According to the State, there are five methods through which natives could apply for land and for the State to protect and preserve native land ownership as well as the Native Customary Rights.

The first method was to give ownership to natives through land application approval and up to December 2011, the State Government through the Land and Survey Department had registered 348,652 land titles.

The second method for Natives to acquire land was through the gazettement of State Land as Natives Reserve under Section 78 of the Sabah Land Ordinance.

The third method was through Communal Land Title under the amended Section 76 of the Sabah Land Ordinance that was gazetted on Dec. 10, 2009.

The fourth method was under Section 9 (1) of the Sabah Land Ordinance, which was to give ownership of the land to a government agency for agricultural development through a smart partnership with in-situ natives.

The fifth method through which land is given to Natives was through the enforcement of Section 9 (1) of the Sabah Land Ordinance, which required native equity ownership for 1,000 acres awarded to a company.

NOTE: Time and again, it was proven that all five methods have been abused and became the main source of Native land related problems. They have forgotten the 6th, well actually the 1st and foremost – the Adat Systems which is recognised under the law

Source: HERE

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