7,174 land owners to get land premium refunds

Abang Johari (second from right) speaking to reporters as Deputy Chief Ministers Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan (right) and Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas (second from left) together with Assistant Minister of Urban Planning, Land Administration and Environment Datu Len Talif Salleh (left) look on.

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KUCHING, Sept 6: Owners of 7,174 land titles at state government resettlement and Malay village extension schemes will be getting refunds following a reduction of their land premiums from RM5,000 to RM2,500 effective May 6 this year.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg, who made the announcement today, said the total reimbursement totalled RM43,447,264.

“Consequent to the announcement I made on May 7, 2018, to reduce land premiums for all state government resettlements and ‘kampung’ extension schemes in the state by 50 per cent, the state government is committed to ensuring that the reduction is duly implemented for the benefit of low-income groups in Sarawak.

“The decision to reduce the premium by half is to assist the rakyat to mitigate the rising cost of living. Any payment made on or before May 6, 2018, that exceeds RM2,500 will be refunded,” he said.

Abang Johari pointed out that the refunds would be payable to original land owners of the lots, lots transferred to beneficiaries or holders of the Letter of Administration, or lots transferred by way of love and affection among immediate family members.

But the refunds would not apply to lots transferred by sale and purchase.

“For refund claims, land owners are required to fill and submit their application forms to the Land and Survey Department no later than Oct 31, 2019,” he said. — DayakDaily