Locals should be allowed to own land: Kurup
Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) president Tan Sri Joseph Kurup said local residents in Bingkor should be given priority to own land gazetted under the Bingkor Native Reserve (BNR). “Many people from this area are landless and they should given priority to apply for the land,” he said after receiving new PBRS memberships at Kampung Monggitom here recently. More than 300 PBRS members, including Bingkor divisional chief Jailin Lian and State PBRS Youth chief Vincent Lee attended the function. Kurup has received reports from local community leaders in Bingkor who claimed that local outsiders were applying for the BNR land. “I believe this matter can be settled by the Government by cancelling the applications of those who have no connection with the area (BNR),” he said. Kurup who is also the Sook Assemblyman, also said that the late processing of the land applications had caused many applications to be duplicated in Sook. “I also found that many Bingkor people are landless and they have the right to be given priority to apply for the land,” he added. At the function, Kurup received 54 PBRS new membership forms from Kampung Monggitom Ulu PBRS branch coordinator chief Jinuin Dunggis.