Hornbill Unleashed

February 26, 2011

Concern over rising rate of leasing out NCR lands

Stephen Tiong

Sarawak PKR information chief See Chee How said the opposition parties and human rights groups were concerned at the accelerated rate of leasing out NCR lands to plantation companies since last year.

“We want to find out the reasons for the acceleration of leasing out NCR lands to companies. Has it got to do with somebody who is about to leave politics?” he said when asked to comment on Sarawak Second Minister of Planning and Resource Management Awang Tengah Ali Hasan’s attack on the opposition and rights groups on the NCR land issues. “On the other hand, if you keep on grabbing NCR lands and giving it to crony companies, relatives and friends, what kind of public purpose is that?” he added.

See (left) said the NCR land issues will continue to be raised as long as the government keeps on giving provisional leases covering NCR lands to companies.

“What we are saying is correct that more and more cases will be filed in court as the government continues to issue provisional leases to plantation companies to encroach into the NCR lands.

“As you can see, we have won many cases against the government and plantation companies over the years,” said the NCR land lawyer.

“We are not talking about NCR lands being used for public purposes, but the NCR lands leased out to plantation companies by the government,” he said.

See said the government should allow the natives themselves to develop their land, not lease it out to plantation companies in the name of development.

He also hit out at Awang Tengah for denying that the government has not grabbed NCR lands from the owners and given it to plantation companies.

“Just look at the lands in Sempadi in Lundu district and Sebangan/Sebuyau areas in Simunjan being grabbed by the government, which later on leased it to companies linked to Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud’s family,” he said.

‘Opposition have nothing else to say’

Meanwhile, Awang Tengah accused the opposition and rights groups of continuing to harp on old NCR land issues just before and during the state election campaign.

“The accusations that the government is robbing the natives of their land are re-emerging because the opposition have nothing else to say,” he charged.

Awang Tengah, who is Minister of Public Utilities, reiterated that the government has never robbed the owners of the NCR lands, and added that if the government wants to make use of such lands for public purposes, they will be compensated.

“People must always remember we do not build roads for monkeys and wild boars.”

Condemning the opposition for politicising land issues again and again, Awang Tengah said the government was serious in addressing and solving NCR land matters.

“The opposition never stops recycling land issues during elections because they think they can hoodwink the people,” he said.

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“Why would the government want to grab the NCR lands from the owners? We acquire land for public purposes like development, roads and schools. It is for the benefit of the people.

“Besides, so long as the government does its job in stages, the opposition will be at a loss for what to bark (about),” he said, referring to the opposition’s criticism on the government’s move to complete the perimeter survey on NCR lands by 2015.

He said no limit had been imposed on the survey, which would be extended to cover all areas concerned.

The Land and Survey Department (LSD), he said, had identified 107 areas covering 386,000 hectares of NCR land for the survey this year.

Some RM30 million has each been allocated to conduct the survey in 2011 and 2012.

“We do not impose limits on the survey like the opposition has claimed. The survey is an ongoing effort to benefit all NCR landowners in the state,” he said after launching the Lands and Surveys’ Innovation and Integrity Day in Kuching.

He reminded NCR landowners that priority would not be given to those whose properties were linked to court cases.

“We do not want to interfere in any court process so those who have filed any case with the court will not be included in the perimeter survey list,” he said, adding that they must give full cooperation in order to get the survey completed as soon as possible.

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6 Comments »

  1. at least now, someone is trying to explain the disconnect between what the BN politicians have been saying ie. “there is no land grab! we compensate the people if we acquire land for public purposes!” and what the reality is on the ground ie. ncr lands have been consistently alienated and Provisional Leases granted by Sarawak Government to plantation companies! Result: Native landowners having to bring their claims to court to assert their rights over what has been unlawfully taken away from them!

    Time for a Royal Commission of Inquiry into these blatant land grabs by the Administration. It is therefore ironic that the Sarawak Land and Surveys Department e-system has won accolades lately in land administration!?!!

    Comment by cj — February 26, 2011 @ 11:04 AM | Reply

  2. Granting of provisional leases in Sarawak to crony companies by UMNO controlled BN led by the thief minister, Taib Mahmud. is like giving out car APs but at the expense of the indigenous people. In addition to paying mimimum premium to the department of Lands and Survey, the lessee still have to pay a lump sum commission to the YBs or Taib’s agents.

    The YB for the areas where such unscrupulous land scam involving NCR lands cannot claim to be innocent and not having a hand in cheating the natives. In many instances, the BN government appointed Tuai Rumah are also involved in collecting Mycards from the villagers and signing documents of consent under the pretext of applying for their lands to be surveyed.

    All right thinking and concerned Sarawakians must resolved to fight the rampant abuse of authority committed by the highly corrupted UMNO controlled BN government. Now is the time to stand firm and be united to vote out the racism, corruptions, incompetence, abuses, ISA, OSA, and all regressive policies of UMNO controlled BN government.

    Hidup ketuanan Rakyat. Sarawak4change. Vote Pakatan.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — February 26, 2011 @ 9:24 AM | Reply

  3. WHO IS FOOLISH ENOUGH TO LEASE NCR LAND WHEN THE COURTS ARE RETURNING THEM TO THE RIGHTFUL OWNERS?

    Comment by Kuching Boy — February 26, 2011 @ 8:45 AM | Reply

  4. NEP has failed to lift the general malay populace, economically. It only succeeded in sending a small number of them skywards. The BTN course, which was designed to prop up them up psychologically, too is not producing the desired result. Now umno is using a more direct approach. Interlok. Through formal school teachings, umno tells malay kids that indians are pariahs and chinese are useless for they sell their daughters. Umno’s grand design here is to depress the position of the rest of us. A depression of the surrounding would certainly have an elevating effect on one’s position. That is relative. And that too is deceitful for it is totally unreal.

    But would our fellow malay malaysians be duped? That is the question. No. Not those who are educated. Not those who are properly informed. Not those who like the rest of us who have the ability to reason out issues. Lets hope they help themselves and the country by reaching out to those village-folks and exposing them to the devils in umno.

    Comment by Ti Beng — February 26, 2011 @ 8:28 AM | Reply

  5. To quote Awang Tengah,“The opposition never stops recycling land issues during elections because they think they can hoodwink the people.”

    We are still suffering because of “old issues”. We are still fighting on “old issues” as in the case of Sebangan NCR properties since 2006! The destruction of Borneo and our eco sustem is ongoing because of issues that Awang Tengah considers “old”.

    The above statement cleary shows that Awang Tengah wants us to go away and be silent, rather than trying to validate our feelings of anger and frustration.

    Telling us to keep quiet is merely adding “fuel to the fire” and angers us the more! It makes us more determine to work and support the opposition parties. Our dream that the oppostion parties will win in the next election is the only hope we got left to save our land and NCR heritages.

    When we are angry, we refuse to keep quiet but infact make us all fired up and ready to make the differences in the next general election. We have lost hope and trust with the current BN Administration whose Chief Minister have been in complete power for 30 years.

    Change We Must!!

    Comment by Christina S. Suntai — February 26, 2011 @ 3:22 AM | Reply

    • If anyone who knows of their own kampung youths working in town, get in touch with and provide assistance for them to go back and vote for change. We all have the moral obligations to bring about change and get all or relatives, friends and colleagues to vote against the increasingly autocratice Bn and the kleptocrat Taib Mahmud.

      Comment by Irene Kana — February 26, 2011 @ 11:51 AM | Reply


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