THE aesthetics of a 125-year-old village in Putatan is about to change forever as ongoing construction of the Pan Borneo Highway is cutting through Kg Ketiau, a coastal fishing village.
The portion of the highway is part of the Kota Kinabalu Outer Ring Road, involving the construction of a 3.6km stretch, crossing Kg Dumpil, Ketiau and Duvanson.
Most of its residents are from the Bajau ethnic group, whose families span four generations.
Traditionally, the residents are fishermen but about two generations ago many had found work in town.
Most of the youth now prefer to work in the offices rather than hold on to their ancestors’ jobs as fishermen.
The household of 11 villagers will be demolished to make way for the road, but some have yet to received their compensation from the state government.
It is believed the State Public Works Department is delaying the payments for being overpriced.
The price was agreed upon during the Barisan Nasional administration but it had since been reviewed by the Warisan-led government, which took over the administration of the state after the May 9 polls last year. – April 20, 2019.