PITAS, 15 AUGUST 1997
POLICE REPORT ON BANGGI FOREST RESERVE
Fri. - Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) has lodged a second police
report on the reclassification of the Banggi First Class Forest
Reserve, claiming it has received new information which showed
that area was in fact awarded to a company eight months before
the reclassification was approved by the state assembly in August
deputy president Dr Maximus Ongkili made the report at the Kota
Marudu district police station at 4.30pm yesterday and handed
over a set of documents which he reported were sent anonymously
to him the day before.
made the report after officiating the opening of the annual general
meeting (AGM) of the PBS Bengkoka division in Kampung Bilangau
Kecil near here. He was accompanied by party deputy president
Datuk Wong Phin Chung, vice-president Dahil Masdik and nominated
assemblyman Jahid Jahim.
while officiating the AGM, Dr Ongkili explained that he received
a set of documents which gave further proof that abuse of power
and illegality were committed by government decision makers in
reclassifying the Banggi Forest Reserve from Class I to Class
on the documents received, the government in fact awarded the
11,000 hectares of Class I forest reserve to a company named Rosolic
Corporation Sdn Bhd on 15 January 1996. This is about eight months
before the state assembly approved the reclassification during
its sitting in August 1996.
approval and award of the area to Rosolic Corporation Sdn Bhd
was then revoked on 17 May 1996 and the area given to another
company called Peak Profile Sdn Bhd as reported by PBS to the
relevant authorities after the assembly sitting last June", he
Bandau member of parliament further alleged that a serious abuse
of power was committed in approving the forest reserve to Rosolic
Corporation Sdn Bhd.
their letter of application, Rosolic Corporation claimed that
40% of the companyís shareholding was owned by Majlis Ugama Islam
Sabah (MUIS). The letter was even supported and endorsed by a
particular cabinet minister.
information is that MUIS had nothing to do with the company and
therefore the applicantís claim of MUISí shareholding was false
and unfounded. This means that MUIS was used merely as a tool
to acquire the forest reserve.
facts further confirm our stand that the reclassification of the
Banggi forest reserve had bad motives and that the state assembly
was misled by the government in approving the Bill", he alleged.
Dr Ongkili also called on chief minister Datuk Yong Teck Lee to
inform the Sabah public what action he had taken against members
of the administration who had committed wrong-doing in the reclassification
of the Banggi forest reserve.
PBS raised the issue of abuse of power and misleading the assembly
during the Dewan sitting last June, Datuk Yong promised that "he
would initiate action against the wrongdoers and that there would
be no cover-up" but thus far nothing has been done. This could
be another case of mere lip service and no action", he claimed.
Ongkili called the relevant authorities to hasten the investigations
on the Banggi forest reserve case and to take stern action on
the wrongdoers, "consistent with the Prime Ministerís call to
wage war against corruption in Malaysia and punish those who are
corrupt irrespective of their public positions".
also urged the people of Banggi to demand that the islandís 11,000
hectares of forest reserve wrongfully declassified by the BN government
be reinstated as a Class I forest reserve to protect their water
catchment areas, preserve rare fauna and flora, and conserve the
forests for their childrenís heritage.