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State govt will recognise NCR land if claim legally valid — Awg Tengah
Posted on : 27 Oct 2020  Source of News: The Borneo Post

SIBU: The Sarawak government always recognises and defends the rights of the people and their native customary rights (NCR) land as long as the claim is legally valid, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan.

He said NCR land survey efforts have been implemented since the 1960s through programmes such as Settlement Operations, Part III Measurement of the State Land Code, and Traditional Village Measurement.

Awang Tengah (seated, second right) poses with a section of the land title recipients.

“However these previous methods were found to be less efficient because in the period of about 50 years from the 1960s until 2010, only about 260,000 hectares or 642,460 acres of NCR land were successfully surveyed.

“This means that on average, only 5,200 hectares of NCR land can be measured per year. Therefore the government introduced the New Initiative NCR Land Measurement Programme in 2010 which is implemented in two stages,” he said at an event at Rumah Penghulu Surang in Nanga Tajam, Stapang near here yesterday.

The event saw the handing over of 229 land title letters to 227 recipients from Sungai Tajam, Batang Oya, Selangau, Tanjung Penasu, Batang Igan, Ulu Sungai Salim/Menyan and Pasai Siong, as well as presentation of compensation cheques for land acquired by the government for development purposes.

Awang Tengah, who is also Second Urban Development and Resources Minister, explained that the first stage involves perimeter measurement and gazetting under Section 6 of the State Land Code as Bumiputera Communal Reserve (Agriculture), while the second stage involves individual lot measurement and issuance of land title deeds under Section 18 of the State Land Code.

“So far, the Sarawak Land and Survey Department has successfully measured the perimeter of approximately 943,926 hectares or 2.332 million acres. Of that, 753,456 hectares or 1.8 million acres have been gazetted,” he added.

He said this clear boundary will facilitate the measurement of individual lots for the issuance of land title deeds under Section 18 of the State Land Code.

The deputy chief minister noted that group land development under NCR development or land development by Sarawak Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (Salcra) will also be able to be intensified in a more organised manner.

He explained that the measurement work is based on approved NCR land applications and dialogue sessions held with relevant NCR landowners before the survey activities begin, adding that this is to provide information and to get feedback before actual field measurement work is carried out.

“The measurement will only be carried out after obtaining the consent and support of the landowner involved. This agreement and support is necessary to ensure the smooth measurement of the perimeter survey,” he said.

Meanwhile, Awang Tengah said for cases that are still in dispute and brought to court, the measurement work will not be carried out unless the case has been resolved or withdrawn by those involved.

“However, if you want to participate in the NCR Land Measurement Programme New Initiative again, a
new application must be submitted.

“To ensure that individual lot measurements can be carried out smoothly, NCR landowners must give full cooperation to the Sarawak Land and Survey Department. They must identify land boundaries by making clear lines, ensure the area is free from any border disputes and claims, as well be present when the measurement is performed,” he said.

He also said that to date, a total of 35,840 individual lots have been successfully measured involving an area of ​​44,607 hectares or 110,226 acres which have been and will be issued land title deeds under Section 18 of the State Land Code.