Awang Tengah: Land acquisition for govt projects are compensated accordingly

Awang Tengah (right) presenting the land compensation cheque to one of the recipients while others look on. Photo credit: Ukas

KUCHING, Aug 12: Government projects which require land acquisition are done in accordance with the State Land Code (Chapter 81) and Article 13 of the Federal Constitution with reasonable compensation.

According to a news report from the Sarawak Public Communication Unit (Ukas) today, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said the State Land Code (Chapter 81) and Article 13 of the Federal Constitution, also stated that no one can be deprived of their property except in accordance with the law.

“No laws can provide for acquisition or usage of property without adequate compensation. All of the land taken will be compensated based on the assessment made by the Sarawak Land and Survey Department.


“Compensation will be assessed accordingly based on the existing crops, structures (if any), and by the size of the land involved according to the current value,” said Awang Tengah in his speech during the handing over ceremony of land compensation cheques for projects in Limbang district, held at the Limbang Divisional Land and Survey Department office on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Awang Tengah, who is also Second Urban Development and Resources Minister, handed over a compensation cheque worth more than RM1.2 million to 41 recipients who are involved in the new road project from Nanga Medamit to Rumah Aling.

Awang Tengah said the project, which is under the Northern Region Development Agency (NRDA) allocation, is being implemented simultaneously under the phase 1, and cost more than RM119 million.

“At the same time, we will implement the Water Supply Project which will be connected to the reticulation system implemented by Laku Management Sdn Bhd (Laku), and we estimate this to cost about RM10 million for the water supply project alone,” he added.

The new road project from Nanga Medamit to Rumah Aling is to enable the local community, who had no road connectivity in the area previously, to work on their land.

The project was approved by the government on Aug 1, 2019, and the land acquisition process was completed on April 28, this year. — DayakDaily