Hornbill Unleashed

October 8, 2012

Issue individual NCR titles, says Sarawak PKR

Joseph Tawie

Survey native customary rights land under Section 18 of Land Code.

Opposition PKR wants the state government to survey native customary rights throughout Sarawak under Section 18 of the Land Code and not under Section 6.

Sarawak PKR chairman Baru Bian said the people wanted individual titles issued on the native customary rights lands surveyed.

“In my area of Lawas, the people have been asking the Land and survey Department to survey their native customary right land and then issue titles individually.

“So many letters have been sent requesting them to do. I even wrote letters to the department concerned requesting the NCR land to be surveyed.

“To this day nothing has been done,” said Bian.

Bian, who is the Ba’Kelalan assemblyman, was commenting on a statement made by Special functions Minister Adenan Satem who called on longhouse people to have their land surveyed and to be issued titles.

“NCR land should be surveyed and given titles so that the landowners would feel their land had been secured and protected under the law,” Adenan had said when he presented land titles to 17 longhouses in Sibu.

Bian who supported Adenan’s statement however said: “We will support (his stand) (but) it appears that they are pushing (land survey) under section 6 of the Land code which is a very unclear area of the law. And that  I of course do not support.

“If you talk about NCR it should be preferred to have it surveyed under section 18 where individual titles should be issued.

“What the native landowners do not want is that once their land surveyed under section 6  it will be categorised as ‘communal native reserve’. This is on the grace of the government or at the discretion of the government to the people.

“Our past experience showed that in some cases native communal reserves may not be compensated once it is taken back and extinguished for a public purpose project.

“The important thing now is to carry out a survey and straight away issue titles to individual land owners.

“Why should you waste your time? Why are you doing the job twice?” he asked.

Fodder for opposition

The perimeter survey of NCR land was a hot issue in the last state election and it is going to be an important issue to be used by opposition Pakatan Rakyat coalition in the coming election.

In fact under its ‘Buku Jingga’ (manifesto), the Pakatan Rakyat government proposes to establish a Land Commission to study all NCR land cases and to issue titles to the rightful owners.

Meanwhile, Sibu Land and Survey superintendent Peggy Ronin Edin said since September 2010, the department had carried out survey work totalling 9,127.6 hectares with 2,667 hectares being gazetted under Section 6 of the Land Code.

The department was also in the process of gazetting 6,460 hectares of land involving 46 longhouses in four areas in Pasai-Siong, Jalan Ulu Oya and Batang Igan, she said.

The project was initiated by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak just before the start of the state election last year.

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3 Comments »

  1. Cannot,cannot do that,if like that,mati laa kita,how to make money,nanti my daughter in Canada need money,how?? sure cannot ask Jibbo.Hiyaa,my people cannot understand one the Sections,only they know Sections in PJ or Shah Alam onlyy…just hantam any Section,they sure okay oneee.Oouch!!

    Comment by Lok1 — October 9, 2012 @ 1:51 AM | Reply

  2. Do make sure the natives really Understand the difference between section 6 and section 18 of the land code…BN can really pull up surprises in 5 – 10 years ?…wonder if that’s how Bakun happened… Methinks it would be better to forgo some short term ‘sweets / pleasures ‘ for the greater good of long term plan with the assurance of a personal land title. People, open your eyes AND ears … This land Is YOUR LAND … NOT BN, get it ?!!!

    Comment by teres6842550 — October 8, 2012 @ 4:04 PM | Reply

    • This land Is YOUR LAND is MY LAND!!!! that how BN/Taib look at your land!

      Comment by Rod — October 9, 2012 @ 3:10 AM | Reply


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