Labuan: Effort are underway to create a new village for the Kadazandusun and Murut community in Labuan, member of parliament Datuk Yussof Mahal said.
He said the matter would be brought up to the Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Ministry for approval, soon.
There are about 5,000 Kadazandusuns and Muruts on the island but living scattered areas.
The Labuan Kadazandusun Murut Association has requested that a cultural village, or at least a new village, be set up for the community.
Making the request in conjunction with the Labuan Tadau Kaamatan (Harvest Festival) here today, a spokesman for the association, Markus Jikunan, said: "We want to see our community living together in one village in the interest of unity."
On another development, Yussof said the government was serious in resolving the long-standing issue of ferry services between the island and Sabah.
He said the federal government had given the green light for additional ferry services this year, allowing passengers to bring their cars from the island to the mainland.
"It is not that the existing ferry service is poor, but the government prefers to see more services for the betterment of the people," he said.
There were some teething problems need to be resolved, he said, particularly with regard to the Sabah government's reluctance to give the "landing rights" to other ferry operators.
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