Native Customary Rights : £16 million test case in Malaysian Federal Court

Nicholas Bowen QC has been instructed by Malaysian lawyers to advise in a long running dispute with the Sarawak Government over the compulsory acquisition of land, the extinguishment  of Native Customary Rights and the refusal to compensate a local community of indigenous people who had planted (in a joint venture with a Malayan Corporation) over 900,000 teak and setang trees.  Judgment has been obtained for the equivalent of approximately £16,000,000 which the Government are now seeking to set aside.  The case continues.

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