By John Isaac
DAP Batu Kitang Chairman Abdul Aziz Isa rebutted allegations that he was seeking political mileage by raising the issue of delays over the issuance of land titles for Kpg Semeba and Kpg Tematu.
Batu Kitang state assemblyman Lo Khere Chiang had earlier said Abdul Aziz should not seek political mileage and pour cold water on the GPS government as he had allegedly worked hard to ensure the villagers are given the land titles as deserved.
Lo claimed he had personally worked hard on the issue to ensure the villagers are given the land titles.
“Lo said that he went with community leaders to meet the Director of the Land and Survey Department on August 17, 2020. By referring to the meeting, he claimed that the Director had himself assured that the land titles will be issued to the eligible land owners,” said Abdul Aziz.
He said Lo did not disclose when the Director will issue the land titles, making the timeline on the issuance unclear.
This is because the words “will be issued” is rather vague and ambiguous as it can be before the election or after the state election or after the general election.
“Secondly, Lo did not disclose who the eligible land owners are, which makes the villagers wonder if some of them have been classified as ‘ineligible’.
This is because when they first applied for the land titles, there was no one left behind in the application process.
“Thus, Lo should be clear of the timeline and the eligibility of the land owners
“Also, why is it taking so long for the department to vet through the applications? What did they do for the past 20 years in office? Is the Department experiencing a shortage of staff to vet through the applications which has gone on for the past 20 years?,”
Abdul Aziz, who is also Stampin Dapsy Chief asked why Lo had never raised the issue during the DUN sitting for the past five years.
“The issuance of the land titles has been delayed for 20 years and saying the Department needs time to vet through the applications is totally ridiculous,” he stressed.
He also said that Lo’s claims that he had ‘personally’ worked hard to ensure the villagers are given the land titles that they deserved was a misrepresentation.
“If it is true that he has ‘personally’ worked hard on this issue, then why is the issuance of the land titles delayed for 20 years? Can Lo reasonably clarify which part he has ‘personally’ worked hard on for the land titles?,”
Abdul Aziz also said Lo should know that it was not him who started the initiative to apply for the land titles in 2001.
“Instead, the villagers themselves worked hard for it. Lo is too full of himself claiming to have worked hard on it.
“Hence, when Lo opined that the term “lembu punya susu, sapi dapat nama” (which in Malay literally means getting the credit out of someone else’s work) to me, the Malay proverb actually suits him very well.
“I urge Lo to stop playing tai chi and making nonsensical comments pertaining to the issuance of the land titles for both Kpg Semeba and Kpg Tematu.
“If GPS is sincere about helping the villages, the issuance of the land titles must be done before end of May 2021. Don’t wait for the state election to come to take action because by doing so, it just goes to show that GPS is lacking sincerity. Don’t hold the Bidayuh voters for ransom,” stressed the special assistant to DAP chairman, Chong Chieng Jen.