‘Faster approval for land title registration soon’

Posted on : 13 Jan 2020  Source of News: The Borneo Post

KUCHING: The Sarawak Land and Survey Department will implement the ‘Same Day Registration Approved’ initiative for land title and instrument registration, sometime in the middle of this year.

Department director Abdullah Julaihi said a trial run that was carried out recently had proven successful, and that the initiative should be up for implementation, once certain issues had been worked out.

“We are proud of our achievement today, where 100 per cent of applications for land titles and instruments have been processed after one day. At the moment, whenever a landowner submits his applications for a land title, it would normally take no less than a day to be completed.

“But God-willing, around the middle of this year we will implement the ‘Same Day Registration Approved’ initiative – you register in the morning, approved by the end of the day,” he said during the department’s ‘Appreciation Night’ here last Saturday.

(From right) Abdullah presents a memento to Abang Johari, as Len Talif and others look on.

According to Abdullah, the initiative is expected to be launched by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, adding that it would greatly help not just the department but also the landowners, especially those from the rural areas.

On another note, Abdullah revealed that the department managed to earn about RM500 million throughout 2019 – a sum that could increase this year and in the years to come.

He hoped that going forward, with the introduction of new regulations and revised rates particularly for quarry royalties, the department would be able to earn more revenues which, in turn, would help boost the development of Sarawak in its effort to become the most developed state by 2030.

“This is like what CM Abang Johari has mentioned several times before as ‘revenue reengineering’, where we look thoroughly at several aspects where we can earn revenue, particularly those concerning the Malaysia Agreement 1963.

“We hope that there will be positive changes to revenue collection involving land in the near future after that,” said Abdullah.

Also present at the event were Assistant Minister of Urban Development and Resources Datu Len Talif Salleh, State Secretary Datuk Amar Jaul Samion and Deputy State Secretary Datu Ik Pahon Joyik.