State Govt: FMUs confer community rights
KINABALU, April 29, 2011: At the Sabah Legislative Assembly, Thursday,
28 April, 2011 - In a belated recognition of native villages in forest
reserves, the State Government has finally acknowledged that FMUs do
confer community rights on villages within the FMUs, Chief Minister
Datuk Musa Aman conceded that the State Government is studying all
village settlements in forest reserves.
At the moment, the status quo of these settlements would be maintained
provided there is no expansion activities in the area concerned, he
For original villages that had been included in the Forest Management
Unit (FMU) concession areas, he said a solution was made by creating a
Community Compartment where the development of this compartment would
take into account participation of the community there.
The State Government would assist original settlers in Forest Reserves
who volunteered to move out to the resettlement areas outside the
reserves, such as those in Salarom Taka, Sapulut and Nabawan, he said.
In this respect, among the issues that the Forestry Department would be
looking at is to identify the time the area was occupied whether before
it was gazetted as forest reserve and whether the people there are the
Apart from that, there was also problem of encroachers from other
districts who take away possession of lands occupied by the indigenous
community of a particular area.
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