Sarawak court orders oil palm company to return native land

Author: Environment News Service, Published on: 21 January 2010

Sarawak's natives have won two important court cases over native land issues, their attorney announced...on the island of Borneo. The cases had been filed by the natives against the government of Sarawak and an oil palm company that planned to establish an oil palm plantation on native lands...High Court Judge Datuk David Wong... declared that the local communities have native customary rights over land unlawfully claimed as state land by the Sarawak State government...The...plaintiffs had filed a suit...against the oil palm company Ladang Sawit Bintulu and four other defendants...The court ordered the oil palm company to leave the disputed area...The ruling comes just...after the Malaysian police destroyed...homes at the native village of Sungai Sekabai. [also refers to China State Grid Corporation]

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Related companies: Ladang Sawit Bintulu State Grid Corporation of China