Does Shafie want to sell off state land, asks Musa

Musa Aman has questioned Warisan’s intention to do away with communal grants. (Facebook pic)

TAMBUNAN: Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman questioned Parti Warisan Sabah president Shafie Apdal’s motive for wanting to abolish the communal grants, which sees state land allocated to Sabah natives.

“Why? Does he want the land? It belongs to the people. The landowners can develop it any way they wish. The only difference is, the lands cannot be sold.

“So why is Shafie so adamant about abolishing this scheme? Does he intend on selling state land to outsiders?

“Be careful, don’t be fooled by him,” he said when introducing BN candidates for Keningau and Tambunan here today.

One of Warisan’s 13-point election promises is to abolish the “communal title” and replace it with individual or family titles. In the process, it says it wants to reform the Land and Survey Department to be more effective in processing the people’s land applications.

Musa explained that when he first introduced the scheme in 2010, his intention was to ensure all indigenous people in Sabah have land.

“Some people, when they have land, they will sell, thinking that they can always have more. But land is limited and our people should be landowners,” he said.

Earlier in his speech, Musa explained that the decision to nominate Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) president Joseph Pairin Kitingan in the Tambunan state seat was to strengthen Barisan Nasional (BN) in the interior.

Musa, who is also Sabah BN chairman, said he had discussed with Prime Minister Najib Razak to ask Pairin to stand again in this election.

“Pairin must be given the chance because his involvement in this election will help strengthen the BN in the interior.

“At first, he repeated his intention to retire from politics, but eventually we managed to convince him to stand once again,” he said.

Musa slams Shafie’s plan to end ‘communal titles’