RM20 million to survey NCR land in Sarawak

Posted on July 22, 2010. Filed under: Indigenous People |

-Bernama-

MIRI, July 22 – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the federal government and the state government have agreed to implement a new initiative to carry out en-bloc surveys of native customary rights (NCR) land in the state.

He said the initiative, costing RM20 million to implement, would be carried out before the end of this year and would continue during the 10th Malaysia Plan.

The move was to ensure ownership of NCR land among the natives of Sarawak and to help them increase their income and uplift their economic well-being, he said.

“The main objective is to allow for the commercial development of the land so that it can benefit the rural people in line with the objectives of the New Economic Model,” he told reporters after launching the “Sentuhan Harapan Petronas” (Petronas’ Touch of Hope) programme here today.

He also said that the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) laboratory, which deals with matters concerning the Bumiputeras of Sabah and Sarawak, had met in Kuching and Kota Kinabalu in March to help resolve issues affecting the communities of both states, including land ownership.

He said the Sarawak Land and Survey Department had deployed its surveyors to carry out the perimeter survey and to excise the NCR land from state land area prior to gazetting them as the Native Communal Reserve under Section 6 of the Sarawak Land Code.

Najib said another step in the process was to get the NCR landowners to determine the boundary of their land within the gazetted area.

This was to enable the department to carry out a detailed survey on their land and facilitate the issuance of individual titles, he added.

“I know that the distribution and development of NCR land are an important issue for the Bumiputera in Sarawak and I hope that this initiative can be carried out smoothly to transform the rural area and enable the landowners to earn a better income,” he said.

The prime minister, who is confident that the initiative would be supported by the people, said a delivery management office would be set up to supervise and monitor its implementation.

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