Salcra forms 7 teams to speed up land survey operations in plantation areas

Uggah (left) presents land titles to a “Ketua Kampung” who receive them on behalf of his villagers, while others look on.

KUCHING, Aug 7: Land surveying operations to ascertain land for the purpose of issuing land titles in all Salcra areas will be soon boosted with extra manpower.

Its chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas revealed Sarawak Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (Salcra) had recently formed seven survey teams for the purpose, and the Land and Survey Department would help to train the surveyors beginning October this year.

“The state government had provided a sum of RM5 million for the operations under the 11th Malaysia Plan (RMK11), and the Land and Survey Department would help to train the surveyors beginning this October,” he said in his speech during the handing over ceremony of land titles under Section 18 to 506 landowners in Salcra development areas in Serian today.

Uggah said Salcra would also bid for more funds under the next Malaysia Plan for this purpose to ensure more land titles can be given out.

“All this while, the Land and Survey Department has been carrying out the task, and with this new approach, we are confident we can issue more land titles in the coming years,” he added.

Uggah (front, second left) poses for a group photo with some of the landowners who received their land titles today (Aug 7, 2020).

On a related note, Uggah said that to date, the department has helped to survey 20,059 lots out of 26,923 lots.

“We have a total of 47,958 hectares of which 37,580 hectares had been surveyed for the issuance of land titles and we have so far issued titles to 12,988 landowners involving an area of 31,495 hectares. Another 16,463 hectares have yet to be issued the titles.”

Uggah pointed out that Salcra too had also been given the undertaking to survey new development areas.

“It should issue the land titles within three years of their development. This will be the KPI (Key Performance Indicator) for Salcra under its general manager Joseph Blandoi,” he added. — DayakDaily