Gerawat urges landowners in Bario to get NCR land surveyed, ignore intimidation

Gerawat (fifth left) presenting a Unifor grant to a representative of a church witnessed by others. Photo credit: Ukas

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BARAM, Nov 11: Do not be bothered by intimidation from irresponsible quarters over the survey of Native Customary Right (NCR) land under Section 6 and 18 of the Sarawak Land Code, Mulu incumbent Datuk Gerawat Gala has told the people of Bario.

He emphasised that all NCR land surveyed under Section 6 will not lose their status and will remain the property of the landowners.

“Most of the residents in Bario have already received the land title to their NCR land under Section 6 of the Sarawak Land Code and are now only awaiting for survey to be carried out under Section 18.

“The reason for the Sarawak government to conduct a perimeter survey under Section 6 is not to grab the land of people as speculated by irresponsible quarters, instead it is to give land titles to the people.

“If there are parties who attempt to grab the land from people using Section 6 of the Sarawak Land Code, I will protest against it strongly,” he said when speaking at the NCR New Initiative briefing at Kampung Long Terawan in Mulu here as reported by Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas) yesterday.

Gerawat thus called on the people to take this opportunity to have their land surveyed and obtain the land title under Section 18 of the Sarawak Land Code.

Long Terawan chieftain Ugum expressed appreciation to Gerawat for his presence at the event which showed Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS)’s commitment and concerns for the welfare and wellbeing of the people in Tutoh area.

At the event, Gerawat also presented grants totalling RM370,000 from the Unit of Other Religions (Unifor) to several houses of worship in the Mulu constituency.

They are BEM Long Terawan which received RM100,000, BEM long Iman (RM80,000), BEM Church Mulu (RM40,000), Rumah Lajang Sungai Kinei Church (RM60,000), BEM Rumah Long Ukok (RM40,000) and Long Patan Catholic Church (RM50,000).

Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Mulu deputy chairman Dato Robert Laing Anyi, Land and Survey Department Miri Division officer Anthony Aboi, Mulu Sub-District Office administrative officer Rabeta Janggi and Marudi District Council councillor Gary Wan Hasihim were among those present. — DayakDaily