PBS In Support Of Proposed Native
Land Tribunal In Sabah
KINABALU, Feb 1 (Bernama) -- Parti Bersatu Sabah
(PBS) has expressed full support and plans to take up the
proposed setting up of the native land tribunal to the Barisan
Nasional (BN) Committee on land issues chaired by Sabah
Secretary General Datuk Henrynus Amin said the idea of a
native land tribunal was very good and the party expects
its implementation by the relevant authorities.
Sabah has identified land issues as one of its priorities
with the Chief Minister himself now taking the lead to find
solution. We will discuss and make recommendation to the
state government," he said in a statement, here Wednesday.
was commenting on the proposal of a native land tribunal
by Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak, Richard Malanjum during
the recent seminar held at University Malaysia Sabah (UMS).
PBS was fully aware and sympathetic to the numerous cases
of unresolved land dispute between villagers and big companies
where illiterate and ignorant villagers may have lost their
native land to big companies through fraudulent means.
were cases where villagers were duped into selling their
land or forced to sign unfair agreement by unscrupulous
land brokers who then sold the agricultural land to land
developers at higher prices," he said.
PBS was seriously looking into cases where illegal syndicates
actively applied for native land without title and without
the knowledge of unsuspecting land owners who may have fully
developed their land under the native customer rights.
said the numerous reports of victims of these syndicates
who use greedy proxies and worked closely with corrupt government
officials to rob NCR land from native land owners was simply
in most cases, aggrieved villagers or native land owners
had no means to get legal redress as they could not afford
the hefty legal fee.
there were some legal assistance rendered by NGOs or in
some cases politically motivated lawyers in the past, the
long process and cost of traveling back and forth to Kota
Kinabalu had deterred them from pursuing their cases,"
result the vast majority of aggrieved villagers or native
land owners simply had no access to legal assistance."
said the proposed native land tribunal should provide aggrieved
native land owners or NCR owners with an easy and affordable
venue to seek legal redress in their land dispute just like
how house buyers or consumers can get legal redress for