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Plan to develop Gaya still in the early stage: Hajiji
Published on: Friday, April 26, 2024
By: Larry Ralon
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Plan to develop Gaya still in the early stage: Hajiji
Hajiji said Kampung Lok Urai was formerly known as Kampung Pulau Gaya Native Reserve and was gazetted through GN.193/1972 for an area of 41 acres under Section 78, Sabah Land Ordinance Chapter 68 and Kg Kasuapan has already been surveyed with an estimated area of 25 acres and is also proposed for gazetting under Section 28 of the same Ordinance.
Kota Kinabalu: The plan to develop Gaya Island here is still in the planning stage, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor.

The State Government believes Gaya Island needs to be clean, safe, beautiful and of high value to be turned into a tourism destination.

“The State Government will strive to provide new settlements for the Gaya Island people after taking into account all aspects, especially public safety,” he said to questions from Datuk Yakubah Khan (Karambunai) and Datuk Junz Wong (Tanjung Aru) when winding up for the Chief Minister’s Department (CMD) at the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting, Wednesday.

Regarding the gazetting of villages especially on Gaya Island, the Chief Minister said Kampung Lok Urai was formerly known as Kampung Pulau Gaya Native Reserve and was gazetted through GN.193/1972 for an area of 41 acres under Section 78, Sabah Land Ordinance Chapter 68 and Kg Kasuapan has already been surveyed with an estimated area of 25 acres and is also proposed for gazetting under Section 28 of the same Ordinance.

“Kampung Pulau Gaya, Kampung Lobong and Kampung Pondo cannot be processed for village gazetting because the entire area is included in the proposed area to be gazetted as Reservation of Areas of Sand & Coral with survey lot bill.01200575 through gazette plan P.99197154,” said Hajiji.

On the issue regarding Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority (Sedia) raised by Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin (Lamag) and Datuk Raime Unggi (Nominated Assemblyman), the Chief Minister said Sedia has conducted a study and has already prepared the Sedia Blueprint 2.0 for the period 2021 to 2030.

In the blueprint, Sedia has created three development regions in the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC), namely the Western Region consisting of 15 districts, the Central Region including four districts and the Eastern Region involving seven districts.

“There are 30 Sabah Development Corridor (SDC) initiatives that will be implemented specifically in the relevant regions and there are among the initiatives to be implemented across the three regions,” said Hajiji.

Replying to a question from Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal (Senallang), the Chief Minister said the Sawit Kinabalu Group owns 100 per cent shares in 30 wholly-owned subsidiaries, majority shares in five joint venture companies and 40 per cent shares in Kalabakan Plantation SB and Tongod Plantation SB companies (which have a joint venture with the State Finance Ministry) as well as a 30 per cent share in Jususan Borneo.

In addition, Sawit Kinabalu has also been a shareholder of Saham Amanah Sabah since 1998 for RM21 million.

“The Kinabalu Palm Group’s profit after tax from 1996 until 2023 is about RM2.38 billion. Sawit Kinabalu also declared a dividend to the State Government and dividend payments to date amount to RM914.3 million,” he explained.

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