PRS wants NCR perimeter survey conducted on longhouse blocks to speed process

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing (seated, second left) says that many requests to conduct perimeter survey could not be met due to the slow process of surveying

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KUCHING: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) suggests that perimeter survey on native customary rights (NCR) lands to be conducted on blocks of longhouses instead of from longhouse to longhouse at present.

Its president Tan Sri Dr James Masing believed that conducting the perimeter survey on blocks of longhouses will expedite the survey process of NCR land.

He said PRS, being a Dayak-based party, is very concerned at the slow speed in conducting the perimeter survey, although a sum of RM36 million has been allocated for 2017 by the federal government.

He said many requests from the NCR landowners and PRS assemblymen to the state government have not been met due to the slowness in the survey process.

“We suggest that instead of carrying out the survey from longhouse to another longhouse, it should be done on blocks of longhouses,” he told reporters after chairing the party’s supreme council meeting here.

He said conducting survey on blocks of longhouses will make it easier to separate NCR land with the state land.

He said conducting perimeter survey on blocks of longhouses not only expedite the survey process, but also solve the boundary disputes on the NCR land and the state land.

“If there are disputes among longhouses over their NCR land boundary after perimeter survey on blocks of longhouses have been carried out, then let them settle the problems themselves,” he said.

Masing, who is also the Deputy Chief Minister, said what is important is that demarcation of NCR land and state land must be settled first.

“In some areas, they have been very slow because I was told some of the money has been spent when conducting the perimeter survey under section 18 of the Sarawak Land Code, which is time consuming and caused a lot of money,” he said.

He said top priority is to demarcate what is NCR land and what is state land.

“So we hope that the money given by the federal government be used expediently and quickly,” he