No end in sight to Dayak land rights dispute in Sarawak

Desmond Davidson

Sarawak PKR chief and Ba Kelalan assemblyman Baru Bian says he has been reliably informed that no amendments are being drafted to change to Land Code to circumvent a court decision declaring that native customary practices do not have force of law in the state. – Facebook pic, October 6, 2017.

SARAWAK’S indigenous native landowners could be in for more disappointment as an anticipated change to the state’s Land Code at next month’s legislative assembly session is unlikely to take place.

The amendment to the Land Code is required to circumvent last year’s Federal Court decision that native customary practices to land claims of “pemakai menoa” (territorial domain) and “pulau galau” (communal forest reserve) did not have force of law in Sarawak.

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