Thursday, August 19, 2010

NCR land: Former SUPP Minister sues PBB Treasurer-linked company

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By Joseph Tawie

KUCHING: A former SUPP assistant Minister of Agriculture and Community Development, Ramsay Jitam, is suing a company linked to Datuk Abdul Hamid Sepawi for taking away his ancestral land. Datuk Abdul Hamid Bin Sepawi is the Treasurer of PBB.

Jitam has filed a writ of summons against Khidmat Mantap Sdn Bhd, a whole-owned company by Naim Cendera Holdings (controlled by Datuk Hasmi Hasnan and Datuk Abdul Hamid Sepawi) over a piece of land measuring 12.141 ha which he claimed to be his Native Customary Rights (NCR) land.

The land which he and his brother Harold Jitam inherited from his ancestors is part of lot 533 block 14 Muara Tuang land district, Kuching.

The writ of summons which was filed early this month also named the superintendent of Lands and Surveys, Kota Samarahan and the State government as second and third defendants respectively.

A former deputy commissioner of police, Jitam retired in 1983 and joined the Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP).

He was elected as the state assemblyman for Lundu from 1983 until 2006 and held the post of Assistant Minister in Taib’s cabinet.

Meanwhile, Naim Holdings, confirmed its subsidiary has received the writ of summon.

Naim is seeking advice from its solicitors and has instructed them to take all the necessary steps to vigorously defend KMSB’s interest and position.

“We do not foresee any material, financial or operational impact on the group as a result of the receipt of the summons as KMSB is in possession of valid document of title.

“We have in our possession a valid document of title issued by the Land and Survey Department, pursuant to the provisions of the Sarawak Land Code,” Naim in a statement to FMT.

“KMBS, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Naim Holdings, is not a major company pursuant to para 1.01 of the listing requirements.

“Total cost of investment in KMBS is RM2.00,” it said, pointing out that it would not incur any losses arising from the summons.

The date of hearing is yet to be fixed by the court.

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