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02 September 2017

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The old Turubu SABL on 144C land in the East Sepik Province is still merrily rolling along. No worries! It is run by Wewak Agricultural Development Ltd - Hui Teck Lau and Nyi Then - both Malaysians, with Mr Ko running things from Wewak.

They are now busily building an oil palm mill at Mondomondo, using Malaysian and Filipino labour. The timber still pours out through a port at Kanduanum on the Sepik River and the huge ships anchor at the mouth of the Sepik to load the timber from the barges that bring it downriver.

The Department of Lands is busy getting the local people onto Voluntary Customary Land Registration (VCLR) so the title can remain with landowners. Then they can say they have got rid of the SABLs. I hear it is the young men who are taking out the VCLRs.

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