Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

Gana Folks Look Forward To Better Standard Of Living And Economic Opportunities

KOTA MARUDU (March 16, 2014): The agropolitan programme at the Gana resettlement has taken off and can become a model for a successful modern agropolitan scheme, said Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Maximus Ongkili.

He said the agropolitan programme involving planting of rubber on about 500ha of land under the Lembaga Industri Getah Sabah scheme is set to change the landscape of the remote village.

The village is home to 450 families from 10 villages scattered within and adjacent to the Lingkabau Forest Reserve who were relocated through the Gana Resettlement and Integrated Development Project in 1997.The community there comprises mainly the Kadazandusun sub-ethnic of Sonsogon and Lingkabau, who number less than 30,000.

“The rubber planting scheme is expected to derive income for the participating families and elevate their living status,” said Dr Maximus.

Also, he added, the construction of a 26km sealed road connecting the village to Kota Marudu town is almost complete, and will vastly improving access for the village which used to be a challenge on timber road.

“The road access will enable economic activities to be enhanced for the people and for more development to take place. The villagers also have much to look forward to as the project to provide them with better homes under RISDA is expected to take off in phases soon.

"The government has undertaken to replace the existing 450 homes given to the resettlers with better concrete homes in order to take care of their wellbeing and living conditions," he said.

The Kota Marudu MP was speaking to PBS members during the closing of the AGM held by the party branches in Mukim Gana on Saturday. On the way to the event he also made an aerial inspection on the progress of the Agropolitan programme, construction of the road and other amenities in the village.

Dr Maximus briefed the people that other basic amenities such as water supply were also being improved in the village.  The federal government has allocated about RM140mil for the rubber planting scheme, construction of the road and new houses as well as water supply, he told them.

“It has taken some time, but efforts are already moving to ensure the people of Kg Gana enjoy better living standards, amenities and economic opportunities. It is only through the efforts of Barisan Nasional and the attention and hard work put in by the elected representatives that development can be brought to the rural folks including in Kota Marudu,” Dr Maximus said.