July 2012 – KOTA KINABALU: A tribunal to deal with native land matters is urgently needed in Sabah, says lawyer Kong Hong Ming here today.

He said the State Land and Survey Department cannot handle the number of land claims and need a better approach to solve the problem. “There are some 7,115 claimants to land in various districts and are still waiting for their applications to be processed. “Some have been going back and forth asking for feedback and development for a long time,” he told reporters when met at the court complex.

Kong said the idea for the land tribunal was initially proposed by Chief Justice of Sabah and Sarawak, Tan Sri Richard Malanjum earlier this year to which the state government had welcomed. “I suggest that all parties who are well versed in laws concerning land matters be involved in this tribunal. Let’s give it a try and see how it goes,” he added. — BERNAMA

Source:  New Straits Times.