Land issue is close to Dennis’ heart

Dennis Ngau

By D’Drift team

MIRI, July 7: There are two major issues Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau wants to resolve amicably – ‘confusion over land’ and ‘no dam no road’. 

As for land matter, Dennis wants the relevant authorities especially the Land and Survey Department to hold dialogue sessions with the local community regarding the confusion over the new Land Code. 

“The government has been telling the longhouses to apply for perimeter surveys under Section 6 of the Land Code. But unfortunately, there are certain quarters causing confusion by telling the people that if you do it, the land will be taken over by the government. 

“As such, I would like the Land and Survey Department to organise talks or dialogues to explain to the people the facts of Section 6 perimeter survey is to give force of law for people to own their communal land or Pemakai Menoa and Pulau Galau – PMPG) which is over and above their NCR (Native Customary Right) land,” he told D’Drift Team here today. 

On the famous ‘no dam, no road’ tagline as being manipulated by certain parties, Dennis reiterated that it will not be built in his lifetime unless the people requested for it. 

“We are tired of quarreling. I’ve a lot of work to done,” said Dennis, adding that he has had enough of all the arguments, quarrels and misinformation on the proposed Baram Dam. 

The second-term Assemblyman noted that the State Government under Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has implemented millions of ringgit worth of projects especially under the Highland Development Agency (HDA). 

Meanwhile, on the coming Sarawak state election, Dennis predicted there could be a three-cornered fight in Telang Usan. 

“Rumours have it that PKR (Parti Keadilan Rakyat) will be fielding Philip Jau and PSB (Parti Sarawak Bersatu) has identified three potential candidates.

“But I am not worried as I have been working hard since day one after being elected as the people’s representative and there was no honeymoon for me. 

“Whatever fight, our mission is clear and as we have done our part, we leave it to the people,” he said.

Meanwhile, Dennis expressed his gratitude to the state government for allocating RM5 million worth of projects under the Rural Transformation Programme (RTP) annually. 

“From 2016 until this year, we have implemented over 200 projects under RTP worth RM30 million in which all 84 registered villages have benefited regardless of whether they are in the opposition. We will continue to serve them,” he added.—DayakDaily