New design an insult to the Iban community

jamesjg.com hopes that these few feedbacks will not represent the majority views and opinion of bilek owners throughout Sarawak. I do not know how this longhouse leaders define their ruai, but being born an Iban and who keeps our Iban customs and tradition intake, I am entitled to my own personal opinion based on my roots from the Kapuas Valley, to the tributaries of the Krian River, right up the Baram into Tinjar. We may come from different roots but this design and this concept, if fully implemented, will see the extinction of the Iban race, customs and practices, regardless the assurance of the Majlis Adat Istiadat Sarawak.

1. The proposed designs (four of them) are totally an insult to the Iban community. Where on earth do we have our ruai outside (considered to be outside) of the longhouse and is equivalent to a balcony or a car porch seen in most terrace homes. What has become a common meeting place, our dining area looks like a small cafeteria available at any Starbucks coffee outlet!

2. The concept do not put forward the fate of the existing bileks, whereby, some longhouse (like ours) are of age 72 years old. Does this mean that the Land and Survey Dept. will not be issuing our bilek a title?

3. How do the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development treat the individual homes that are not physically attached to the main longhouse but are within the administration of one tuai rumah (village chief). What will be the fate of my fellow Bidayuh homes who are not considered as a longhouse?

4. Why so much hu ha on issuing titles to the bilek? Kalau nak bagi, bagi la.. There is no need to imposed so much this and that to the owners of this bilek.

To the participants of this seminar series, your future generations are the ones who will pay their loans, risk losing their values because of the decision you made today.

Note: The writer did not attend the Seminar since the audience was pre-selected by the government, hence the writer treat the seminar as non-representation of the Iban community. There was no prior aum (longhouse meeting) to select who shall represent our longhouse at this seminar.

View the various design options for the new concept at my Facebook Photo Album.

Points to note:

  • The villagers through their tuai rumah need to write-in formally to request the Land & Survey Dept. to do a land surveying work on their longhouse land that is to be applied for a title (individual title like our terrace houses in the urban areas). Our experience on this, EVEN the court has ordered the L&S Dept. to conduct a survey to verify our claim on NCR land within 30-days, the department never reach the ground and do it. How effective is our formal request in this matter?
  • The L&S Dept. do not have any program yet to conduct any survey for this NCR land.
  • What happen if the longhouse built is considered ‘Angat’ ? Meaning not a good longhouse to stay on, normally bc orang mati berturut2 ba rumah panjainya, then sida terpaksa pindah tau ke ngaga rumah baru nearby. Pia mega ti rumah nya nyadi mali udah tiki … See morejelu or burung jai (don’t forget some longhouse still practice traditonal belief) Are the gov’t going to issue another title n the previous one still valid?

What about those detached homes within the longhouse area

Dept sets the record straight on titles for longhouses

by Samuel Aubrey
April 11, 2010, Sunday
Source: The Borneo Post

KUCHING:
The state’s Land and Survey Department yesterday clarified that the Strata Title Ordinance does not apply to longhouses when it comes to issuance of title.

It said the Sarawak Land Code title would be more appropriate for longhouses because strata title was not relevant for individual ‘bilik’ (door) of the longhouse.

“For buildings such as single-storey or double-storey terrace, titles to these buildings are issued under the Sarawak Land Code.

“As longhouses share much of the characteristics of a terrace unit, therefore, Strata Title Ordinance will not apply to longhouses when it comes to issuance of title. Should the policy of the Government decide that individual ‘bilik’ within the longhouses be issued with title, then, the Sarawak Land Code title would be more appropriate,” said the Department in an emailed statement.

The statement was issued following recent media reports on suggestions concerning the mechanism for giving titles to longhouses in the state.

On ‘strata title’, the Department said this was issued under the Strata Title Ordinance.

‘Strata title’ is a subsidiary title issued on parcels within a building. The Strata Title Ordinance makes it mandatory for owners of building of five-storey and above to apply for ‘strata title’,” it said.

Last Thursday, Infrastructure Development and Communication Minister Dato Sri Michael Manyin said he was all for the proposed ‘terraced house-style’ titles in the issuance of land titles to longhouses.

“I am relieved that the terrace house-style title was proposed, instead of the strata title. If it were the strata title, it would create a lot of confusion and dissatisfaction among the longhouse folk. Many would not accept it,” he had said when closing the two-day New Longhouse Concept seminar in Kuching.

A day earlier, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Dato Sri Douglas Uggah Embas suggested that land titles for longhouses should follow the mechanism of giving titles to terraced houses in the city.

He had said that the procedures involved in giving titles to terraced houses in the city were simple and did not involve too much hassle.

Assistant Minister of Housing and Urban Development Abdul Wahab Aziz also believed terraced house titles were more viable than strata titles.

The Dayaks also own homes that are not attached to the longhouse due to shortage of land for extension from the main longhouse. How do the Land & Survey handle this kind of house? I hope it is include in the new concept.

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RumahDayak.com donate to Rh. Joshua Manik fire victims

Members from RumahDayak.com, the Dayak internet forum, have managed to pass the hat around and send donation to the fire victims of Rh. Joshua Manik. Here are some photos taken during the simple ceremony.

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33 doors burnt to the ground..

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Unloading bags of rice for the victims..

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Victor (in red), one of the RumahDayak.com administrator, hand over the donation to a representative from the longhouse, witness by (from left) Beerman, Kelling Sebayan, Penghulu Chabi, Eugene John Sikie (PRS Youth) and other longhouse folks.

Being the owner of RumahDayak.com, I thank all the members who have donated generously and in making this charity drive a success. May God bless you all.