Four Tongod villages affected by oil palm plantation
KINABALU, Sep 28: Four villages in Tongod are affected by an oil palm
plantation, claimed a supreme council member of Sabah Progressive Party
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Peter Marajin said the villages of Napagang, Maragatan, Lumingkau and
Tongodon were now reduced to small plots of lands along a main road,
surrounded by the palm oil plantation.
He said the Dusun-Sungei communities had always been against the
plantation, and in fact they went to court in 2004 to plead for their
native customary right (NCR) case, but they were only given small
pockets of land along a road.
Marajin who presented a talk on NCR and land issues to the local
villagers there, was told that about 482 villagers from the four
villages “lost” their NCR land to a company.
He said it was shocking to hear the stories from the native
Dusun-Sungei folks who were denied legitimate rights to NCR in their
own backyard, the lands that they had been toiling and wanting to plant
for the betterment of their families.
Marajin, who is a lawyer, has promised to look further into the case.