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Moyog pollution is also blamed on the hill cutting

Published on: Sunday, August 24, 2014

Penampang: A landowner in Kg Togudon who has engaged in illegal hill cutting has been instructed to cease his activities, said District Officer William Sampil.

"The activity concerned is on private property but we (District Council) have already taken steps to ensure the landowner stops the (hill cutting) activity which is illegal and without permission," he said.

According to Sampil, a letter has already been issued to this effect to the landowner by the Council while noting that the Land and Survey Department had already also instructed the landowner to stop his activity or face action.

Sampil said as such, he hoped the issue of the pollution of the Moyog River will also cease to be an issue, as he said the pollution is a direct result of the muddy run-off from the said hill-cutting activities.

He said this after officiating at the official reopening of the Inobong Tamu grounds on Saturday.

On Aug 20, the Land and Survey Department advised the owner of 12 Country Lease (CL) titled land at Kg Togudon in Penampang, who is currently doing hill cutting there, to stop the activity or face action.

Its Director Datuk Osman Jamal said the department's investigations showed that the owner concerned does not have an approval from the department to carry out hill cutting.

Meanwhile, Sampil said at the launching that he was proud that the Inobong Tamu had been revived.

He said research has shown that the Inobong Tamu was the oldest tamu in the Penampang District.

"It was set up before the Second World War during the time of the British authorities in 1932 as a way for the inhabitants from the interior areas to meet and trade with the people from the coastal areas who travelled to the Inobong Tamu by riverine boats, trekking on foot, horses and buffaloes."

The tamu ground was also the site of the first Unduk Ngadau competition held in the State in 1958.

But slowly its use as a tamu was gradually eclipsed until it ceased to be a tamu during the 90s as a result of the popularity of the larger tamu in Donggongon.

Sampil said he hoped the reactivation of the Inobong Tamu grounds, which actually started operations in June and the reclamation and enlargement works there to accommodate the vehicles of people coming to the tamu, would attract more people to the tamu which is open on weekends (Saturday and Sunday).

"I also ask that all traders in Donggongon who can't finish selling their wares, especially during this fruiting season, to come to the Inobong Tamu to sell them here. This way they can also help contribute towards their family income."

Also present was Tamu Inobong reactivation organising committee Chairman John Masabal.