Why Warisan is Rushing to Gazette 90 Villages in Forest reserve Areas?

Posted: November 11, 2019 in Musa Aman, North Borneo, Parti Warisan Sabah, politics, Sabah, Sabah Politics, Shafie Apdal
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The Warisan-led Sabah Government has agreed to gazette all 90 villages that are in the State’s forest reserve areas. The decision was made at a State Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Mohd Shafie Apdal. They will bring it up at the Sabah State Legislative Assembly sitting this November. The villages included in the districts of Kota Belud, Tamparuli, Tuaran, Tenom, Lahad Datu, Beluran and Pulau Banggi.

Under Shafie Apdal, now they can occupy forest reserves which Musa Aman in the past did his best to save.

Musa Aman even expanded forest reserves during his time, but now Shafie is doing the opposite.

Under Musa, Sabah had a total of 746,564.91ha in fully certified forest reserves, with 675,691.68ha under natural forest management and 70,873.23ha in tree plantations.

Who is to know who has legitimate claims, compared with spurious demands made by encroachers and in-comers looking to make fortunes from logging from these forest reserve areas? And even when it is a genuine claim for community customary land, if the demand from that community is to convert natural forest, what should be done? Should the protection of the forest or the rights of the community be the priority?

On the rights to land ownership, proper procedures and regulations are to be adhered first. In this case has proper studies been done?

Why rushing to gazette all the 90 villages in the forest reserves areas? Are those villagers Shafie’s vote bank? Or is it because of the November 28th Musa Aman’s Court of Appeal hearing? Or is it because of a pre-Christmas Sabah snap election?

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