KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government will find ways to help some 180 villagers from Kg Tinusa 1, Sandakan after they were asked to vacate the land and houses they had been living in for decades.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the case, which was complicated in nature, had gone to court and the decision did not favour the villagers.
"However, we will see how else we can help," Mohd Shafie said Thursday (Jan10), adding that he had asked the state Land and Survey Department to look into the matter.
The plight of the villagers came to light earlier this week when they staged a peaceful demonstration asking the government for help.
They were asking for their houses not to be demolished and to continue living there.
It was reported that their representative, Samsudin Baco, said that the villagers involved had bought their plots of land some 20 to 30 years ago from another villager for between RM2,500 and RM10,000.
He said that they only found out later that the land was already owned by another party under a country lease (a type of land title under state law).
They were served with an eviction notice in 2000, but managed to delay being evicted after going to the courts until last year, when the High Court decided against the villagers.