Founder history of native customary law in sabah and sarawak introduction customary law is the law of the local people as developed and handed down from time immemorial. The sarawak state land code of 1957 states that before 1 january 1958 any native of sarawak could clear any part of the primary forest to farm or log and in the process automatically gain native customary rights land. Transcript of sarawak customary law by ryhanaamir sarawak customary law sarawak laws native courts in sarawak will hear cases involving natives the applicant must first satisfy that he she is a native anak negeri before the court may resume jurisdiction. In a series of cases in the higher courts in sarawak and malaysia judges have upheld native peoples land claims as consistent with the malaysian constitution and common law these cases imply that the government of sarawaks restrictive interpretation of native customary rights is incorrect
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