Sunday, Mar 26 2017
KOTA KINABALU: Upko is confident the issue of Kampung Bobotong can be resolved amicably, said acting president Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau.
Tangau said he had discussed the matter with Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman who indicated to him solutions to the problem.
This included move to excise the Bobotong settlement from the forest reserve albeit with conditions.
“I have spoken to the Chief Minister yesterday and I proposed that the Bobotong settlement be excised out of the forest reserve in a similar scheme that has been implemented by the government in other parts of Sabah,” said Tangau in a statement here Sunday.
Tangau who is Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation met with Musa during the ground breaking ceremony of the Persatuan Bajau Sama Sabah cultural building in Lok Batik, Tuaran on Saturday.
Tangau said that he has taken a personal interest of the Bobotong community over the last few years.
He said the community had been requested to ensure that no new settlers encroach to other parts of the forest reserve and to indicate their cultivations in the settlement to pave way for the move to excise out their settlement.
The community had done that and Tangau had written letters to the State Government proposing for a solution to their problem.
The plight of Kampung Bobotong people made headlines after their houses and other structures in the settlement were demolished by the forestry enforcement officers last week.