KUCHING: More judges from Borneo are needed to sit on the Appellate Court particularly in cases involving NCR land.
Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK) president Voon Lee Shan (pic) pointed out the Federal Court’s ruling against the Iban community in the case of TR Sandah and Anor as a prime example.
“The judges who are from Malaya may not know the spiritual attachment of the Dayaks to their NCR land. In Malaya there is no NCR land, only wakaf and mukim,” he said in a press statement yesterday.
The PBK president explained that in NCR cases, the state government is a defendant and the companies that were alienated the NCR land will be co-defendants.
“When the state government and company win, the land owner may wish to appeal to a higher court.
“Likewise, if the state government and company lose, the state government and company will appeal to a higher court. The final or highest court to appeal in Malaysia is the Federal Court.”
Voon opined that no NCR case by Dayaks could be won against the state government and companies that were alienated NCR land in future.