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By Jacob Achoi
SERIAN (Gedong), Oct 16: A total of 138 land titles under Section 18 of the Sarawak Land Code (SLC) were presented to 124 landowners of Kpg Gumpey and Kpg Gedong today.
The ceremony at Gedong Community Hall was also held to hand over land titles under Section 6 of the SLC, affecting Kpg Gumpey (288.33ha), and Kpg Gedong, Kpg Segera Jaya, Kpg Tengah Hulu, Kpg Lalang Hilir, Lot Rural Growth Centre (RGC), Kpg Perintah Masjid Gedong, Kpg Lalang Minyak, Lalang Tengah Gedong and Kpg Tengah Hilir and Kpg Tengah Lama (91.6ha).
The ceremony was officiated by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan.
Awang Tengah, who is also Second Minister of Urban Development and Natural said the government will continue to survey and issue land titles to NCR landowners.
“It is the responsibility of the State to survey NCR lands, both under Section 6 and Section 18 (of SLC) and it is an ongoing process.
“So to say that the State government is taking the people’s land as claimed by certain individuals is totally untrue,” Awang Tengah said.
According to Awang Tengah, NCR landowners were very receptive of land surveys, both under Section 6 and Section 18.
“I can tell you that we have plenty of applications for NCR land surveying now, and we want to speed up the process.
“To do this, we have approved 497 additional staff for Land and Survey Department that cost the state government RM30 million a year,” he pointed out.
Awang Tengah also added that the about 2.4 million acres of NCR land have been surveyed under Section 6 (perimeter survey) since 2010, compared to only 260,000 acres from the 60’s until 2010.
He explained that this was made possible due to the new initiative of NCR land surveying which was introduced in 2010.
Present at the ceremony was also Assistant Minister of Port Development and Small and Medium Entrepreneurs Datuk Mohd Naroden Majais. — DayakDaily