District demarcation to be reviewed: Hajiji
The Sabah Government is to review a recent demarcation of districts following a protest by Maang villagers who found their 13 villages “relocated” from the Penampang District to Putatan. Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Hajiji Nor said the Ministry would heed the complaints by the villagers and “do the best in the interests of all”. The district demarcation was carried out by the office of the State Secretary. The matter would be raised at the State Cabinet meeting, Hajiji told reporters after a graduation ceremony for the Kota Kinabalu, Tuaran, Penampang and. Gaya GiatMara activity centres at the Menggatal community hall, here yesterday. Last week, people from the 13 villages of Maang protested to their community leaders over the 14 “relocation” of their villages to the Putatan District following the demarcation of districts. On Monday, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Bernard Dompok spoke against the “relocation” and appealed to the State Government to review the demarcation. Dompok said he would write to all the Cabinet Ministers about this. “Don’t forget the formation of District Councils needs Federal Government approval ... (I) will have to register with the Federal Government my objection that this boundary cannot be in the manner that the State Government has approved.” This,-in the long-term would not serve the constituency well, Dompok who is also United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organization (UPKO) President said. According to him, he had brought to the attention of Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman the grievances of the people and had also written to the latter about the issue. “I have also asked the Barisan Nasional (BN) Penampang to discuss the issue and all were in agreement that the new Penampang boundary should not be smaller that what has been gazetted in the Penampang parliamentary constituency,” he said.