Kuching Sarawak East Malaysia:
. 9th December 2008. Kuching High Court ” David Wong” today delivered a pre- Christmas gift to the Iban Native’s communities of Kampong Sungai Raya, kampung Temiang, Kampung Keniong and KampongTebun Simunjan, Kota Samarahan.
In his Chamber decision to a suit filed by a reforestation cum Oil Palm plantation Company ” Rejang Heigh sdn bhd” a sister company of giant Rimbunan Hujau to apply for injunction to stop the native from putting blockade to their work within their lease which is claimed by the native as their Native customary land.
The Iban native are determined to fight all out to defend their ancestral land no matter if it mean they have to sleep days in the police lock up( indeed four leaders were arrested on 24th October 2008).
It was very cool and cloudy surround the court house, there came their lawyer “Dominique Ng” with a smiling face out from the chamber with his right thumb up (mean good news).
There on the court entrance over it corridor he was immediately surrounded by his client “the poor rural Native” what transpired in between the 6 eyes of the Honourable judge, the company’s lawyers and himself.
Lawyer Dominique Ng told that the judge had thrown out the company’s application for injunction against the Iban native from Simunjan, further the court had told the learned parties that the Iban native had been proven to have the element of Native customary right over land with legal proof provided therein. however the written judgement will only be delivered 9th January 2008.
So upon the last word from Dominique the Iban native shouted in happiness that got the attention of every one including journalists and police men. One elders Tuai Rumah ajen anak Wen was seen singing Christmas song and followered by all others. So it really a Happy Christmas Gift.
There was no mention of fixed date for the trial proper yet.
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