Abang Johari presents a cheque to a landowner witnessed by (from second left) Land and Survey Department Kuching Division superintendent Alfian Bawi, Urban Development and Natural Resources permanent secretary Datuk Ir Zaidi Mahdi, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan, State Land and Survey director Abdullah Julaihi and Senior Minister (Infrastructure Cluster) Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof. Photo: Mohd Alif Noni

KUCHING: A total of 33 cheques were presented to 28 landowners from Kampung Segedup as compensation after their land was utilised by the state government in a village extension programme here.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the extension programme was done to provide better housing for the people.

“It is our intention as state government to give priority in improving housing facilities. One of the areas that we have identified is the area between Sungai Maong and Segedup,” he said when officiating a ceremony to present land compensation cheques here today.

Abang Johari reminded them to take care of their newly found wealth and use it responsibly, suggesting that it could be used to invest in their future.

“We also have to be thankful that our state now is still harmonious where the people are able to prosper under the administration of a stable state government.

“As long as I am here, along with other leaders, we will continue to find new ways to develop the state in line with the vision for Sarawak to be the most developed state by 2030.”

Earlier, Land and Survey Department Kuching enforcer Alfian Bawi said for 2020, a total of 57 land reclamation project was implemented of which 22  were completed.

“This involved a total cost of RM30.4 million, including the village extension project at Kampung Segedup.”

Alfian added that for the extension project, all landowners were happy with the amount compensated to them, which was a reflection of the Land and Survey Department’s fair valuation on the land according to current market price.

Also present were Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, Senior Minister (Infrastructure Cluster) Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof and Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu Satok deputy chairman Datuk Ibrahim Baki.