Naroden says MACC, police probe will shed light on ‘land grab’ claim

Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais - file pic

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By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, Dec 11: Gedong assemblyman Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais welcomes the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the police to investigate the Kampung Lubok Bunting alleged ‘land grab’ case.

“I welcome SPRM (MACC) and PDRM (the police) to come to investigate so that the right information and facts of the whole issue can be sought,” said Naroden, who is also Assistant E-Commerce Minister, in a WhatsApp response to DayakDaily today.

He was responding to the call by Kampung Lubok Bunting villagers today for him to clarify why a company was issued rights over more than 2,500 acres that was intended for a proposed village expansion scheme.

Customary Land Rights-cum-Kampung Lubok Bunting Expansion Scheme Site Working Committee chairman Hapeni Fadil had made the call. He and other villagers, represented by lawyer Dominique Ng, lodged a report over the case with MACC this morning.

Last Friday, Ng and 45 villagers alleged that there was a land grab in their village by a company with the assistance of an elected representative.

Naroden said since the request for clarifications has been lodged as a complaint with the MACC, he would reply in full as directed by the authority.

“As this request for clarification was already lodged as a complaint with the relevant authority, I would prefer my full reply to be directed to the same authority as to whether the land mentioned by the self-appointed chairman of the Village Development and Security Committee (JKKK) is, in fact, meant for the Kampung Lubok Bunting extension programme or for helping those without land in the constituency of Simunjan (which was formerly known as N21 Simujan).

“The relevant agency will be provided with the detailed chronology of the applications leading to the approval (by the Land and Survey Department), which was made sometime in 2000 or 2001.

“The Kampung Lubok Bunting JKKK itself has also come forward and said they will inform the relevant authority on who are the real shareholders of the land as there are doubts on whether those appearing in the photographs are genuine land owners,” said Naroden.

Naroden said he is overseas at the moment on official duty, adding that he would reply officially to the relevant authorities, including MACC and the police. — DayakDaily