The Pas-led Kelantan government should stop taking the land which rightfully and legally belongs to the people of Kuala Betis, Barisan Nasional's Nenggiri state assemblyman said.
Mat Yusoff Ghani whose constituency
in Nenggiri includes the disputed land in Kuala Betis where 378.8 ha of
land is being taken away from land settlers said:
“I don’t see why the government and
land office can take and sell the people’s land when they have managed
to acquire it legally.”
The BN representative told The Mole that previously the State’s Land Office had taken the people’s land claiming that it was not acquired properly.
“Today the settlers had acquired the
ownership and paid the land premium for the past seven years. About 600
ha of land were given and I don’t think it’s fair for the state
government to claim it back,” Mat Yusoff added.
He was commenting on a news report
where that the Kelantan government had taken and sold the 378.8 hectares
of land to a private company.
Utusan Malaysia reported
some 300 settlers from Kuala Betis claimed the Kelantan government had
approved land application to two companies in November last year and
land grants on Jan 28 this year.
When asked whether the Kelantan
government had clarified the matter to the settlers, Mat Yusoff said: “I
was informed that they had come to explain that these grants will be
“Still, the state government will
have to pay compensation to the company. I don’t understand how they can
simply approve land application without checking the status,” he added.
“Why can’t they let the Kelantanese develop their own land? Where is our right?”
A blog post in Outsyed The Box stated there is a sizeable development in the Gua Musang including logging activities.
“You see this all along the road
from Gua Musang to Kuala Krai. Timber is a major source of revenue as
well as a major source of corruption in Kelantan. It has been going on
for 22 years now. The phrase among the PAS in Kelantan is 'Ini harta
Allah, harta bumi' (This is Allah's wealth, the wealth of the earth).
They are clear-felling the forests,” the post read.
Commenting on this Mat Yusoff said:
“It is true that there are uncontrollable logging activities in Gua
Musang since 2002. I suggest you to come and see this for yourself.”
“I don’t know how much money the
state government gets from selling our land and stealing our natural
resources when it’s clear that the people have not benefitted from it.”