An NCR Story: Bundu Apin-Apin demonstrates the struggle faced by one community of indigenous people living in Sabah, Malaysia, to attain recognition of their right to the land on which they reside. Having lived on their property for up to seven generations, the families of Bundu Apin-Apin have a legally recognised right to attain Land Title. However, as the local government is failing to acknowledge that right, the villagers fear that their land could be taken away from them and sold to a large company, as has been happening frequently within Borneo Malaysia. Through interviews with significant community members, an NCR Story: Bundu Apin-Apin is a factual short-documentary illustrating the current issue of the Bundu Apin-Apin community and why Land Title is of such importance to the local families.
Failing to recognise the right of an indigenous person to his or her land, and subsequently displacing that person, is a breach of the individual's right in both Malaysian and international law. Bundu Apin-Apin is simply one of many communities facing a Land Title issue.
This short film was produced by students from Macquarie University, Australia, in association with Australian Volunteers International, whilst working with PACOS Trust. Filming took place over five days within Kampung Tiga and Kampung Rantai of Bundu Apin-Apin between 15th July and 19th July 2013.