Awang Tengah: Resolve land conflicts before perimeter survey implementation

Awang Tengah (seated front row, fourth from left) with other guests and land owners after the Section 18 land titles presentation ceremony on Monday.

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MIRI, Sept 20: Land conflicts amongst family members, villagers or community must immediately be resolved to ensure a smooth perimeter survey implementation.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said land conflicts such as boundaries and inheritance disputes amongst siblings would only slow down the process (perimeter survey).

“We would not tolerate, until the problem (land disputes) is settled, we will proceed to other places (for perimeter survey),” he said in Miri today.


Tengah was in Miri presenting 270 land titles under Section 18 of the Sarawak Land Code to 183 landowners from Kampung Beraya, which involved a total of 227.3 hectares of land.

This is the second batch from Kampung Beraya receiving their land titles under Section 18 since 2019 and last year (2020), whereby a total of 447 land titles were presented.

Back in 2017, via the land settlement operation, a total of 1,677.61 hectares of land within the area (Beraya) have been gazetted and registered under the Malay/Kedayan community.

Tengah who is also the Second Minister of Urban Development and Natural Resources assured landowners of the Native Customary Rights (NCR), that as long as the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) remain in power, it will ensure the implementation of perimeter survey on their lands will be being carried out smoothly.

“We are committed via the new NCR initiative to speed up the perimeter surveying process,” he said.

He said the new NCR land survey initiative involves two stages – the first stage of the perimeter survey is conducted under Section 6 of the Sarawak Land Code (SLC) followed by individual lot survey under Section 18 of SLC.

In order for NCR land to be surveyed under this new initiative, Tengah said, land owners must first apply to the Land and Survey Department because such survey would be carried out when the land owners have agreed to it.

Since the introduction of the new NCR land survey in 2010 until now, a total 999,853 hectares (2.47 million acres) have been surveyed, compared to only 260,000 hectares or 642,460 acres under the old method 50 years ago from 1960 to 2010.

“This has proven that the initiative helped speed up the perimeter surveying works,” he pointed out before presenting the land titles under Section 18 to land owners from Kampung Beraya at a leading hotel in Miri.

Tengah also reminded landowners and villagers to be wary of some group of people going to the ground, telling them that the government will grab their land under the New NCR initiative.

Also present at the event were Assistant Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Sebastian Ting Chiew Yew; Assistant Minister for Women, Family and Childhood Development Datuk Rosey Yunus cum Bekenu assemblywoman; Lambir assemblyman Ripin Lamat; Miri Resident Abdul Aziz Yusuf and Miri Land and Survey Superintendent Anthony Aboi. — DayakDaily