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COSS – Unfair to Sabah August 18, 2007

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The government decision on cooking oil stabilization scheme (COSS) without any consultation with the planters especially in Sabah is totally unfair. The government should do its homework first, as with the decision already reached to protect consumers and packagers, the government had overlooked Sabah planters, who is already being imposed 7.5% Sabah state tax few years back, now Sabah planters is being imposed another 2.5%, making it 10% because of the COSS, while in Peninsular and Sarawak planters are only being imposed 2.5%.

So who are going to help the Sabah planters for their extra losses, it’s not fair to Sabah, there is no transparency at all, it’s a one-way traffic. Have the government consulted the planters. It is against natural justice simply making decisions at their wimps and fancies. The government is asking too much. The planters have the right to say NO. It should be a win-win situation for all especially for Sabah that is the poorest state in the country. There are a lot of things to iron out here before a final decision is made.

And what about Fled in Sabah and SLDB (Sabah Development Board), are they being exempted because they are government agencies?

Press Statement by DAP Secretary General Lim Guan Eng in Petaling Jaya on 8.8.07

Peter Chin confused about cooking oil stabilization scheme (COSS) and in a State of Denial That Sabah Oil Palm Planters Lose Out More Than Peninsular Malaysia Planters Because He Ignores The Extra 7.5% Sabah State Tax.

Plantation Industry and Commodities Minister Datuk Peter Chin Fah Kui is clearly confused about COSS and in a state of denial that oil palm planters from Sabah lose out more than their counterparts from Peninsular Malaysia because he ignores the extra 7.5% Sabah state tax. Peter Chin denied two days ago that the government would collect RM1,790 million from oil palm planters as cess under the COSS to stabilize the price and ensure the supply of cooking oil to consumers. The estimate of RM1,790 million of cess collected is based on the average Crude Palm Oil (CPO) price of RM2,700 per tonne for 12 months.

In contrast, Chin is confusing the issue by projecting only about RM855 million in palm oil cess collection for the period from June this year to May next year, based on a price movement of between RM2,150 and RM2,650 per tonne for crude palm oil. He said cess of RM855 million would cover the RM788 million required for COSS to stabilize the ceiling price of cooking oil and compensate losses suffered by cooking oil packagers.

This confusing version by Peter Chin of the amount of cess collected and subsidies required for COSS is different from what was reported in the Daily Express of Sabah in May 2007. On 15 May 2007, Peter Chin estimated cess collected of RM661.2 million over the next 12 months. On 20 May, 2007, Peter Chin was quoted as saying that the Government would spend RM145.41 million under COSS to compensate the 11 cooking refineries and 193 packagers nationwide who have been suffering losses the past five months or about RM350 million subsidies required for COSS over 12 months.

Why is Peter Chin talking of RM855 million of cess collected now compared to RM661.2 million three months ago or COSS subsidies required of RM788 million now as compared to only RM350 million in May? What is clear from Peter Chin’s confusing two versions is that the cess collected far exceeds the COSS subsidies required.

DAP supports the COSS to ensure and affordable price of cooking oil to consumers. However COSS should not be used as a device to extract extra money over and above what is required from oil palm planters. Moreover, the extra company taxes collected by the government from oil palm planters following the rise in CPO price from RM1,500 last year to RM2,700 this year should be more than enough to cover the COSS subsidies.

There is no reason for the government to impose ces under COSS and DAP reiterates its call for its immediate abolition. This oil palm cess has also imposed an extra hardship for Sabah oil palm planters, who account for one-third of Malaysia’s oil palm production, because Sabah imposes a special 7.5% tax not imposed by other states. For Chin to say that the planters in the state were in fact enjoying better nett income due to the rise in the prices of CPO and FFB when compared to the gain made by plantation operators in Peninsular Malaysia shows that either he is in a state of denial or deceiving not only himself but also others.

Peter Chin should hold a dialogue with oil palm planters both in Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia to understand the problems and unhappiness faced by them. Implementing measures without any consultation is not only undemocratic but also unprofessional and would not inspire confidence in the competency of the government to make informed decisions.

