Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal wants all government agencies, including government-linked companies (GLCs), to return land that rightfully belongs to the people.
He said he had instructed the Land and Survey Department to look into the matter and if there are land belonging to government agencies such as Sawit Kinabalu Sdn Bhd and the Sabah Forestry Development Authority, that supposedly should belong to the people, the agencies concerned should let go of the land and return it to the villagers.
“It also happened in the Kunak district — to an extent that the people have land problems. Sawit Kinabalu has a lot of money, but it has no meaning if the people are poor.
He said government agencies and GLCs should not abuse their power by pushing aside the people’s right.
“If the ‘towkays’ can be given acres of land, what is 15 acres (6.07ha) given to the people to build their homes?” he added.
Meanwhile, on a proposal to build a flood evacuation centre in Kota Marudu, Mohd Shafie said the facility is important so as not to disrupt the learning process in schools and that they are often used as relief centres during floods.
Kota Marudu is one of the districts in Sabah often hit by floods during the monsoon season.
He said the facility would not only be built in Kota Marudu, but also other districts that are often hit by floods, such as Kota Belud and Beaufort. — Bernama