KOTA MARUDU: Chief Minister Musa Aman is an exemplary leader, who is working hard to ensure the people’s needs are met, according to local lawmaker Dr Maximus Ongkili.
“He likes to be everywhere with the grassroots in big towns, as well as in remote villages, to know first hand the needs of the people,” he said Thursday.
Ongkili who is also Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister further described his colleague in Barisan Nasional as someone who is determined to find solutions to the people’s problems.
“And he does that all year round and every year, unlike the opposition leaders that appear in towns and villages only when they smell the air of coming election.
“We support leaders exemplified by the Chief Minister who work tirelessly to improve people’s lot,” he said after accompanying Musa at the Rungus Cultural Festival at Kampung Teringai Laut, organised by the Persatuan Rungus Bersatu Sabah.
Ongkili further added that issue of customary land claims raised by locals involving Sabah Forestry Development Authority (SAFODA) concession area in surrounding Kg Mangin, Kg Tonsom and Kg Sungoi Darat has also been brought to Musa’s attention.
“I have discussed with the Chief Minister and he agreed to use the communal title approach to ‘excise’ truly native customary lands that have been developed by natives and meet conditions of the Land Ordinance.
Musa in his reply stressed that the people’s needs will always be top priority of the government.
“In addition, he (Musa) also acknowledged the potential of Pantai Teringai as tourism development and destination, and therefore advised orderly development of the area,” Ongkili concluded.
Also present were Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Masidi Manjun, Sabah State Secretary Sukarti Wakiman, Tandek Assemblywoman Anita Baranting and Kota Marudu District Officer, Arnold Joibi.