LIM GUAN ENG

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Clogged plumbings – food & drinks stall owners suffering August 8, 2007

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water.jpgDAP Tawau branch  Secretary Chan Foong Hin and me visited the Tawau Pasar Tanjung on Sunday and stalls owners at the 3rd floor selling food and drinks were complaining that the council’s contractor is not doing a good repair and maintenance job as most of the stalls floor were wet due to clogged pipes and leakings.
There were many other complaints, among them tables and chairs that need replacement or repairs and garbage collection. I hope the Tawau Municipal Council (TMC) who is also the building owner of one of the biggest market in the country would come and have a closer look at the situation.
I am sure other stalls would had their business closed on the dot by TMC, however at its own building with clogged pipes, wet floor, unpleasant smells, dirty floorings, leakings, spoilt tables and chairs, business is allowed. Is this double standards? TMC should close the building and get it repaired, cleaned and repainted, before they tell other restaurants and food sellers about health, hygiene and cleanliness. 

Halt order -developer to met CM August 3, 2007

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On September 24, 2005 the developer of the 22 shoplots in Sabindo plans to met the Chief Minister to know the reason behind the stop work decision made by the cabinet.
Jeramas Sdn Bhd Managing Director, Haji Tahir Mohammad Yahya  said they would respect the Tawau Municipal Council (TMC) order to stop work after receiving a letter from the latter.
However he said they will only stop for 2 weeks, that is to wait until the Chief Minister is expected to be back from holiday.
Tahir said he will meet the Chief Minister to ask about the reason why his project was stopped by the government.

Open space – council to make police report August 3, 2007

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September 20, 2005 Tawau Municipal Council (TMC) will file a police report if the developer and its contractor failed to adhere to the halt order passed by the State cabinet recently to stop construction work on the controversial RM22 million of two blocks of building on an open space at Dunlop Road.
The construction at the site for 22 shoplots was still on yesterday when TMC’s President Tn Hj Salsidu Ibrahim went to inspect at about 11am.
Salsidu together with other TMC’s staffs went to the project site dubbed ‘project open space’ by the locals here to order the contractor to immediately stop work.
Salsidu when met by reporters at the site said he is carrying out the cabinet decision to stop the project pending investigation.
The contractor’s workers when told to stop said they do not know anything. After a while a representative of the developer came and Salsidu explained his visit.
The representative said their project is legal and said the work could be stopped momentarily but did not make any promises and said he would have to meet the developer Jeramas Sdn Bhd Managing Director, Haji Tahir Mohammad Yahya (deceased) who will be back from outstation later in the afternoon to discuss on the matter.
Before leaving the project site Salsidu said if the work doesn’t stop TMC will make a police report. It was also learnt that TMC had delivered a letter to the developer on Monday at 3pm.
On Monday, the developer make a press release at 12.15pm and said the work would not be stopped unless the developer receive a halt order in black-and-white.
Jeramas Sdn Bhd Managing Director, Haji Tahir Mohammad Yahya said that they have not received any order yet to stop the project either through telephone or a letters from the authorities.
He said they have followed and abide the rules and laws when they first received the project. During that time (1996), they did not know that it was reserved for open space and he said that nothing was wrong with the agreement and they followed the regulation of the Government that approved the project.
The company was accorded the project in Dec 16, 1996 after a nine year wait.
He claimed that TMC had informed him that the open space had been re-zoned to another site.
Tahir wants to know the reason behind the halt order and asked for further clarification on why his project should be forced to  stop since he did not received any report or order to stop it.
“If the authority wants us to stop, there must be valid reasons on why we should stop. Besides, we have already sold at least half of the shop lots to potential buyers … who would be responsible to cover this loses?” he said.
He said he only read about the halt order from the newspapers and has not received any letters ordering the stop. He said the Chinese newspapers made a lot of reports and questioned why on his project only and not on other projects. The contractor Alex Kong who was also present said he only followed orders from the developer.
 
The project is divided into two blocks of 22 shoplots. Ten lots were allocated for Block A and 12 lots for Block D. Under the joint venture TMC has been allocated two lots in each blocks.  

