Bolly is trustee of land belonging to the mission and church. The plaintiffs are Kampung Sungai Tapang headman Willie Bohen and Duis Kinchon, children of two of the original land owners of the disputed land.
The other defendants are committee members of St Alban’s chapel, St Alban’s Sg Tapang school headmaster and his management committee members, the then State Education director Wan Samsuiri Wan Hasbi and several contractors who were tasked to upgrade the school.
The Sessions Court yesterday fixed Sept 14 for the first hearing of the case.
A group of 65 villagers came to the courthouse yesterday to provide moral support to the defendants. They were led by the chapel’s current committee chairman Luho Bunggom, who is also the school management chairman. Set up in the 60s, the village has more than 200 households. It is situated along Sg Tapang-old Airport Road in Kota Sentosa here.
When met at the courthouse, Luho said the school and church were set up in 1961.
He recalled that in 1970, the Land and Survey Department issued title to the land which the school and church sit on but the land was put under the name of Bohen Sulong who was the then village head, Kinchon Sageh, Atok Menyat and Jenggi Layu.
It was the then school headmaster Gereman Siong who revealed the status of land ownership to villagers in 1978, said Luho.
When contacted yesterday, Gereman said he knew about the ownership of the land in 1978 after he was shown a copy of the land title which bore the name of four persons (Bohen, Kinchon, Atok and Jenggi).
He said the villagers had asked for the status of the land because they wanted to repair the school.
He claimed that the land was surrendered by Kinchon as well as Willie Bohen on behalf of his father Jubai Jenggi and Pawi Jenggi to the mission in 1997.
According to him, the signing of the surrender was witnessed by the then school parent-teacher association president Maniam Mathiah.
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