Muslim Graves in Kuching EXHUMED! Letter to the Authorities

Our Ref: Kubur land
Date: 13-8-2008

1. Menteri Penrancangan dan Pengurusan Sumber II
c/o. Permanent Secretary,
Ministry of Planning and Resource Management, Level 3, Wisma Sumber Alam,Jalan Stadium, Petra Jaya,
93660 Kuching, Sarawak. BY FAX & POST

2. DirectorLand and Survey Department SarawakLevel 6, Menara PelitaPetra Jaya, 93050 Kuching, Sarawak BY FAX & POST

3. Penguasa Tanah dan Survei
Jabatan Tanah dan Survei, Bahagian Kuching
Jalan Badruddin,
93576 Kuching, Sarawak. BY FAX & HAND

Dear Sir,

Re: Exhumation of graves at Lot 192 Block 208 KNLD
along Jalan Kereta Api, Kuching on 12-8-2008

I refer to the incident yesterday where 44 graves at the above-mentioned land were exhumed.

According to the search conducted by me with the Lands and Surveys, the title to the land contains a Special Condition that “The land is to be used as a burial ground only”. Enclosed herewith a photocopy of the relevant land search.

Given the Special Condition of the land, it puzzles everybody why a contractor will take action to exhume the graves.

As matter relating to graves and burial ground is sacred and highly sensitive, I urge your goodselves to take immediate action to investigate into the matter and clarify with the public and the affected family members on the following queries:

1. Who is the contractor involved in the exhumation of the graves?

2. On whose instruction did the contractor carry out the work?

3. Why was such instruction given?

4. Whether there is any application for development of the land? If so, what is the position of the government in respect of the application and what is the status of the application?

5. Who made the application for development of the land?

6. What subsequent action will be taken by the government henceforth?

I hope your goodselves will view this matter seriously and I look forward to your prompt clarification.

Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Chong Chieng Jen