PAS sceptical of forest reserve move

Kota Kinabalu: The people of Sabah, especially the natives, should not be easily taken in by empty promises made by Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders in matters relating to State lands, said PAS Sabah Deputy Commissioner, Hamzah Abdullah.

Hamzah who is also chairman of Land, Squatters and Labour Bureau, PAS Sabah claimed the announcement by the Chief Minister that efforts were underway to change Forest Reserve land into State land to enable the natives to own them through communal titles, would only eventually benefits Umno and BN cronies at the end of the day.

“Promises and assurances only surface at a time when general election is imminent. People can anticipate that the forthcoming 13th General Election will be held at the latest in July next year to coincide with the Sarawak State election.

“This has been the culture among Umno and BN leaders for the past two decades or so.

They are so fond of making fake promises, which they knew will never be fulfilled but aimed only at hoodwinking the natives,” he said.

PAS Sabah, therefore, urged the people to be cautious against empty promises delivered by the Umno and BN leaders, he said.

The BN government, he said must have learnt a bitter lesson from the Sibu by-election where land issues in which most of the natives there were deprived and denied rightful owners of their ancestral lands “Had the result of the Sibu by-election been in favour of the BN government, PAS Sabah is pretty sure that land issue in Sabah will never surface,” he said.

Source : Daily Express Online

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