YB: Excise Safoda land and give to people
Published on: Tuesday, December 07, 2021
By: Hayati Dzulkifli
Kota Kinabalu: Pintasan Assemblyman Fairuz Renddan proposed that reserve lands in the Sabah State Forestry Development Authority (Safoda) be gazetted for the people.He said these lands can be removed from the Safoda reserve land list and give the ownership to the villagers because they need land to build houses, cultivate crops and raise livestock. “There is a need to study this proposal because the locals have been living in the reserve lands for a long time and have applied to own the land, but failed because the land is declared as belonging to Safoda,” he said.
To achieve the goals of 2022 State Budget 2022 with its theme of Recovering Economy, Prosperous People, he said re-evaluation and granting ownership of reserve lands to the people can be a contributing factor to the state’s economic recovery and people’s wellbeing. “I am sure that land problems do not only arise in my area in Pintasan, but also in other areas throughout Sabah and hopefully the State Government can consider this proposal, in the interest of the people,” he said. Fairuz also suggested that a communication tower to be built in Kg Toburon, Kota Belud to provide telecommunication network benefits for residents of Kota Belud to Kudat and Kota Kinabalu. “Recently, the Federal Government announced that five communication towers will be built in Sabah to ensure that broadband and wireless communication can be maximised and used by the entire population of Sabah. “I am confident that if a tower is built in the Kota Belud area, this infrastructure will definitely help residents to keep pace with the advancement of communication technology and change their lifestyle in terms of education, economy and social,” he said. Fairuz, who is also Bersatu Sabah Armada (Youth) head also advised cyclists who held the sports activities to always be careful and not to neglect safety aspects while cycling.
“Cycling activities have become part of the new norm of today’s society to live a healthy lifestyle, but the safety aspect should always be a priority and not neglected. “This is because there are still many cyclists seem to give less priority to safety, especially when cycling in large groups and competing among themselves on the road. “This can invite danger to them and other road users, because sometimes, these cyclists do not use sports suits suitable for cycling activities, do not wear safety helmets and do not install lights while cycling at night,” he said. Fairuz asked the local authority (PBT), Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK), Works Ministry and related agencies to draw up a long-term plan for cycling activities such as the provision of suitable cycling tracks on all roads throughout Sabah. “Apart from being able to save the lives of cyclists while they are cycling on special tracks, we can also cultivate a healthy lifestyle among our people through leisure activities, with the right channels. “I believe if we have the determination from the government, we will definitely be able to implement a harmonious atmosphere for all Sabahans, God willing,” he said.