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No Sipitang land alienated to outsiders: Dept
Published on: Friday, January 31, 2020
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KOTA KINABALU: The State Government never approved 5,000 acres in Kg Long Mio, Sipitang to outsiders as claimed in social media, recently, said Lands and Surveys Department Director Bernard Liew Chau Min (pic).

He said there is no government land available on 5,000 acres in Kg Long Mio, Sipitang that can be given to anyone.

In fact, he said, land applications on the concerned land have been rejected by the Assistant Collector Land Revenue (ACLR) in Sipitang.

“Surveying of land lots in Kg Long Mio for natives is being carried out by Sabah Customary Land Service Program (Pantas) and most of the land titles have been handed to the in-situ villagers,” he said in a statement, Thursday.

Bernard was commenting on a posting in social media that alleged Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal had approved 5,000 acres of State land in Kg Long Mio to outsiders.

On a land application for the concerned land in Kg Long Mio to Antanyu bin Nulhaji from Putatan that has side note by the Chief Minister stated as ‘Sila beri bantuan’ (Please give assistance), he said it was not an indication of giving approval to the land application.

“The Lands and Surveys Department has received many such land applications that the side notes by the Chief Minister and other ministers.

“Although the land applications have such side notes, the process to get approval on the land applications need to comply with existing procedures and regulations which are currently enforced.

“The land applications also need to be processed at district level and to be brought to District Land Use Committee (LUC) to be screened and decided before submitted to the department’s headquarters,” Bernard said.

Screening at district level, he said, is quite strict and normally, only the in-situ villagers who applied for the State land would be considered.

On another allegation that the Chief Minister had mortgaged Sabah Forest Industries (SFI) Sdn Bhd which also went viral in social media, Bernard said SFI is a company that does not belong to the State government. It is privately-owned.

“SFI had been bought by Lion Group and later bought by a company from India. 

“All selling and buying transactions of SFI happened during the previous government. The company from India that bought SFI is currently facing a problem and the SFI company is now being administered by State Government’s ‘receivership’ where it has no power on SFI,” he said.



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