Awang Tengah (fifth left, front row) and the dignitaries with recipients of the communal gazette, traditional village land title and perpetuity NCR land title at the presentation ceremony at the Miri Land and Survey Department conference room.
MIRI: The Sarawak government has surveyed over 2.1 million acres (864,377 hectares) of land under the Native Customary Rights (NCR) new initiative programme as of July 31 this year and it is counting on federal funding to continue this on-going undertaking.
Deputy Chief Minister and Second Minister of Urban Development and Natural Resources Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said Sarawak needed the funds to expedite the NCR recognition of the initiative undertaken since 2010 with federal funds allocated by the previous government.
Under the new initiative programme, the Land and Survey Department carries out perimeter survey and subsequent issuance of individual perpetuity land titles under Section 18 of the Land Code, with all costs borne or absorbed by the government.
“The interests of Sarawak natives where land is close to their hearts is our priority and we call upon the current federal government to continue provide funds for the programme,” he said when presenting compensation to those affected by a proposed oil palm mill in Sungai Laong, Bakong yesterday.
Awang Tengah also called on the people to co-operate and reach consensus on boundaries to enable the survey and issuance of individual land title to be carried out by the department.
“Compromise and consensus is vital as there were cases where individual lot survey could not proceed due to boundary disputes between claimants and the survey teams were instructed to move out and give priority to other dispute-free areas,” he said.
Awang Tengah said the NCR land survey was accorded priority as the Sarawak government understood the wishes of the people on formal land ownership.
The minister later presented a total of RM1.3 million in compensation to land owners affected by the proposed oil palm mill in Sungai Laong, Bakong, communal reserves gazette under Section 6 of the Land Code to representatives of Long Seniei, Akah in Baram, Sungai Enkeririn in Suai and Bukit Peninjau in Sibuti.
Also presented were 73 individual land titles under the traditional village survey programme and 34 perpetuity NCR land titles presented to recipients from the villagers of Tiris, Kampung Sebalik, Kayu Kapor and Kampung Terahad in Sibuti.
Miri Division Land and Survey Department superintendent Arni Abdul Rahman thanked the recipients for their cooperation which had enabled the 107 individual land titles and three communal reserves gazette to be presented yesterday.
Arni revealed that 27 areas involving 18,787 ha had been gazetted under the perimeter survey programme in the division.
Also present at the function were Sibuti MP Lukanisman Awang Sauni, state assemblymen Ripin Lamat (Lambir), Sebastian Ting Chew Yew (Piasau), Dennis Ngau (Telang Usan), and Miri District officer Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusuf.