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Tongod folks get land wish
Published on: Friday, May 19, 2017

TONGOD: The aspirations and wishes of the rural communities here for over 30 years turned into reality when Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman presented communal titles for two villages and 509 individual land titles involving 17 villages, Thursday.

He handed a communal land title to 106 villagers of Kg Entilibon with total acreage of 1,584.14 acres whereby each got a 10-acre lot while another communal title involving total acreage of 580.19] acres was given to 85 villagers from Kg Mangkawagu with each entitled to a six-acre lot.

Musa also presented 509 individual land titles involving 4,229.12 acres to recipients from 17 villages.

"Presentation of the communal titles and the individual land titles are proof of the State Government's commitment to help the people to have own land that would enable them to toil the land with crops that could generate good returns.

"This will be a continuous effort that shows the government honours its promises and not just empty promises.

"Do not sell the land and pass them to your beneficiaries and their next generations for the sake of their future," he said, after opening a Kaamatan Festival at a hall in Kg Simpang Entilibon.

Musa also witnessed presentation of dividends to the participants of communal grant in Tongod from the Sabah Land Development Board (SLDB).

He also announced an approved funding to build a Tongod Sport Complex here so as to develop sport potentials in the district and to unearth talent among the youths to be State sport players at national and international levels.

Musa said the State Government would look into a proposal by Kuamut assemblyman cum Youth and Sport Assistant Minister Datuk Masiung Banah to develop Tongod as a stop centre for tourists.

On a proposal to upgrade the status of Tongod into a district council, he said it would be brought to the State Cabinet before any decision can be made.

Also present were Kinabatangan MP Datuk Bung Moktar Radin, Masiung and Tongod District Officer Robert Stidi.

Musa also officiated a new hall in the village that was completed last year via the State government funds.

While officiating Kaamatan Festival in Telupid, Musa said the development needs that was voiced out by Labuk assemblyman Datuk Seri Michael Asang would be further looked into.

However, he said, a multipurpose in the area would be upgraded considering that many villagers are using the facility.

Also present were Beluran MP Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee and Telupid district officer Benedict Asmat. - Mardinah Jikur

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