Sarawak land rights forum to be held in honour of late CM

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KUCHING: Pro-autonomy group Sarawak For Sarawakians (S4S) will hold a land rights forum this Sunday to commemorate the death of the state’s former chief minister Adenan Satem.

The forum, which will be held at the Kenyalang Theatre here from 10am to 4pm, is jointly organised by S4S and the Kuching Traditional Handicraft Studies Society.

Organisers said the forum would focus mainly on issues pertaining to Sarawakian rights, including native customary rights (NCR) and rights over territory and resources.

“We hold this forum in memory of the chief minister since the late Adenan was very much a staunch supporter of Sarawak regaining her rights,” Bill Jugah, co-chairman of the organising committee, told reporters today.

“It is a sign of respect for him and his efforts in bringing the people of Sarawak together,” he said, adding that the forum would not be political in nature.

“It’s about empowering the citizens of Sarawak with knowledge about their rights.”

Adenan died from heart failure on Jan 11. Today marks the 100th day since his passing.

Forum speakers will include PKR’s Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How, Sarawak Reform Party (STAR) president Lina Soo, and retired Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) politician and Sarikei-based lawyer David Teng Lung Chi.

See will speak on the rights of Sarawakians on territory and resources, while Soo will speak on the Malaysia Agreement 1963.

Teng meanwhile will speak on the United Nation’s referendum ordinance and how it relates to Sarawak’s political scene.

Each speaker will be allowed 20 minutes with a further 40 minutes for questions. Bill will act as moderator.

“Many people here do not know the extent to which they can voice their dissatisfaction on issues that affect them.

“Their prevailing attitude is to ‘just let it be’. This cannot continue. They need to know, legally, what they can do for the love of Sarawak,” he said.

Bill added that if the forum was successful, organisers hoped to hold more in Bintulu, Sibu and Miri this year.

He was joined today by S4S southern activity chief Chan Chee Hiong.

Previously, S4S had announced that Sabahan rights activist Zainnal Ajamain was scheduled to speak on oil and gas financing while corporate lawyer Elsiy Tinggang was to speak on education rights.

However, neither speaker was able to make it to the forum, Bill said.

Tickets will be priced at RM10 each and can be obtained at the Premier 101 counter from 7.30pm to 9.30pm until April 22.

S4S said some of the proceeds would be donated to the Social Welfare Association.

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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