SEMPORNA – The Sabah government has approved 690 hectares of state-owned land in Mukim (sub-district) Lihak-Lihak, here, to be given to about 200 deserving families there.
Bugaya assemblyman, Datuk Ramlee Marhaban said giving of the government land through the fast concept was aimed at enabling the local residents to raise their standard of living towards eradicating poverty in Semporna.
“This is among the government’s development agenda by giving people plots of land to carry out activities that can help eradicate poverty in the district,” he said after a programme with the people, here, Sunday.
Ramee said the approval letter had been received by the Semporna district officer, who would forward the matter to the Tawau Land and Survey Department for surveying work to be done before the launching of the residents’ land ownership in February.
He said the land given should be worked on immediately by growing crops like oil palm and fruit trees.
“The land owned by them (the residents involved) cannot be sold or transferred,” he stressed.
On the issue of Sabah being the poorest state in the country being played up by the opposition, he said the accusation was just to incite to gain sympathy from the public.
Ramlee, who is also state Assistant Minister of Finance, said Sabah was on the right track with the government’s various programmes carried out towards achieving zero poverty level.
“It cannot be denied that if in the survey statistics there are still poor people in the state, but each year the number has dropped drastically,” he said.