KOTA KINABALU: Some 100 villagers in Sabahs east coast agricultural district of Beluran claim that a new plantation owner has ordered them to leave their traditional kampungs in two weeks.
The villagers, who said they had lived in the area for generations, also claimed that they were being accused of squatting on the land, acquired by the public-listed plantation company recently.
The villagers have brought their plight to the relevant authorities and Beluran MP, Ronald Kiandee, has assured them that the government would help to resolve their problems.
Speaking at a dialogue session with the villagers and the relevant state authorities yesterday, he agreed that the relevant government agencies, including the Lands and Survey Department and the Beluran district office should find a permanent solution to the problem faced by the villagers in Kampung Nangoh and Kampung Rancangan Nangoh.
There should be a land inquiry on this because the rights and priorities of the people need to be given due priority, he said.
Ronald said the land where the two kampungs are sited were part of a parcel earmarked by the Sabah Land Development Board (SLDB) for oil palm plantation some years ago.
But the board sold the land to a company which, at the time, agreed to allow the villagers to remain within the
Recently, however, the company sold its plantation to another public-listed company whose new management then issued eviction notices for the villagers to leave in two weeks.
Ronald said the company must withdraw the eviction notices immediately and allow time to find a permanent solution to the problem.
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