Monday, February 2, 2009




The Consumers Association of Sabah and Labuan (CASH) has called on Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman to intervene to resolve the problems facing more than 400 residents of Kampung Kiulu Baru Lumat in Beaufort who have been ordered to vacate their homes by Feb 4.

Its President, Datuk Patrick Sindu, said the affected residents were locals who had been staying there for a very long time and deserved to be treated humanely.

“If people in Pulau Gaya, who are outsiders, can easily be given comfortable homes in Telipok, there is no reason locals cannot be treated the same. Cash feels that the eviction notice is a serious matter. That’s why we want the Chief Minister, as the State’s chief administrator, to do something to protect the local residents.. .at least provide them with new homes in a new settlement area,” he told Bernama here yesterday.

He said this in response to a report in a local newspaper on the problems facing villagers in Kampung Kiulu Baru Lumat, following an eviction notice pasted at the village community hall ordering them to vacate the area. The notice was put up on Jan 24 by a company which claimed to be the owner of land occupied by the villagers. Most of the residents in the village are Kadazan dusun whose ancestors migrated there from Kiulu, Tuaran, some 35 years ago and it is learnt that they had applied to have the area gazetted as village land. In a related development, Patrick suggested that the State Land and Survey Department be revamped following numerous complaints on land matters from the public. He also suggested that a land tribunal be set up in Sabah.