Masing is right, state government shall not appeal NCR cases to Federal Court – Cobbold John

Sri Aman – PBDS agrees with Deputy Chief Minister’s press statement Datuk Amar Dr. James Jemut Masing about the issue of Native Court supremacy. Masing who is also PRS president took the inspiration from the Federal Court ruling over the jurisdiction to hear apostasy cases yesterday.

Masing in his statement quoted as saying, the judgement of the Federal Court which allows apostasy case to be heard by the Syariah Court opens another means that the Native Court shall be allowed to hear Native Customary Rights (NCR) land dispute cases.

In his reply, Cobbold who is PBDS president remind Masing to keep his word and bring the proposal in the next DUN sitting.

“If he is serious, bring that issue to DUN sitting. But, he have to remember, it was State Government of Sarawak under Barisan Nasional leadership who had appeal to Federal Court over NCR dispute cases”, Cobbold asserted.

Cobbold continues, Masing remark shall followed by some genuine effort. NCR is our sovereignity and shall be protected.

“No doubt, there is always two sides to a coin, however, the Dayak should explore the ways to move forward, and to turn their weaknesses to opportunities”, Cobbold explain.

Meanwhile, Cobbold expressed his regret over the unruly and rowdy after the judgement on apostasy case yesterday. He said, such action was unacessary and the authorities shall act on it accordingly.

“I’m suprised and felt upset with unruly and rowdy action against Roman Catholic Archbishop Simon. Your belief is between you and God. I’ve watched the video and such radical act very uncivilised. We are not in Iraq or Syria”, he stressed.

“I also regret when someone called YB Baru Bian is a Christian preacher. I knew Baru for more than 30 years. Baru is not that kind of person. As far as i’m concerned, only PAS is religous party”, he said.

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