KINABATANGAN: The 50 years of wait for their land titles was finally over for 458 villagers from four villages here when Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman yesterday presented the titles to them at the Sukau Community Hall.
Musa advised the recipients to appreciate the land titles given to them and not to sell the land for fast monetary gains.
“I was informed that most of recipients had waited for their land titles for over 50 years. Most have built houses and cultivated something valuable on the land.
“Therefore, the government gives what belongs to the people – the granting of land titles,” he said.
Meanwhile, one of the recipients, Wahidah Binti Angau, who had waited for the land title for 28 years, expressed her happiness.
“I had applied for the land since I was still single and now I am a single mother with five children. I raised my children with income earned from cultivating my land.
“With the land title, I am relieved as the land belongs to me and for my generation,” she said to reporters.
Wahidah was one of the 458 recipients from four villages, namely Kampung Suan Lamba, Kampung Perpaduan Datuk Ugi, Kampung Batu Puteh and Kampung Sentosa Jaya.
The land titles presentation was witnessed by Land and Survey Department director Haji Safar Untong, Sukau assemblyman Datuk Saddi Abdul Rahman and Kinabatangan district officer Yassin Nasir.
Also present were Sabah State Secretary Tan Sri Sukarti Wakiman, Minister of Special Tasks Datuk Teo Chee Kang, Rural Development Minister Datuk Radin Malleh, Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Haji Noor, Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun, Assistant Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Zakaria Haji Mohd Edris and Assistant Youth and Sport Minister Datuk Masiung Banah.
Source: www.theborneopost.com 05/01/2016