29 areas in Opar approved for perimeter survey under Phase 1 of new NCR land initiative

Datuk Len Talif Salleh (file pic)

By Marlynda Meraw

KUCHING, May 10: There are 29 areas that have been approved for perimeter survey under the first phase of the Sarawak government’s new initiative for native customary rights (NCR) land in the Opar constituency.

According to Sarawak Deputy Minister for Urban Development and Natural Resources Datuk Len Talif Salleh, the 29 areas surveyed up to approximately 14,662 hectares, with 23 areas of 11,271 hectares completely surveyed, two areas of roughly 1,203 hectares currently surveyed, and four more with 1,998 hectares to be surveyed in the near future.

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Meanwhile, for the second stage of the initiative in Opar, Len Talif said that a total of seven areas were approved for individual lot surveys.

Out of the seven areas, one area of approximately 159 hectares has been surveyed, and five areas of 3,416 hectares are currently being surveyed, he said, with one more area of 271 hectares to be surveyed according to the readiness of the land owner.

“While under the Traditional Village Survey, 35 villages have submitted applications for the survey and issuance of land title deeds under Section 18 of the Sarawak Land Code.

“Out of that number (35 villages), seven villages have been approved, two have already been surveyed, and five more will start (with the perimeter measurement),” said Len Talif during the Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUS) today and stated that there are other applications from another 28 villages are undergoing the review process.

To him, in order to ensure that NCR land survey can be processed and implemented effectively, the land owners must be prepared for their land to be measured by identifying their respective land boundaries, ensuring that the claimed land is free from disputes and is present during field measurements. — DayakDaily

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