KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government needs to study legal options before deciding how to handle some 2,000ha of native land seized from non-bumiputras who had used fake certificates to get them.
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission is expected to give the state government some proposals on the issue of the native land involving some 400 native titles, said Sabah Lands and Survey Department director Safar Untong.
When contacted yesterday, Safar said MACC officers had met him on Friday and that both criminal and civil law elements were involved.
They would have to look at previous court decisions on ownership of land and civil cases where land was obtained fraudulently, he said.
In a statement, Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman said the state would have discussions with various agencies on the types of action to be taken against those holding illegally obtained native certificates, as well as other measures to protect native rights.
“The state government supports MACC’s investigations into the native certificates as it is important for the protection of Sabah natives,” he said.