Published on: Saturday, September 28, 2013
Kota Kinabalu: A non-native assemblyman in the East Coast of Sabah has been implicated in the dubious purchase of some 750 acres of native lands in Kinabatangan.
Consumer Affairs and Protection Society of Sabah (CAPS) Deputy President 1, Ali bin Ahmad, said he received complaints to this effect from five people who represented about 50 landowners who felt they have been cheated and lost their NT lands to the said assemblyman.
He said he is baffled as to how such transfers of NT lands were made to a non-native individual in violation of the Sabah Land Ordinance (Sabah Cap.68) that prohibits NT lands to be transferred or sold to a non-native person.
Ali said the five people have lodged police reports on the illegal transfer of the NT lands to the assemblyman without their original owners' knowledge and consent.
He said each landowner was given one lot, equivalent to about 15 acres in the Kinabatangan area, and many of the lands have been planted with oil palm trees.
"These five people came to see me yesterday (Thursday) and they voiced out their complaints that their NT lands had been transferred through Power of Attorney (PA) by the non-native individual, who is now an elected people representative, through forgery of signatures.
"They also claimed that they have never signed any documents including the PA that would allow for such transfer of lands to the said non-native individual.
"Upon finding out that their respective lands have been transferred without their consent, they lodged police reports on Thursday for further investigation into the case," he said to Daily Express here, Friday.
Based on one of the police reports, he said the five complainants claimed that the PA dated on March 17, 1993 has a false signature of the original landowner that had allowed the transfer of the NT Land to the non-native.
"I believe that there must be some kind of conspiracy with 'inside people' that had caused such transaction (transfer of the NT land to a non-native person) to happen and it is clearly against the Sabah Land Ordinance.
"A copy of the land transfer that is attached with one of the police reports also showed that there was a transfer of the NT land from the non-native individual to a native person who we believe might be a proxy so that he (non-native) will not be implicated.
"But my main question here isÉhow the NT lands, in the first place, could be transferred to the non-native individual which is against the Land Ordinance?" he said.
In light of this, Ali said the association will also submit these complaints to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and Public Complaints Bureau (PCB) for further investigation and for appropriate action to be taken on offenders," Ali said.