The Land and Survey Department has been asked to re-evaluate compensation payments for land owners affected by the Pan Borneo Highway project.
Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing said this is to ensure they receive fair compensation.
“This is in line with the Barisan Nasional (BN) government’s aspirations to ensure that the welfare and prosperity of the people are being taken care of,” he said in a statement yesterday.
“They are our people and our voters. Therefore, I hope the department could play a more proactive role in understanding the needs of the people.
This way we can ensure that every decision made will benefit both parties.”
He called on the department to have a complete payment record or give a special briefing so those affected could understand the compensation procedures.
Masing had earlier chaired a meeting in Kuching with longhouse committees from Sekuau to Balingian in Tamin affected by the Pan Borneo Highway project.
Also present at the meeting was Tamin assemblyman Christopher Gira Sambang.
Masing said those asked to move due to the project should be given a reasonable period to find sites to build new houses.
He urged contractors involved in the project to help clear the new sites to lighten the burden of those having to build new houses.
“It’s also part of their corporate social responsibility,” he added.
Source : @ Borneo Post Online