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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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Destruction of Sebangan Rainforest by Quality Concrete Holdings

View taken from the summit of Jungor Bintong Hilll towards Selabu at Ulu Sebangan. The logging road is on the cultuivated NCR lands of the Iban from Kampong Tungkah Dayak. A number of the land owners did not give consent to Qaulity Concrete but the destruction and timber extraction continues.   Sebangan rivers is at the foot of this mountain

One of the land owners, Mr. Minchong anak Kana on his Native Customary Rights Land. He is seen standing on the tree stump which was logged by Quality Concrete Holdings Bhd. He did not give permission nor received any compensation or "Sagu Ati" to the encroachment and the extraction of logs from his land

Some of the logs extracted from the Native Customary Rights Land.

Protest from the local Iban natives with the bulldozer operator of Quality Concrete Holdings Bhd on the encroachment and extraction of timber.

Inspite of the protests, logging activites continued unabated right infront of the local Iban protesters.

Some of the Iban land owners from Kampong Ensika that oppose the logging activities. This picture was taken on the pepper garden belong to one of them. This pepper garden is about 1 km from the logging road.

A distant view of the damages caused by the logging activities. Note that feeder roads were constructed to extract tropical timber such as Selangan Batu & Meraka

The background of the picture shows the Sebangan River. It is inevitable that this river will become more polluted due to massive soil erosion as the logging activities progress further.

The area covered by the logging license covers these rubber trees planted in early 1950s during British Rule.

Sacred Ancient site at Kpg. Mensika destined for destruction during logging

 Soil Erosion & Landslides: The mountains generally have very steep gradient and highly prone to landslides. These landslides and erosion will destroy the fruit and rubber trees owned by the natives at the foot of the mountain. Additionally, the soil will pollute the river which is the source of fish and water supply.

Logging continues in spite of the protests from the Dayak Iban natives. These logs were extracted from the NCR lands. They were reserved by the native land owners for their own future needs. No prior approval from the land owners were given to extract the logs

 This water pumping station is immediately downstream of the logging camp. This station supplies water to the Sebangan Town and the surrounding villages downstream of the river.

The picture shows Puan Sumi Ak Tuah at her NCR land which was bulldozed by Quality Concrete Holdings Bhd to make road for extracting timber. Note that in the background, the remaining portion of her rubber trees can be seen. The majority were destroyed during the road construction.

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