FMT Reporters | January 25, 2017
Deputy Chief Minister Douglas Uggah Embas says he will meet Abang Johari in the next few days to discuss the matter raised by the Dayak community.
KUCHING: New Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg and his deputy Douglas Uggah Embas will discuss matters concerning native customary rights (NCR) land in the next few days.
Abang Johari had told reporters after chairing a PBB supreme council meeting on Saturday that former chief minister Adenan Satem’s last words to him and Uggah were to look after the state and to settle the NCR land problem.
Uggah had earlier been tasked by Adenan to work on resolving the NCR land issue.
Asked about this yesterday, Uggah said he would discuss with Abang Johari how to proceed on the matter.
“We had some discussion yesterday (Monday) and within these few days I will discuss it with Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari.
“I will then let you know what the next step is,” The Borneo Post quoted Uggah as saying after visiting the Swee Kee Marine Sdn Bhd ice and fish landing facility in Muara Tebas yesterday.
The report said Uggah replied in the negative when asked if he had received any memorandum concerning NCR issues, particularly on “pemakai menua” (territorial domain) and “pulau galau” (communal forest reserve).
Several groups have been holding meetings and forums to discuss this issue and making calls on the Sarawak government to resolve it.
Before his death on Jan 11, Adenan had said he wanted to meet Dayak leaders to resolve the NCR land issue, particularly that over “pemakai menua” and “pulau galau”.
A Federal Court ruling on Dec 19 last year that both “pemakai menua” and “pulau galau” had no force of law in Sarawak caused an uproar among the Dayak community and politicians began making various calls for action.
~ Free Malaysia Today