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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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Court Hearing on Aug. 16th 2011 in Pictures by Numpang Suntai

My father, Suntai anak Bichu who claims to be over 100 years old, at least according to his Identity Card, never miss a single court hearing.  If they purged folks who are over hundred years from the electoral roll he would not be able to vote.  He said, "I doubt very if I am still alive for the next election, five years from now.  I voted for opposition all my life and never see my candidates ever win, after Daniel Tajem. But I voted with my conscience," he told me.

Some of the plantiffs.

Inside the chartered bus on their way to the Court House, across Sarawak River

Ungal Sanyam anak Daun et al, one of the plantiffs.

Three of the Sebangan Seven, TR Neli anak Nipa (Bajong Atas), TR Phillip anak Bakak (Tungkah), TR Sadon anak Ason (Ensika), with one of the plantiffs, TR Apat anak Hamba (Tungkah Dayak)

Yang Berhomat Baru Bian, one of the counsels for plantiffs.

Infront of the Court House

A visit from YB Baru Bian

My father infront of the Court House

Chartered bus to ferry Sebangan folks from SADIA to the Court House, across river 

Waiting patiently for court to be in session

Scopping rice from "upis" from outer layer of palm flowers, the way Iban used to carry their rice to work in the farm.

Unggal Ibrahim and his siblings always there to support my brother.

Duka the driver ferrying folks from Sebangan to Kuching

Making themselves comfortable, sitting down Iban style.

My father helping himself for a plate of rice.  He is so proud of wearing the Navy cap, USS Princton, that his naval officer grand-daughter gave him as a sovenier. 

The Court House was packed to capacity every day of the hearing.

It was a chance also to meet with friends

Helen and SN Voon sharing a plate on Court House lawn

Sanyam, one of the plantiffs with plate of rice

Taking it easy while waiting for court session to begin

Kampong ladies, you can take them out of the kampong but you cannot take their kampong, their land, their forests out of them.  May justice prevails.

When there is not enough chair, you simply sit down on the floor and make yourself comfortable, Iban style

The lucky ones who can find seats.


The brought their own lunch to the court house but come they must to hear the court proceedings.  This is also an historical moment for many Ibans, fighting in court against the richest and the most powerful people in Sarawak. 

My father, rain or shine, is ever present to support his son and Sebangan relatives.   

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