Create awareness among the participant of SALT regarding issues brought byTAHABAS (Tanah Hak Anak Bangsa Sarawak) and discussing the right way to protect Native Customary Rights (NCR) land.
Share with both rural communities (students and youngsters) regarding theinformation on securing financial assistance for the admission into the localtertiary institutions.
Enable our university students to understand the controversial issues of NCR lands of Sarawak Indigenous Peoples (IP) in relation to the construction of BakunHydroelectric Dam, logging activities, and cash crops plantation (i.e oil palm).(b)
Understand the factors that led to the resettlement of the Kayan and Kenyahcommunities of Long Lawen, Uma Apan, and Long Bangan in the name of development by the government to give way to the construction of the Bakun Dam,and the effects faced by them due to the relocation.(c)
Urge the government to be fair to every Malaysian citizen without considering their political views.(d)
Respond in faith to the struggle of the IPs so that we are aware of our roles as university students through critical analysis and theological reflections.(e)
Learn about the cultural traits of the community such as the traditional dance, weavingtraditional handicrafts and playing cultural instruments, e.g sape (musical instrument),ngajat (traditional tribal dance), and naming ceremony according to the tradition of Kayan and Kenyah.
The three villages that we have visited do faces the problem of human rights violationespecially NCR land, marginalization in terms of their rights to have proper basic facilities,and ecological disruption.Most of the problems are caused by the logging companies such as Shin Yang, Samling and
KTS Timber and also the state government‟s decision that declared the NCR lands belong to
them. Besides, although each of the villages are still maintaining their own culture, most of the adolescents need to have an awareness of the importance to learn and to uphold their custom in order to ensure it will be inherited by the next generation. The information of thevillages and the problem occurs are mentioned below:
Long Lawen was a community which refused to re-locate to a government settlement villagewhen the building of the massive Bakun Dam flooded their lands. Most of the communitieswere moved to the Asap Koyan river resettlement area. Half of the displaced Long GangCommunity chose to move back to their ancestral lands in Long Lawen of Tekulang river,deep in the rainforests of Sarawak, where they re-established their village and are working to protect their lands from deforestation and oil palm plantation creation.