Long-existing villages to be gazetted
Published on: Friday, November 08, 2019
By: Anthea Peter
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KOTA KINABALU: The State Government will bring up the controversial issue of gazetting long-existing villages occupying State land or those belonging to government-linked companies (GLCs) in the upcoming State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting. 

Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department Arifin Asgali (pic), who disclosed this, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal has issued a directive for the concerned areas to be gazetted as village settlements.

“All State lands occupied by the people and long-existing villages, whether owned by GLCs or the State Government, will be excised and gazetted (as village settlements) and given back to the people.

“Don’t worry. In the upcoming DUN sitting, a bill will be tabled. It is not too long from now,” he told a press conference at the Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) Innovation Day, here, Thursday.

Asked on the squatter settlement issue in Sepanggar, Arifin said those are not a squatter settlement but merely a long-existing village area.

“It is not a squatter area. What is meant by (Home Affairs Deputy Minister) Datuk Mohd Azis Jamman (in previous reports) is that there are village areas in Kota Kinabalu already existing for a long time but are not gazetted as villages.

“So, our initiative is that we agree to gazette long-existing villages, not squatter areas.

“Take Inanam as an example, there is a kampung on a hill which has long existed but we have not gazetted it, and so, there is a need to gazette it. We will give them amenities,” he said, adding the Government will work with the people to get it done.

He said it is also subject to the Lands and Surveys Department, and assured it will be carried out as fast as possible.

Meanwhile, the DBKK Innovation Day returned for its third time this year with the aim to cultivate a culture of innovation and creativity in organisational services. 

The annual event offered an array of activities, including a motivational talk on innovation, an exhibition and an award-giving ceremony to winners of the 2019 DBKK Innovation and Creative Design Competition.

The group “Hot Wheels” won the competition with their creation of a notification platform for cheque collection, pocketing a cash prize of RM1,500, a trophy and a certificate.

Earlier, Kota Kinabalu Mayor Datuk Nordin Siman urged DBKK to continuously think forward and come up with new innovations and not to become complacent with existing technologies.

“There is a need for DBKK to respond to the Government’s aspiration to solidify innovation,” he said in his speech.


Arifin, who officiated the event, echoed Nordin’s sentiments and urged DBKK to be more creative in providing various platforms to generate fresh ideas that could simplify one’s duties. 

“In this case, civil servants need to think outside the box when coming up with new working methodologies. At the same time, DBKK should always be aware of customer needs and be prepared to take proactive measures in fulfilling their needs, in order to improve the performance of its services,” he said.


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