BINTULU: Perimeter survey work on 1,076,435 hectares or 2.6 million acres of Native Customary Rights (NCR) land has been done under the New NCR Initiative Measurement Programme as of January 31.
Deputy Premier Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said of the total approximately 814,428 hectares or 2.01 million acres have been gazetted as Bumiputera Communal Reserve (Agriculture) under Section 6 of the State Land Code.
He said the programme that was introduced in 2010 was one of the Sarawak government’s efforts to speed up the NCR land surveying process so that owners have land ownership documents.
“As of January 31, 2023, a total of 66,454 individual lots have been successfully measured involving an area of 81,437 hectares.
“A total of 26,113 lots have been issued land title deeds under Section 18 of the State Land Code covering an area of 44,930 hectares or 111,024 acres,” he said.
He said this at the handing over of the Gazette Section 6, Section 7 and land title deeds for Sections 13 and 18 of the State Land Code at Wisma Bintulu, Monday morning (Mar 6).
In the meantime, Awang Tengah who is also Minister of Natural Resources and Urban Development II stressed that in order to speed up the measurement of individual lots of NCR land, claimants need to be present during the measurement in the field.
In addition, he said, claimants need to mark their land boundaries clearly and avoid disputes in making claims so that the measurement runs more smoothly.
At the event, Awang Tengah presented a total of 82 land title deeds under Section 18 of the State Land Code involving the Sungai Selitut-Separai area to 48 recipients.
Land title deeds were also presented to 65 recipients from four villages, namely Kampung Baru Darat, Kampung Baru Laut, Kampung Sebiew and Kampung Sebiew (Tingal) under Kampung Tradisi.