Developer ignored CM’s order August 3, 2007

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On September 17, 2005 Natural Justice Group (NJG) was surprised that the work on the controversial project on the Sabindo open space is still on despite an announcement by the Local Government and Housing Ministry to halt.
NJG Chairman Jimmy Wong said the developer had ignored the directive and work is still on.
“We ask that a committee be formed and the three deputy chief ministers to be in the committee and if possible headed by the Chief Minister in order to win back the public confidence,” he said.
He said the Tawau people unanimously support the government not to compensate the developer and also called for an investigation on the five open space in Sabindo that had been given out for commercial development, and on the completed Sabindo Square as they believe abuse of power took place to get the project approved.
“The about 4 acres Sabindo Square should be for bus terminal and had been gazetted to ease traffic congestion but the opposite was done. The site was made into a commercial area and busses were only given roofing and it does not look like a terminal,” he said.
“We call on the minister involve to see the situation at Sabindo Square,” he said. 
“The problem (open space) is very big and involvement of high authorities is needed. All such project that is not right should be investigate and any government authority that approved the project should be responsible,” he said.

Activist call gov to gazette open space August 3, 2007

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On Sept 15, 2005Natural Justice Group (NJG) urged the Government to check whether the directive released a few years back to identify and gazette open space and green lungs in the state had been implemented.
NJG Chairman Jimmy Wong said the government had announced its seriousness in preserving open space and green lungs, but questioned whether it had been done.
“It was announced in 2003, and if it had been done, the approval for commercial development in Sabindo open space would not had taken place,” he said.
According to Jimmy at that time when the government announced the matter, abuse on open space was serious.
“Nationwide, there is only 18 percent of open space gazette and we hope the government could do a review on the state’s open space,” he said.
Touching on the Open space at Sabindo which had came under the Tawau community attention, he said under the by-law, a minimum10 percent is allocated for open space but in the case of Sabindo, the 10 percent open space had been approved for commercial development.   
“The open space in Sabindo is meant for car park. It had been taken away, but none had been provided back,” he said referring to the car park.
He said unscrupulous developers should not be compensate and urged the government to ensure tax payers money is not easily abused.
Jimmy questioned whether this is a new way of making fast money (get a contract approved then ask for compensation when project is stopped) by getting an approval to developed an area that should not get an approval and then claim for compensation when asked to stop.
He said the financial standing of the state government is bad and could not afford to pay compensation for a project that should not had taken place or get approval in the first place.
“People have the same nightmare again as cancellation of a project may end up with big compensation to other party that might be profitable to them,” he said.
“Only a few years ago, Sabah Port Authority have given a contract to a stevedore and later revoked it and had to pay about RM60 million for the mistake,” he said giving an example.
“We hope for a permanent stop to all this abuse, a stop to all this unscrupulous developers. The State government cancellation to this project is not enough as according to our information there are many that are already approved recently by the ministry,” he said.
He said similar projects are already coming into residential areas and that NJG is only pointing out that there are many more projects coming.
“Tawau Municipal Council have totally lost control of its open space and the cabinet must know,” he said adding that the cabinet should review and gazette all the open spaces if it is serious in preserving them.
After learning that the Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Hajiji Hj Noor had announced for an immediate stop to the project yesterday morning, Jimmy who was speaking to reporters near the project site with the piling work still on at 11am said the developer should take the order to stop honorably, clean up the site and return back the trees that were cut and the status quo.
 

