CM: Sarawak government to continue NCR perimeter surveys

Posted on : 20 Jan 2019  Source of News: The Borneo Post

Abang Johari accompanied by Henry (right) greets the crowd upon his arrival for the event.

BAU: The perimeter survey and issuance of titles for native customary rights (NCR) land will be a continuous effort of the Sarawak government, says Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He said the government has always recognised the rights of the people over their NCR land, having carried out surveying since the 1960s and at traditional villages since 2000.

“The state government has always recognised the NCR land and will continue to do so…perimeter survey and issuance of NCR land titles to genuine cases will be a continuous initiative,” he said yesterday when presenting land titles to 636 NCR landowners from Kampung Daun, Kampung Bowang and Kampung Senibung, here.

The ceremony also saw Abang Johari presenting the title for the Catholic Memorial and Pilgrimage Centre, covering 1.9671 hectares, and Gunung Singai (1,385 hectares) as reserve communal land for the Bidayuh Bisingai.

Abang Johari, who also officiated at Singai Carnival 2019 yesterday, said the Sarawak government has set aside RM40 million this year to continue with NCR perimeter surveys – an indication of its strong commitment to settle NCR land issues in the state.

According to him, the allocation was included in 2019 state Budget after it was learned that the Pakatan Harapan federal government did not set aside any allocation for the purpose.

He pointed out that as of Dec 31 last year, 877,185 hectares (2,167,549 acres) have been completed with perimeter survey for Bumiputera Communal Reserve (Agriculture), where 712,090 hectares have been gazetted.

Over the same period, 24, 920 individual lots covering 31,341 hectares (77,444 acres) have been surveyed, with titles issued to 9,923 landowners, he added.

In Tasik Biru alone, the chief minister said 26,589 hectares have been completed with perimeter survey, of which 22, 280 hectares have been gazetted.

On another note, he said the Sarawak government under Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) would determine the destiny of the state and the people.

“The time is now up to Sarawak to be developed based on Sarawak’s policy…although we are in Malaysia, it does not mean we can’t develop through our own ways.

“Only Sarawak leaders know what the people want and only Sarawak leaders can devise a formula that will benefit Sarawakians,” he said, reiterating that the state was not ‘attached’ to any political parties from Peninsular Malaysia.

Abang Johari also stressed that Sarawak would not pull out from Malaysia, but that GPS would instead continue to fight for and protect Sarawak’s rights.

He also believed that Sarawak has the ability to become an economic powerhouse in Malaysia by 2030 with the right formula, political stability and racial harmony.

Meanwhile, Tasik Biru assemblyman Dato Henry Jinep said the issuance of the land titles to 636 landowners was under Phase I, with the 996.84 acres valued at about RM99.7 million.

Among those present yesterday were deputy chief ministers Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah and Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan; Minister of Education, Science and Technological Research Dato Sri Michael Manyin; and Assistant Minister of Local Government Datu Dr Penguang Manggil.