HC Deb 28 April 1948 vol 450 cc378-9
17. Mr. Teeling

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will give the name of the district officer whose baggage was not transported by two land Dyaks from Kanpong Seou to Kanpong Hundou; whether he will also give the name of the district judge who tried the case and convicted; and what further information he has on the matter.

Mr. Mayhew

Under the Sarawak Native Administration Order, No. 5 of 1940, certain duties are laid upon headmen, in the carrying out of which every native is obliged to assist. The provision of transport for administrative officers when travelling in their area is one of these duties. The Dyaks in question were prosecuted by their headman for failure to assist in this way on the occasion of an official journey by Mr. J. R. Outram, a district officer, and were convicted and fined 10 dollars each. The case was tried by a Malayan magistrate named Abang Openg. There is no evidence to suggest that the men were supporters of Anthony Brooke.