatan” . Beliau menambah “Saya tak boleh jauh dari hospital… kalau tinggal di Belaga susah nak sampai hospital”. Sebenarnya beliau merujuk kepada ketiadaan kemudahan hospital di Belaga.

Beliau juga berhasrat untuk melawat Penghulu Musa Talik yang kini telah dipindahkan ke wad perubatan biasa hospital Bintulu, setelah hampir sebulan terlantar di unit ICU Hospital Bintulu-ekoran diserang penyakit meliodosis. Sama-sama kita doakan agar Penghulu Musa cepat sembuh dan dapat berkhidmat semula untuk masyarakat Belaga.

Pak Cik Nyipa menceritakan beberapa minggu lalu beliau pergi berjumpa Ketua Pengarah Perikanan Malaysia. Beliau ingin mengetahui apakah program yang dirancang oleh kerajaan pusat untuk memajukan industri perikanan air tawar di Tasik Bakun. Menurut beliau, pihak kerajaan telah meluluskan sejumlah 274 juta untuk memajukan industri perikanan di Tasik Bakun. Namun wang tersebut masih belum boleh digunakan sebab masih belum dapat lampu hijau dari Tan Sri Jabu. Menurut ceritanya, TS Jabu masih menunggu hasil kajian kesesuaian Tasik Bakun sebagai tapak industri perikanan air tawar. Kajian tersebut memakan masa 5 tahun. (matilah kita orang Belaga… dan apa agenda TS Jabu sebenarnya???).

Pak Cik Nyipa juga ada menceritakan sedikit penglibatan beliau dalam Parti SUPP suatu ketika dahulu. Kata beliau, semasa mula-mula menjadi menteri dulu- DUN Sarawak mencadangkan supaya diperkenalkan cukai kepada pemilik anjing. Seekor anjing dikenakan cukai RM10. Namun beliau membantah kerana berpendapat Orang Ulu dan Orang Dayak keseluruhannya memiliki anjing yang banyak untuk tujuan memburu. DUN Sarawak memutuskan supaya satu survey dijalankan.

Semasa beliau melawat Long Bulan (Uma Bakah-ulu Bakun), beliau dan pegawai Daerah Belaga ketika itu En. Usak Baling, merakam beberapa foto penduduk yang memiliki anjing yang banyak. Satu foto yang dirakam sepasang suami isteri yang memiliki 27 ekor anjing- yang memenuhi perahu mereka dalam perjalanan pulang dari ladang padi. Kemudian foto tersebut beliau bawa ke mesyuarat Parti SUPP di Kuching. Parti SUPP kemudian memutuskan dan mencadangkan agar cukai hanyai perlu dikenakan kepada penternak anjing di kawasan pembandaran sahaja dan penduduk rumah panjang dikecualikan. Pak Cik Nyipa juga menambah semasa era beliau menjadi YB, beliau tidak pernah memberi apa-apa kontrak kepada kroninya kerana dibimbangi akan menjadi senjata politik pihak lawan.

Dalam pada itu Pak Cik Nyipa merungut kerana sejak beberapa bulan kebelakangan ini jenayah rompakan, pecah rumah dan ragut semakin menjadi jadi. Kata beliau perkara ini bukan sahaja berlaku di Bandaraya Kuching malah di Pondok Kebunya di Lembah Dangang kira-kira 20 minit dari empangan Bakun. Menurut beliau telah 3 kali pondok kebun beliau dipecah masuk dan banyak peralatan kebun dicuri, malah sampai “Tong Gas-LPG” juga dikebas. Seorang rakan yang turut sama dalam sembang kami menambah, semaian sawit beliau juga turut menjadi sasaran pencuri. Dalam skop yang lebih luas, bila kegawatan ekonomi menghimpit, mereka yang terjejas akan membuat apa saja untuk terus hidup. Jadi tak boleh juga salahkan mereka 100%.

Banyak lagi kisah dan peristiwa yang diceritakan oleh Pak Cik Nyipa, saya sempat berseloroh dan mencadangkan agar pengalaman hidup beliau dibukukan agar dapat dibaca dan dikaji oleh generasi akan datang. Pihak-pihak yang ada kemahiran dan kelulusan dalam bidang ini, silalah menawarkan diri untuk membukukan autobiografi Datuk Sri Nyipa Batok.


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