Open space still on – CM’s order stop August 3, 2007

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On Sept 14 after the cabinet meeting the day before the project on the open space in Sabindo was still on as piling works were carried out without the slightest indication that the project had been directed to halt temporary by the Chief Minister pending the State cabinet meeting yesterday.
It was learnt that Tawau Municipal Council (TMC) had already drafted a letter to inform the developer to halt its activity, but the letter could not be delivered as TMC’s President Tn Hj Salsidu Ibrahim had not signed it as he is away in Kuala Lumpur to attend a meeting.
However, according to Sri Tanjung Assemblyman Samson Chin who called Salsidu, the TMC President had phoned the developers to stop work.
TMC had received a letter from the Local Government and Housing Minister, Datuk Hajiji Hj Noor directing TMC to stop the project temporarily until a decision is made by the government.
Samson in his statement in the local papers on said Local Government Minister Datuk Hajiji Hj. Noor told him the Permanent Secretary had wrote a letter to TMC instructing the project to stop. A copy of the letter had been sent to Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Pairin Kitingan and Datuk Chong Kah Kiat and also Samson.
Meanwhile Natural Justice Group vocal chairman Jimmy Wong said he was surprise to see piling works was still on  when he went to see the project site. About half of the open space parking lot had been fenced and piling works was being carried out.
“We have to be serious in this matters concerning open space,” he said showing a paper clippings of former Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said statement on Aug 27, 2003 that Sabah Government is as serious as the Federal Government in preserving open spaces including fore shore areas.
He also showed the Prime Minister’s statement when he was the DPM. In the August 17, 2003 statement in Bernama, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said vacant land provided for recreational purposes or other uses of local residents will now be gazetted and place under the jurisdiction of the state secretariat instead of the local authorities. The move is to prevent developers from developing such land for purpose, which were not specified in the approved structural development plan.
Jimmy said the Sabindo shop owners had 10 percent of vacant land when they bought the shop lots last time, but now it had been privatized and taken by others to develop more buildings.
“TMC is the local community’s trustee. TMC should protect the people’s interest and should not concentrate in collecting revenues only,” he said.
“In this issue, the Tawau people will not surrender and will fight to the end. The developer knew the 10 per cent land is reserve and cannot be develop, but it happen that the developer managed to have it develop,” he said adding that the signing of the contract was not transparent.
Jimmy said if the protest is successful, it does not benefit Tawau, but other district in the state as the vacant lands are disappearing fast.
The project site, one of five project sites in Sabindo was finally approved for endorsement in respect of the building plans and drawings during the Tawau Municipal Council (TMC) full board meeting in May this year (2005), but received disapproval from the community who were against the project from the start.
The project hit a snag and was stopped in the early 90s by former Chief Minister Datuk Pairin Kitingan during PBS time after it was objected by the Tawau Chinese Chamber of Commerce. The said project got untangles again and was re-approved in 1996 when BN came into power.
Earlier as the project was schedule to start, a joint letter of appeal written by the Tawau Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Tawau Bumiputra Chamber of Commerce, Indian Chamber of Commerce and Tawau Reporters Association had also been sent to the Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman requesting the project to be stopped with copies delivered to Hajiji and Samson.
  
 

Development on open space -MP hopes gov decide on public side August 3, 2007

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On Sept 14, 2005 Tawau Members of Parliament Shim Paw Fatt hope the decision made in the cabinet led by the Chief Minister on the open space issue here would be in favour of the Tawau community who are totally against the project.
Shim in a press conference that day said he had written three letters to the CM regarding the five open spaces that will be develop for commercial purposes.
He said his first letter to the CM on August 23 stated that a company had advertised in the Chinese daily to sell a 4 storey shop lots build on government land. This had met protest by the public including Tawau Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Tawau Indian Chamber of Commerce, Bumiputera Chamber of Commerce and Tawau Reporters Association. In the letter he also said the project is a joint venture between Tawau Municipal Council (TMC) and the private company. He also informed the CM that Sabindo at the moment have sufficient shop lots but not car parks and by turning a car park area into commercial will cause traffic congestion.
In his second letter to the CM on Sept 9, he said he reported that the developer has started work and at the same time the developer gave out a statement in the news that TMC will get 10 units of shop valued at RM10,000 and TMC will also receive annual revenue of RM300,000.
In the third letter on Sept 12, Shim said he informed the CM that it is his (Shim) responsibility to inform the CM on the signature campaign and growing resentment on the issue. Referring to the second letter, he told CM that the loss (open space) by the Tawau people could not be valued by money. TMC cannot make money on the expense of the public loss.
Shim said he hoped the cabinet decision (Sept 13) yesterday sided the public who doesn’t want to see vacant land become commercial purposes.
He said SAPP (Sabah Progressive Party) had already protest on the issue and was followed by several association and individuals.
Shim confirmed that the cabinet had agreed to study the case and he hoped the decision made would be in favour to the public.
Note : when Sabindo was developed the five sites had been allocated for open space to use as car park or recreation. The five sites are 10 percent of Sabindo and were earmarked before Sabindo was developed.

