Sebangan is located in the State of Sarawak, Malaysia.

Numpang Suntai and 14 others, representing 276 Iban families from the 15 longhouse communities of Kampung Entanggor, Ensika, Lumut, Arus Dayak, Tongkah Dayak, Tongkah Dayak Lubuk Manta, Tongkah Dayak Atas, Tongkah Dayak Rumah Panjai, Lunying, Belimbing Besi, Ketimbong and Bajong Ili, Bajong Ili Atas, Bajong Ili Tengah, Bajong Ili Baruh, all situated at Sebangan, Simunjan, Sarawak, filed their civil suit at the Kuching High Court on November 1st, 2010.

This case was heard at Kuching High Court on August 8th though August 19th 2011. This civil court proceeding is far from over. It is to continue on November 8th through 11th, 2011 and will reconvene again on December 19 through December 23rd, 2011.

Named as defendants in the civil suit are Quality Concrete Sdn Bhd the timber concession holder, Loyal Billion Sdn Bhd the logging contractor, 2 government appointed community leaders Penghulu Merum anak Babu and Ketua Kampung Agu anak Kaleng, together with the Director of Foresty and the Sarawak State Government.

The Sebuyau and Sebangan Ibans still need your moral and financial support to fight against illegal loggers. Your contributions will pay for the legal expenses and the cost of transportation, lodging, and food for Sebangan villagers who will be attending the proceedings in Kuching.

We desperately need your support to save our NCR heritages and our prestine environment from further destruction. If we lost this case, we will lost our land and forest to timber tycoons and oil palm plantation owners. Losing this case is losing our life line, our means of survival. Without our land and forests, we the Dayaks, the natives of Borneo, we have nothing.

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Logging camp incident: DAP MP wants urgent debate in Dewan

Logging camp incident: DAP MP wants urgent debate in Dewan 
From Malaysian Mirror
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 18:29
ChonegChiengJen_dap1KUCHING - DAP MP for Kuching Chong Chieng Jen (picture) submitted an emergency motion to the Dewan Rakyat which called for a debate after the arrest of seven people including an activist in Sebangan, Semujan last week.

Chong told Malaysian Mirror that the Emergency Motion was submitted under Standing Order 18(1) which states that the issue concerned is in the public's interest.

On Oct 20, Nicholas Mujan and six others were arrested for allegedly setting up a fire in a timber camp in Sebuyau.

It was claimed that the fire had destroyed the timber camp and equipments worth over RM2 million.

Previously on Oct 15, Chong had also said that the group with other longhouse folk had set up a blockade in the area to stop the camp's operation in transporting timber logs.

The protestors have said that the timber camp had violated the Dayak's rights to their land as it was operating on land gazetted under Native Customary Rights.

The timber campsite belonging to Royal Billion Sdn Bhd was alleged be linked to Raziah Mahmud, sister of the Sarawak chief minister, whose role is said to be one of the non executive directors.

Chong alleged that the company had made millions of ringgits and each worker and his family received RM250 per month.

The seven people arrested have since been released on police bail for RM1000.

They are to report to the police station one month later after their release on Monday.

State CID chief, senior assistant commissioner of police, Huzir Mohd said the case is still under investigation and they would be charged for arson.

Police are currently waiting for the investigation and forensic report to be sent to the senior federal counsel before actions are taken.

Meanwhile, See Chee How, who is the lawyer representing all the seven people, has condemned the accusation as far-fetched.

See claimed that one of them was not in Semujan while the rest were at the roadblock which is four kilometres from the camp.

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