Warisan: PBS stole our idea on Felda land review

Terrence-Siambun-Maximus-Ongkili-Shafie-ApdalKOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan Sabah claims PBS acting president Maximus Ongkili’s call for Sabah to review the agreement with Felda was not something new and, in fact, echoed what Warisan president Shafie Apdal had raised much earlier.

A proposal to review the agreement signed between the Sabah government and Felda was actually first raised by Warisan not long after the party was established, the party said in a statement today.

“Shafie, in January of this year, announced a Warisan government would direct the state attorney-general to re-look the agreement to take back land that has not been utilised as settlements,” said Warisan treasurer-general Terrence Siambun.

Terrence, who is also Moyog assemblyman, said Shafie had made the announcement when speaking at a Warisan Chinese New Year gathering in Likas.

“Shafie, who is Semporna MP and former federal rural and regional development minister, said Felda had been raking in millions of ringgit in profits annually at the expense of the people of Sabah.

“Reviewing the agreement with Felda was therefore not new and PBS acting president Maximus Ongkili was in fact echoing what Warisan has already raised much earlier.

“A Warisan Sabah government will take back land that has not been turned into settlements and place it under an agency so that the profits stay in Sabah.”

It was reported that PBS, after a supreme council meeting yesterday, had urged the Sabah government to review its agreement with Felda in Lahad Datu after its members claimed the land authority had failed to deliver on its agreement to provide settlements for landless Sabahans.