Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud

A few days ago Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud said “don’t accuse government of not caring for the plights of NCR land owners” as more than 118,000 of them being given titles by the state.

However, he didn’t divulge any details. But, as it slowly emerges now – it appear rather very un-“1Malaysia”. In Bintulu for example only six villages – predominantly Malay / Melanau villages been given title. They are:

1. Kampung Jepak,
2. Kampung Baru
3. Kampung Kamunting,
4. Kampung Segan,
5. Kampung Pandan,
6. Kampung Kuala Tatau

While seem to be more than happy giving it to the Malays / Melanau – Taib’s government has to drag its feet in extending similar benefits to nearly 500 (400 listed as official + 100 un-official) longhouses belong to Iban and Orang Ulu communities in the Division.

One of the reasons according to a senior government official longhouses could not (yet) be given a land title was that it might delude the power of Tuai Rumah and also state government wary that the title would be re-sell for quick profits.

“Many Tuai Rumah were against the ideas as it might reduce their ‘power’ towards their anembiak in a longhouse,” according to a senior government official recently.

However due growing resentment among the Dayaks communities, probably anticipating it would become an issue for the Dayak to vote them out, state government now proposing a new concept of longhouse.

Unfortunately, we have only sketchy details of the concept. In fact they were still arguing over several issues – including whether to give longhouse residents ‘strata’ or ‘terraced house-style’ type of land title.

Come to think of it. Do you think the state government is sincere in helping the Dayak communities? – or more of a ‘tactic’ to win state elections?