KOTA KINABALU: A man who bulldozed through a private land claiming that he has the clearance from head of state Tun Juhar Mahiruddin and Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal has been asked to leave the plot.
The man, identified as Arsad Ghani, claimed that he had applied for land lots on behalf of 674 people at the Kampung Kurol Melangi, Kampung Likas area and got the green light for land clearing work.
Dismissing this, Sabah Land and Survey Department director Datuk Safar Untung said the land was owned by a government-linked company and the state had no authority to allow people to make a claim.
“We have gone to the site to speak with Arsad and told him about it. We have also instructed him to stop all work and to get the heavy machinery out of the land,” he said.
Safar said city hall officials had also issued eviction notices to several families living in three squatter houses in the area.
According to a circulated letter allegedly sent to the Yang di-Pertua Negri’s office to apply for the land in October 2018, Arsad said the land was to be used to house villagers who did not have their own homes.
Likas assemblyman Tan Lee Fatt said he had inspected the area after he heard about it.
“Though the address in the letter stated Teluk Likas, this is not under my constituency. It is under Karambunai,” he added.
He said the landowner had been notified and would be responsible to ensure that the land was not encroached again.