Residents of Sungai Asap, Belaga Resettlement Scheme expressed unhappiness and disappointment over the non-payment of compensation promised to them for giving way to the construction of Bakun Dam.
HERE IT IS: Duren (left) and Lating show the official letter that will be sent to the Kapit Resident.
Where is money allocated for compensation for Dayak?
Now let us look at how the government is treating as Dayak. First they sweet talk Dayak and commit themselves to compensate Dayak for their land and heritage lost. Today the Dayak says the compensation is not completed yet.
The government spent money to pay Ting PK in the billions. What has TPK got to loose over Bakun? Is TPK a poor man and did the government relocate him? But TPK got all of the wealth and he is already a very rich man.
Then the Sarawak government agreed to buy Bakun back, for RM$7 billion. For that the government find money to pay for Bakun to Ministry of Finance but for the poor Dayak, the government do not have any to spare. The land around Belaga and Sg. Asap has been given out to Taib’s cronies ( KTS, WTK etc) and how do you think that the Dayak can survive in Sg. Asap with resources so limited and left out to be made poor by the government who talk about their great effort to help the poor people of Sarawak?
The Dayak YBs should demand for a white paper for the ‘relocation exercise’ due to Bakun dams. The government do not have a guide line on how dayak must be resettled due to dams.
The next dam is in Baram. Will the government repeat the same mistakes. it could as long as the government do not improve its delivery system and the brain of those in authority.
Isn’t it the rights of Dayak to sue the government for not keeping to their promised?
It is time for Change and Change WE Must. We are responsible for our own destiny.Dayak must pay for their longhouse
Leaving behind houses, farms, ancestral lands and other properties when they moved out of Hulu Balui in 1998, they claimed that each family was asked to pay RM50,000 for the longhouse unit, in which they stay now.
Dayak is waiting for their compensation money
Waiting for compensation payment which was promised to be between RM20,000 and RM50,000 per door was like hoping for something uncertain, they lamented.
The people’s disappointment was related by ‘Maren-Maren Uma’ (longhouse chiefs) of Sungai Asap Resettlement Scheme chairman Ellison Duren Lihan, who said they had been strong supporters of the government.
According to him, residents from 15 affected longhouses consisting of about 1,300 doors demanded that the compensation be paid with interest from the time they moved out.
They also did not agree that part of the compensation be used to pay for the new houses.
“We do not agree that our compensation be cut in order to pay for the houses in Sg Asap Resettlement scheme and it should be free,” he said.
The affected residents also requested that they be allocated land for agricultural purposes without charge.
Duren said that an official letter would be forwarded to the Kapit Resident soon.
The letter, he said, would be signed by 15 village chiefs including himself, representing Uma Bawang, Edok Maring (Uma Balui Liko), Lajang Nyipa (Uma Lahanan), Batang Langat (Uma Kedap), Datin Sri Debong Anyi (Uma Nyaving), Liah Japi (Uma Daro), Dun Imang (Uma Kulit), Ding Ajang (Uma Belor), Lating Abun (Uma Balui Ukap), Padan Bisau (Uma Bakah), Nyaban Kulleh (Uma Badeng), Minggu Magui (Uma Penan Talun), Donny Talik (Uma Juman), Huvat Laing (Uma Lesong) and Ngarik Lijap (Uma Ukit). -The Borneo Post.