Five Ibans arrested over NCR dispute
Courtesy of Sarawak Head hunter
Tony Thien | Apr 19, 08 1:37pm
Five Ibans have been arrested by the Miri police on Thursday for what is believed to be the result of their persistent protest against the activities of an oil palm company working on their native customary rights (NCR) land without their consent.
Those arrested are all longhouse residents of Kampung Wawasan in Miri.
However, police appear to have given a different reason for their arrest, and Miri-based NGO Borneo Resources Institute of Malaysia (Brimas) has also failed to obtain the true account of why the five were arrested.
The five were asked by police to go to the Batu Niah police station two days ago to have their statements recorded. However, on arrival at the station, they were brought to the Miri police station and detained.