Hope for KB villagers on land application
Published on: Wednesday, September 18, 2019
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Ewon (right) during the Pantas programme at Kg. Kiau Taburi.
KOTA BELUD: The Kampung Kiau Taburi residents’ anticipation in obtaining a land grant will come true when the Sabah Native Land Services Programme (Pantas) will be implemented soon.

Sabah Rural Development Minister Datuk Ewon Benedick said the Pantas measurement programme in the village area is the first Pantas programme in Kota Belud district and would be expanded to other areas. 

“For the Kiau Taburi village area, a survey was issued on September 12 to measure 500 acres in the village involving 254 lots. 

“Therefore, I hope the villagers will give their full cooperation to the team of surveyors responsible for implementing the improvements here so that the eight months required to complete the land works in the village can be shortened to six months,”

He said this in a speech when launching the Kampung Kiau Taburi Kota Belud Pantas programme, at its community hall, here, Saturday. 

Ewon who is also Kedamaian MP said the selection of Kampung Kiau as the first location for implementing the programme is to ensure a smooth-running success of the its launch.

If there is a land dispute among the villagers, the grassroots leaders or the village heads should look for a solution. This is important because the success of the Pantas programme in Kg.Kiau will reflect the overall success of the programme in Kota Belud in the future,” he said.

Ewon said the first 254 lots will be the first phase of the entire 1,000 lots expected to be measured under the Kiau Pantas Programme involving five nearby villages.

“This is my continuous effort in resolving issues of concern to the people, namely land applications other than basic infrastructure development and economic development through rural entrepreneurship activities. I am pleased to be able to bring the Pantas Programme to Kota Belud district starting in Kadamaian constituency with its first phase being implemented in Kg Kiau,” he said.

Ewon also supported the application of Kg Kiau Nuluh residents to gazett about 1,000 acres off the borders of Sabah Gardens as Native Reserve for community forestry purposes.

“I have been briefed by Sabah Parks regarding this border and have been informed of the 1000-acre release.

“Residents of Kiau Nuluh through the Persatuan Memulihara Warisan Tradisi dan Alam Semula Jadi Kampung Kiau Nuluh (Gompito) has requested that the area be gazetted as a Native Reserve as they possess customary rights”

“With the presence of the director, assistant revenue collector and senior management of the Lands and Survey Department at Kg Kiau in this event, I fully support this application which was submitted several years ago and certain discussions with JTU have been carried out, including my chairing at my office at KPLB Sabah,” he said.


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