Lo rebukes Aziz’s allegation of not fighting for land titles for Kg Tematu and Kg Semeba villagers

Lo (seated left) during a courtesy call to the office of Land and Survey Department director in August 2020 to discuss the issue of land titles together with Batu Kitang community leaders.

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By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, May 3: Batu Kitang assemblyman Lo Khere Chiang has rebutted the allegation of Democratic Action Party (DAP) Batu Kitang branch’s chairman Abdul Aziz Isa for not fighting to obtain land titles for the owners of Kampung Tematu and Kampung Semeba near here.

Lo in a press statement today said Aziz should not seek political mileage and pour cold water on the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government as he has worked hard to ensure that the villagers are given the land titles that they deserved.

“I have personally worked hard on this issue to ensure that the villagers are given the land titles they deserved.

“On August 17 last year, I went with the community leaders, Penghulu Hajjah Sabtuyah, Ketua Kampung Thomas Gowen from Kpg Semeba and Ketua Kampung Geoffrey Tahang of Kpg Tematu to meet up with the Director of Land and Survey Department.

“The Director has himself assured us that land titles will be issued to the eligible land owners.

“I myself have been an assemblyman for the last five years while Thomas was there only for two years and Geoffrey over a year.

“Despite our short term (connection), we have been trying to solve whatever problems faced by the constituency in Batu Kitang.

“We cannot be tackling all problems within a month as every matter brought forward to us is of importance,” he said.

Lo added the Land and Survey Department also needs time to vet through the applications for the land titles in Kampung Tematu and Kampung Semeba.

Thus, Lo who is also the Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) chairman is disappointed with Aziz who continued to attack the GPS government on the issue.

Hence, he opined that the term “Lembu punya susu, sapi dapat nama” (which in Malay literally means getting the credit out of someone else’s work) suited Aziz very well. — DayakDaily