Published on: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 via Natives allowed to appeal | Daily Express Newspaper Online, Sabah, Malaysia..

Kota Kinabalu: The Federal Court on Monday granted six natives leave to appeal against the Court of Appeal’s decision to affirm a High Court ruling on their native customary rights claims over their ancestral lands in Tongod, Kinabatangan.

Justices Tan Sri Arifin Zakaria, Tan Sri Raus Sharif and Tan Sri James Foong unanimously allowed the application by plaintiffs Darinsok Pangiran Apan, 83, Kayah Unto, 44, Wilster Lewrince, 49, Jaafar Dorong, 51, and Jaimon Darinsok, 44, on four questions of law raised in their Notice of Motion.

The appellate court also granted their application for a stay on the order by the Court of Appeal for the Assistant Collector of Land Revenue (ACLR) to conduct a public inquiry to hear the plaintiffs’ claim for Native Customary Rights (NCR) within 60 days from June 9 this year.

Over 150 natives from the affected land areas dressed in their native attire and their supporters turned up in court to hear the case.