Taib Mahmud the longest and oldest Chief Minister in the world will be visiting Long Lama town tommorrow where he will officially open a surau and a health clinic. Like what Anwar Ibrahim did recently, Taib and his wife should travel by land from Miri to Long Lama so that they would feel and experience the rough ride along the Lapok road especially from the Miri/Bintulu/Beluru road junction to the SMK Bakong junction and from there to pekan Lapok in Sungai Tinjar then to Long Lama. After all its CMS his family's company that was given the main contract to re-construct and to tar-seal this later stretch of the road which has been subcontracted to Shin Yang.
While in Long Lama, Taib should explain to the voters in Baram why he issued the Licence for Planted Forest to Pusaka KTS Forest Plantations Sdn Bhd over the thousands of hectares of lands which the people in Sungai Apoh, Sungai Tutoh and Baram claimed are their NCR lands? Why his BN govt issued provisional leases for oil palm plantations to companies like Tung Huat Pelita Sdn Bhd, IOI Pelita Plantation and Boustead Pelita Plantation also over lands which the people of the longhouses of Kampung Long Laput, Baram, the Berawans of Kampung Long Teru, Long Jegan and Long Tabing, the Ibans longhouses in Sungai Lutong, Bakong and in Bukit Limau, Tuyut, Tinjar and the Kayans and Kenyahs of Kampung Long Teran, Tinjar, Baram claimed as their NCR lands or land over which the Sarawak Govt permitted them to settle on.
Whether the BN Govt will also permit, encourage and/or recognise the rights of the people of the longhouses, namely, Kampong Long Miri and Kampong Long Pilah and all those Baram people who have cleared, occupied and cultivated the lands (with oil palms) within the alleged Lemiting Protected Forest. Taib must also explain why the BN directed the Land and Survey Dept Surveyors to limit the NCR perimeter survey of NCR in Baram only to areas cleared before 1.1.1958 and not according to the communal land boundary or sempadan or the antara or garis menoa of or between the longhouses? That has resulted in the exclusion of huge areas of the NCR lands of the Baram people which after the said survey will be gazetted as the Communal Reserve for the longhouse.
And If Taib does not do that, I urge and challenge all Taib's BN elected representatives from Baram in particular YB Dato Jacob Dungau Sagan the MP for Baram and BN/SPDP candidate in this coming Parliamentary election to speak up in front of Taib and in front of all those from Baram attending the function in Long Lama tommorrow to tell and urge Taib to tell all those present the BN's stand on all these crucial matters affecting the people of Baram. To all the BN elected representatives, this is the most opportune time to tell Taib your boss about the problems and needs of the Baram people. Remember, you were elected by the people of Baram to represent act and speak up for them. You were not elected to heap praise on your boss. If you do not have the courage, then, you are a misfit and therefore unfit to be the representatives of the people of Baram. So please resign immediately. Do not give our Baram people a false hope that you are a leader who will fight protect and defend their rights.