Meluan rep proposes 2 changes to Land Code (Amendment) Bill, 2018

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KUCHING, July 11: Rolland Duat (GPS-Meluan) today called for further amendment to the Land Code (Amendment) Bill 2018 in two areas — native territorial domain (NTD) size and Section 28.

Debating the Bill in the august House, Duat proposed that the size of the NTD be increased from the set limit of 500 hectares to 1,000 hectares, because his constituency had ample land.

“In addition, 500 hectares might not be enough for the overall population of a ‘kampung’,” he said.

On Section 28, he proposed that it be repealed because it could cause confusion and arguments between land claimants.

Section 28 Land Code requires the land to be surveyed before alienation as follows:

(1) No state land shall be alienated under this Code unless and until the survey of the land has been completed to the satisfaction of the Superintendent.

Provided that, when the immediate survey of any state land is impracticable, the Superintendent may order that a provisional lease in Form C in the First Schedule be executed in favour of the person entitled.

(2) Every provisional lease shall specify the approximate extent and area of the land included therein but shall not entitle the holder to grant or lease of the whole of the area specified.

(3) Notwithstanding the payment by him of any rent in respect of the area stated, the registered proprietor of any provisional lease shall have no right to registration of a lease in Form B in the First Schedule for an area equal to the area stated to be alienated if on survey such area is found not to be available.

(4) Save where the context otherwise requires, this Code in connection with leases shall apply to provisional lease.

Duat ended his debate by stating his support for the Bill. — DayakDaily