SIPITANG: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Mohd Shafie Apdal has called on the relevant authorities – the National Registration Department (NRD) in particular – to solve the problem faced by the Lundayeh people in Long Pasia who have neither birth certificate nor identity card (IC).
“During my visit here (Long Pasia), I met with some of the locals who complained that they never had a birth certificate, let alone an IC,” he said after visiting several areas in the village and presented the keys to the new building of (SK) Long Pasia Friday.
“They are not immigrants…they are locals who have been residing in the village for decades. So, we have to solve the problems and we call on the relevant authorities to come to Long Pasia as the people here do not have the means of transport to travel that far to Kota Kinabalu.”
The chief minister said the problems of the Lundayeh people not having birth certificate and identity card should be solved immediately as it would spell trouble for their children when they want to enter school.
“Without identity card, their children will not be able to enter school, let alone to pursue education at tertiary level. So, I have also asked Sipitang District Officer to help solve the problems,” he said.
On Sabah Education and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob’s proposal to reopen Long Pasia Airport, which had been closed for so long, Mohd Shafie said efforts to develop tourism products in the area should be undertaken first before the proposal could even be considered.
“What’s important is to develop the tourism products first…such as accommodation, eateries and interesting tourist spots.
“This place (Long Pasia) is a very beautiful place and there are so much that can be done like boosting the livestock and bamboo industries,” he said.
Long Pasia, with a population of approximately 1,000 people, is located about 130 km or six hours driving on timber road from here and bordering between Sabah, Sarawak and East Kalimantan, Indonesia.
The Chief Minister also visited another school, SK Meligan, on his way back to the State capital.