Tarat rep to look into plight of title-less Beratok families

Datuk Roland Sagah Wee Inn

By Peter Sibon

KUCHING, Feb 15: Tarat Assemblyman Datuk Roland Sagah Wee Inn will assist his constituents, especially the 12 Beratok villagers who highlighted their plight to DayakDaily yesterday.

“My advice to the Kapitan and the applicants is to see me with all the relevant documents as claimed.

“My service centre and Ministry office are always open. Only then I could refer to the relevant authorities for verification and answers. I am not in the habit of making promises but I will assist deserving cases,” Sagah told DayakDaily today.

Sagah was responding to Beratok Kapitan Lee Syian Yih, who had told DayakDaily yesterday that there were 12 families in his village who have yet to get their land titles even though they have been living there for the past three decades.

Lee also disclosed that there were about 350 families in Beratok village, who have received their land titles except for the 12 families.

According to Lee, out of the 12 families, four families were from Sri Aman and they were asked to resettle by the authorities during the signing of Sri Aman Peace Treaty time. Another four families were squatters but ones who had settled for decades. The remaining four families, bought their houses from the original settlers for more than 30 years ago.

A Beratok resident Simon Lai Kim Hoi, 44, was one of those who have highlighted his plight to DayakDaily yesterday.

Lai said he moved there when he was 3 years old and has applied for the land title for at least 20 times.

“Now my father had passed away, and I am still applying. I have applied about seven to eight times by now and my application has yet to be approved. I hope the government can look into our issue and expedite our applications. After all, we are true residents and have been residing here for more than three decades,” said Lai.

As for the request for a hawker centre and a public toilet, Sagah who is also the Assistant Minister advised the Kapitan to make an application to the local council.

The current hawker centre in Beratok Bazaar is a makeshift structure, built by the hawkers themselves in a car park by a roadside. —DayakDaily