Thursday, October 18, 2012

BN govt spreading lies on NCR lands

KOTA KINABALU - Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) Tandek Mudanita Chief, Pathlyn Mikat said that the problem of rampant confiscation of land in Sabah was unresolved until today by the Sabah BN government.

She said, for example a land area of 60,000 hectares in the district of Kota Marudu and Pitas has been given to Syarikat Begaraya Sdn Bhd, a private company.

"Why Sabah BN government gave its vast land to a private company when in fact, involves many Native Customary Right (NCR) lands. A total of 35 villages in the district of Kota Marudu and Pitas are confronted with land issues, such as duplication of NCR applications. The lands which are now producing crops and grown rubber trees planted by the villagers for years.

"If the slogan of the Prime Minister "People first", would not this be more meaningful if distribution of the 60,000 hectares to the people instead of a private company only.

"In addition, according to the State Director of Lands and Survey Department, Datuk Osman Jamal published in Daily Express on 15 August 2010, land application of Syarikat Begaraya Sdn. Bhd. was approved on 19 March 1996 by the state government under the leadership of the Chief Minister of the time, Datuk Salleh Tun Said Keruak, two months before Datuk Yong Teck Lee was appointed as Chief Minister on May 28, 1996.
"But the BN has spread lies to the villages in Kota Marudu and Pitas that Yong allegedly approved the land to Begaraya.

"We, as young people, must take the initiative to provide information or correct information. Do not let the BN leaders continue spreading lies and mistreatment of our leaders. Young people also have to be brave enough to move forward in the political arena for a brighter future.

Pathlyn Leosie Mikat said this in a speech entitled "The Future of Youth Sabah" in Kudat recently.


  1. KOTA MARUDU, July 7 (The Borneo Post) -- Tandek assemblywoman Anita Baranting has expressed appreciation and thanks to the state government for committing to resolve the land dispute involving 60,000ha of land approved to Begaraya Sdn Bhd in Kota Marudu and Pitas districts.Anita welcomed Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman’s statement on Monday that the state government was prepared to negotiate the land approval given to the company, in the interest of the villagers there.

  2. “Begaraya did not fulfill its previous undertaking reached at a meeting involving the district office and village heads to also survey the kampung boundaries and customary rights land simultaneously with its perimeter survey,” said Anita, who had also highlighted the people’s grievances at the state assembly sitting.

  3. There are two ways to resolve the issue. One is to cancel the award of the land to Begaraya. The other solution is for them to comply with the people’s request for survey to be done for the kampung boundaries and customary rights land simultaneously with the perimeter survey.

  4. The Land and Survey Department Director Osman Jamal said the department has approved the land in Kg Ulu Sawatan, Kimanis that is being claimed by villagers in Kg Kelatuan, Papar to two groups in 1985 and 1996, respectively. The first approval was given to William Coore Ibrahim and 334 participants. He said the Natural Resources Department approved the application on June 6, 1985 and subsequently the Land and Survey Department gave the order for surveying on Aug 13, the same year for an area of 5,070 areas. The second approval, was given to Cecilia Matuya and 177 participants in Oct 17, 1996. However, the land being applied by Cecilia's group overlapped with the land applied for by William Coore's group. Following that, a land dispute hearing in 1999 was conducted and the participants agreed that the overlapping area be divided into two.

  5. Maximus says the land dispute for 49 villagers affected by the awarding land for the development of Safoda and Begaraya has been resolved. The state government agrees to give each of the 1,000 affected families 20 acres-15 acres with communal title and 5 declared as village reserve land.

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