Abstract—This paper deals principally with the socio-economic impact on the local Iban community in Mukah Division, Sarawak; with the commencement of the open-cut coal mining industry since 2003. To-date there are no actual studies being carried out by either the public or private sector to truly analyze how the Iban community is coping with the advent of a large influx of cash into their society. The Iban community has traditionally been practicing shifting cultivation and farming of domesticated animals; with a portion of the younger generation working as laborers and professional. This paper represents the views and observations of the author supported by some statistical facts extracted from published articles and non-published reports. The paper deals primarily in the following areas: II. GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION The Mukah Coalfield is bounded by Batang Mukah on the west and Batang Balingian on the east and is situated on the low-lying coastal plain of Mukah Disivion. The coalfield is located approximately 20km to the southeast of Mukah town with a geographical position of 112º 20 ’ E and 2º 45 ’ N. (NCGB, 2005, p. 2)
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