IOI PELITA LAND DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROCESS: Stakeholder Engagement Trip to Miri, Sarawak on 8 – 10 November 2018
21/12/2018Stakeholder Engagement

The IOI Group’s Stakeholder Engagement team on their way to Kota Kinabalu for RT 16 made a stop-over in Miri to meet with local government representatives to discuss the progress of the IOI Pelita dispute resolution process. IOI team also met with the leaders of the two communities that have not decided yet whether to give their consent for IOI to go ahead with the implementation of the Resolution Plan. The other 7 communities have already agreed to it.

On November 9th, at the Deputy Regent’s Office, representatives from various local government branches, including Mr. Ezra Uda, Diplomatic Administrative Officer; Mr. Mohd Rashdan, District Officer of Beluru and Mr. Jubin from Land & Survey Department, met with the IOI team to discuss the progress of the dispute resolution process and more specifically to receive an update on the Individual Land Plot Survey conducted by IOI with an aim of identifying exact location and size of the individual plots of land that local communities have not been yet compensated for. IOI representatives confirmed that the survey was nearing its completion and that the ex-gratia compensation would be paid soon after.

On the same day, IOI team met with the Village Head of Long Tabing Iban, Mr. Juben Sigai, and some members of the community. The purpose of the meeting was to see how IOI could further assist the Long Tabing Iban community in making their decision on whether to give a consent to the Resolution Plan. In the course of the open discussion, Mr. Juben explained that the community was unhappy because IOI Pelita still has not repaired their road. Mr. Wilson Pasang, Community Liaison Officer, explained the reasons for the delay and promised a quick action. The community also asked IOI Pelita to provide a road repair schedule to them and to make sure that local community members have preference when it comes to job opportunities at IOI Pelita, to which IOI team agreed. Based on this agreement, the community of Long Tabing Iban was to consider favorably giving a consent to the Resolution Plan.

The following day, IOI team was supposed to have a meeting with the leader of Long Teran Batu, Mr. Joslee. Long Teran Batu together with Long Tabing Iban are the only two remaining communities that have not yet given IOI a consent to go ahead with Resolution Plan. Unfortunately, Mr. Joslee was admitted to General Hospital in Miri due to minor heart attack the night before. Stakeholder Engagement team went to visit Mr. Joslee at the hospital to wish him a quick recovery.