Change for a better Tawau August 3, 2007

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Change for a better Tawau
DAP has already made known its intention to contest the Tawau’s Parliament seat and Sri Tanjung state seat in the coming general election.
We need your support to put things straight and “Change for a better Tawau”, we need strong opposition voice in the government for check and balance.
We are losing our open spaces, car parks, and recreational parks. Our town is becoming a ‘rojak town’ with no proper planning, what more with the controversial commercial developments that are currently taking places in Sabindo. Is this what we want less and less for the public?
I am not against developments, but it must go hand-in-hand with the public interest as the utmost importance. Public interest must come first in every aspect of the town planning.
We need to push for elected council President and councillors. The people should choose who they want as their councillors so the interest of the people would be safeguard.
I pray the Tawau people understand the importance of having good governance and check and balance as the future of Tawau is in your hands. Give DAP a chance to prove that it is sincere to represent and fight for the people, and to bring positive changes to Tawau.
To change Tawau, it needs a strong opposition voice in the parliament and cabinet, so our main goal is to secure a state and parliament seat. We hope the people would give us the chance to perform and be the check and balance for them. Justice for Sabah and Tawau.

Chronicle of Sabindo open space August 3, 2007

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The controversial Sabindo commercial shoplots saga
  
August 27, 2005 Tawau’s plan to develop open-space hits snag after the local community here had voiced their disagreement and plan to rescue the few remaining open spaces that had been approved for developments of shoplots.
  
Local Government Minister Datuk Hajiji Hj. Noor said he would discuss with the Attorney General regarding the five open spaces sites in the municipality here after the matter was brought to his attention.
  
September 11, 2005 about 6,800 signed against project. SAPP, MIC and Natural Justice Group joint hands to protest against the development of a shophouse on an open space that is used for car parking bays in Sabindo. The project development on the open space also know as ‘Dataran’ had received objection from the community here who wants the open space for recreation and parking.
  
September 13, 2005 the cabinet halted the project.
  
September 14, 2005 the work on open space still on, CM’s directive to stop ignored.
  
September 14, 2005 Tawau Members of Parliament Shim Paw Fatt hope the decision made in the cabinet led by the Chief Minister on the open space issue here would be in favour of the Tawau community who are against the project.
  
September 15, 2005 NJG urge gov to implement directive and gazette open space and green lung. Natural Justice Group (NJG) urged the Government to check whether the directive released a few years back to identify and gazette open space and green lungs in the state had been implemented. NJG Chairman Jimmy Wong said the government had announced its seriousness in preserving open space and green lungs, but questioned whether it had been done.
  
September 17, 2005 Natural Justice Group (NJG) was surprised that the work on the controversial project on the Sabindo open space is still on despite an announcement by the Local Government and Housing Ministry to halt. NJG Chairman Jimmy Wong said the developer had ignored the directive and work is still on yesterday.
  
September 20, 2005 TMC to make police report if developer does not stop. Tawau Municipal Council (TMC) will file a police report if the developer and its contractor failed to adhere to the halt order passed by the State cabinet recently to stop construction work on the controversial RM22 million of two blocks of building on an open space at Dunlop Road. The construction at the site for 22 shoplots was still on yesterday when TMC’s President Tn Hj Salsidu Ibrahim went to inspect at about 11am. Salsidu together with other TMC’s staffs went to the project site dubbed ‘project dataran’ and ‘project open space’ by the locals here to order the contractor to immediately stop work. Salsidu when met by reporters at the site said he is carrying out the cabinet decision to stop the project pending investigation.
  
October 22, 2005 the State government will leave ‘no stones unturned’ and is waiting for the investigation report regarding the ‘controversial’ Sabindo project before it is re-open to the public for car parking. State Secretary Datuk K.Y. Mustafa said the government will investigate the issue thoroughly because it has to consider many aspects and proposal by various quarters.
  
October 24, 2005 developer resume work at controversial Sabindo open space. The developer Jeramas Sdn Bhd instructed its contractor to resume work at the halted project in Sabindo open space after the developer did not received any replies from the ministry and local authority. Its managing Director Haji Tahir Mohammad Yahya who was at the site ordered the contractor to resume the piling works as they are already behind schedule.
  
October 25, 2005 Natural Justice Group (NJG) urged the State government to apply for a court injunction against Jeramas Sdn Bhd after the developer resumed work at the halted project in Sabindo open space despite the government order to stop.
  
