CM: Section 6 not used to grab native land

Posted on : 10 Mar 2019  Source of News: The Borneo Post

Abang Johari (third right) leads the cake-cutting ceremony. Also seen with him are (from right) Nanta, Uggah, Mawan and others. — Photo by Chimon Upon

KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has assured Sarawakians that Section 6 of the Sarawak Land Code will not be used to grab native land.

According to him, Section 6 is actually used to survey the land and not for the government to take it away from the people, as what is alleged by certain quarters.

“Section 6 is only used to do survey of Native Customary Rights (NCR) land, and not used by the government to grab land from the people. Once the survey is done, land titles under Section 18 will be given,” he spoke during the 63rd Sarawak Dayak National Union (SDNU) anniversary dinner on Friday.

Having said that, Abang Johari gave a simple analogy – the process under Section 6 is like ‘identifying a land to build a Dayak longhouse’, and Section 18 is used ‘to divide the land among families of the longhouse’.

As such, he wanted Sarawakians, especially the natives, to realise that there are people out there, especially those on social media, who love to twist facts about Section 6 of the Sarawak Land Code.

The chief minister said as at Dec 31 last year, a total of 2.167 million acres of NCR land had been surveyed and out of this figure, 1.7 million acres had been granted titles.

“I would like to point out that the government of Sarawak wants to help the natives of Sarawak obtain rights to their land, and is working hard on this. This is why the survey under Section 6 needs to be done,” he said.

Thus, Abang Johari hoped the natives would work together with the Sarawak government in getting themselves the right to the land, which truly belongs to them.

Also present during the dinner were Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, SDNU president Tan Sri William Mawan, and Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) secretary- general Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi.