All 90 villages in forest reserves to be gazetted
PENAMPANG: The Sabah government has agreed to gaze e all 90 villages that are in the state’s forest reserve areas, said the State Rural Development Minister Datuk Ewon Benedick.
He said the decision was made three days ago at a state cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.
The villages included in the districts of Kota Belud, Tamparuli, Tuaran, Tenom, Lahad Datu, Beluran and Pulau Banggi, he told reporters a er launching the Penampang Tourism Association near here yesterday.
In another development, Ewon, who is Kadamaian State Assemblyman said the cabinet had also agreed to the se ing up of a special commi ee on rural tourism.
The commi ee, to be represented by the Rural Development Ministry and the Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry, will look into improving relevant policies and infrastructure, as well as to help promote and market rural products, he added.
He said the commi ee would be chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina Liew.