A increasing number of natives in Sarawak state in north Borneo are alarmed at encroaching forest and oil palm plantations, which are taking over their native customary land and destroying their traditional lifestyles and biodiversity.
In Long Berawan, a village in the north of the state, a community of a thousand Berawan and Tering indigenous people who live in longhouses is worried about plans by a reforestation and plantation group to take over 80,000 hectares of native land. And there are other villages and communities similarly affected.
“The land is being given to the big companies to do the plantations in our area,” says Dennis Along, a villager who comes from a traditional farming family. “In future, it will be very hard for the longhouse people to do farming. There is no free land for us to do farming anymore, because the company is taking over the land.”
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