53,000 hectares of NCR land to be surveyed

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg (left) chats with Sarawak Land and Survey Department Director Abdullah Julaihi. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: The Sarawak Land and Survey Department has set a target to carry out perimeter survey on 53,000 hectares of Native Customary Rights (NCR) land and 24,000 hectares of individual lots in the state.

Its director, Abdullah Julaihi, said that this year’s target is almost double of last year’s target.

“As of Mar 15, this year, an area of 988,284 hectares have been surveyed, of which 772,102 hectares have been gazetted; ready to be developed with modern agriculture activities,” he said during a meeting with the Sarawak Land and Survey Department Officers (Landas) which was attended by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg at Menara Pelita on Monday (April 5).

“This will help the state achieve a developed and high-income state status by 2030, as well as becoming a food production hub or food basket,” he said.

Abdullah also said survey work would continue to be conducted thanks to funds allocated by both the state and federal governments.

“In addition to the NCR survey under Section 6 and Section 18, the Land and Survey Department is also responsible in ensuring survey work for infrastructure projects under the supervision of Regional Corridor Development Authority (Recoda), Upper Rajang Development Agency (Urda) and others are completed,” he said.

He added that the department handles funds not exceeding RM2 billion for various activities including land surveying, compensation and development projects.

On development projects under the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP) which is monitored through the Land Acquisition Progress Index, he said about 92.51 percent has been achieved in terms of completion.

“However, some projects need to be implemented under the 12MP due to site changes and other reasons.

“The projects are the Darul Hana, Kampung Datu Sibu, Kemuyang and several resettlement scheme (SPS), and the village expansion scheme (SPK) projects will be implemented aggressively this year,” he said.

He said during the 11MP period alone, a total of 4,645 residential lots were approved via SPS and SPK.

“Of the 54 projects, 36 have been completed while 18 projects are to be continued in the 12 MP.

“We expect the number of SPS and SPK projects to increase based on their popularity and needs,” he said.