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Our MP cheated us, claim natives

By Luke Rintod of FMT
Trusting natives in two villagers in Sabah have alleged that an
Umno MP had sold them out.
KOTA BELUD: Natives in Kampung Rampayan Ulu near here, who had placed their trust in a local MP Abdul Rahman Dahlan, recently learnt that he had allegedly ‘sold’ their land to a private company.

The Muslim natives, known as the Iranuns, claimed that Umno parliamentarian Rahman had ‘supported’ a local company’s bid to takeover 1,200 hectares of their native customary rights (NCR) land in the village.

The villagers’ disclosure has shocked many quarters, who until now thought that only the KadazanDusun community’s NCR rights, were being trampled on by companies with powerful links to the state’s powers-that-be.

According to the villagers, Rahman was at the land office when the company’s bid was approved.

“We have a copy of his letter supporting it and we found out that the MP was there when the district’s Land Utilisation Committee (LUC) approved, in August 2010, a plan to give the land to the company, over our NCR claims.

“This case is now on the table of our Chief Minister, as land matters are state jurisdiction.

“We are now waiting for CM’s action to solve this fast,” said Akim Salleh, deputy chairman of a joint villages action committee, Jawatankuasa Bertindak Tanah Warisan Kg Rampayan.

Akim told FMT that the villagers might also write to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak soon because it involved government leaders.

Akim also said that he had received a letter signed by Suhakam secretary Jasmih Selamat on Friday assuring the villagers that the human rights commission would investigate the issue as it concerned their NCR rights and the human rights of natives.

More ‘deals’

Self-employed Akim, 54, said he was saddened by the fact they had trusted Rahman and asked him to be the middleman to solve their problem.

Rahman, Akim said, had agreed to help but never really took steps to seek a solution to it.

“He (Rahman) said one thing in front of us, but did different things behind us…I am sad,” Akim lamented.

According to Akim the company is helmed by two women entrepreneurs from Putatan.

He said the company was said to have a plan for a tourism project on their NCR land, which is near a beautiful and clean beach in Rampayan.

“There are also talk that they would want to take more lands in nearby area like Kampung Sarang… we don’t know what will happen,” he said.

Rampayan and Sarang are under the Tempasuk state constituency which is currently represented by Musbah Jamli of Umno.

Meanwhile, FMT learned that there has also been accusations levied against Musbah for supporting the company in question.

Musbah, locals claimed, was not agressively defending natives rights over their land.

Local observers here said the Rampayan land issue has a potential to culminate into protest votes against the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition in the coming general election if not solved according to the wishes of the natives’ NCR.

1 comment:

  1. Is he the MP always tweeting like crazy non stop?
    I heard he is shying away from a debate on Tambatuon Dam.... PKR Tempasuk, should get this MP to a debate on the 1,200 ha Rampayan land being alloted to a crony co now...


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