Recognition of warrior grave site marks small victory for Berawan

Salhan K. Ahmad

There are only two ways to reach the disputed area of Mulu: by boat or by plane. A road is being planned but a great cost, locals say. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Salhan K Ahmad, June 1, 2019.

AFTER months of seemingly fruitless negotiations, the Berawan people of Kuala Sungai Melinau in Mulu, Sarawak, marked their first small victory in the fight to protect their land against plantation companies.

Oil palm plantation giant Radiant Lagoon Sdn Bhd has acknowledged the significance of ancestral burial grounds, making the first ever ceremony to honour Berawan warriors at the Long Gak cemetery on May 9 extra meaningful, said Glenn Baya, a member of the local Berawan community.

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