The decision of the apex court which was made early in May 2009 is going to open a floodgate of legal actions against government, which leases our land and companies which plant oil palm on our land.
Not only they took away our land by force, but they also destroyed our fruit trees, rubber and pepper gardens, padi fields, destroyed our communal forests, communal land boundaries and graveyards. Some time our longhouses were also destroyed. For all this, we must seek compensations as well as the return of our NCR land.
Thanks to our lawyers and Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (SADIA) for their courageous efforts in fighting for our NCR land. Finally we triumph. And for this Gawai Dayak we have every reason to rejoice and to be thankful.
To all readers of The Broken Shield, we wish to say:
We will be going to our village for our Gawai and any reader happens to pass by is welcome to our humble house at Kpg. Sungai Samabang, Jalai Punda, Simunjan. – The Broken Shield