October 27, 2005 Action against Tawau Municipal Council (TMC) for failure to take action against the developer on an open space in Sabindo. The ‘letter before action’ was delivered by Shim , Pang & Co who acted for Rev. James Wong and instructed TMC to take immediate steps to stop works and order the developer to remove all plants and equipments from the site within seven days or legal proceedings will be taken.
  
November 21, 2005 Sabindo developer told to respect government decision and stop.Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Hajiji Noor advised the Sabindo open-space developer to stop work and not to make things complicated as the ‘case’ is being handle by the Attorney General (AG).
  
November 23, 2005 vocal activist Jimmy Wong and the controversial Sabindo project contractor had a brief fight inside the site with both sustaining minor injuries.
  
November 24, 2005 a statement made by Mr Alex Kong, the Managing Director of the Joint Venture Developer – Aggasf Construction Sdn Bhd and Sub-Contractor for Jeramas Sdn Bhd. It stated it is the contention of the workers on the site that Jimmy Wong had provoked the workers whilst they were carrying out piling work in relation to the project.
  
December 3, 2005 Natural Justice Group (NJG) sent a memorandum of petition from the people of Tawau to the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to plea for reverse and to stop the unscrupulous trend of development in the town.
  
December 6, 2005 an amicable settlement should be worked out regarding the halted Sabindo project, as the reputation of the State Government and local authorities are at stake. Consumers Association of Sabah and Labuan (CASH) President Datuk Patrick Sindu who came to Tawau to see and find out on the situation of the Bandar Sabindo project after being approached by some purchasers who are facing dilemma after the project was halted said the government and local authorities reputation are at stake if the problem is not solved soon.
  
December 8 CASH not very clear on the Sabindo project issue. SAPP’s Tawau Division Secretary Kenneth Goh said he appreciated Consumers Association Sabah and Labuan (CASH) President Datuk Patrick Sindu’s win-win proposal on the Sabindo project, however CASH was not very clear of the issue.
  
December 14, 2005 ten residents successfully filed their suit in the Tawau High Court against Tawau Municipal Council (TMC) and the developers (Jerama Sdn Bhd and Aggasf Construction Sdn Bhd) of the controversial developments on the five pieces of public open spaces in Bandar Sabindo. The hearing fixed for January 16, 2006.
  
December 16, 2005 Jeramas Sdn Bhd and Aggasf Construction Sdn Bhd were named as the 1st defendant while Tawau Municipal Council (TMC) the 2nd defendant in two writs of Summons served to the defendants by representatives of the ten plaintiffs.
  
March 1, 2006 case dismissed with cost by High Court judge Datuk Nurchaya on ground they had no locus standi
  
March 6, 2006 appeal against the Tawau high court decision
  
November 3, 2006 Resolutions passed to defend Tawau open space. Five resolutions were unanimously passed by participants in the forum on Defend Open Space at the Democratic Action Party (DAP) meet the people session and dialogue. A committee comprising of 12-members was formed after all the five resolutions were passed.
  
November 8, 2006 The developer of the Sabindo development said opposition leader Lim Kit Siang was obviously not well informed when he complained of the open space or the people around him when he was in Tawau did not tell him the truth.
  
June 25, 2007 – the ten plaintiffs had their locus standi granted by the court of appeal in Kota Kinabalu.

July 17, 2007 – (Original Owner) Sabindo Nusantara Sdn Bhd presented writ against the Tawau Municipal Council (TMC), Aggasf Construction Sdn Bhd, Jeramas Sdn Bhd and K.K Land Sdn Bhd on the commercial developments at the Sabindo open space. Sept 11, 2007 – The 10 plaintiffs supported the candlelight and lantern night gathering conducted by the Natural Justice Group (NJG) to mark the 2nd anniversary of the controversial Sabindo open space on Sept 13, 2007. Nov 5, 2007 – Judicial Commissioner, Justice Yew Jen Kie granted plaintiffs an injuction against developer. The written judgement was delivered on behalf by Sabah, Sarawak, Tawau Senior Court Registra Melissa Chia Pui Fung. The date for mention had been fixed on Nov 23, 2007 and the trial date had been brought forward from Jan 22, 2008 to Dec 17-19, 2007.