Abdul Karim presents a compensation cheque to a landowner at Land and Survey Department office, Kota Samarahan.

KUCHING: A total of 58 landowners received compensation for their lands used for a village extension project at Kampung Sambir, Asajaya.

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the total compensation paid by the state government to the villagers amounted to nearly RM6 million.

“Today, fifteen of them are present at the Land and Survey Department office, Kota Samarahan to personally claim the cheques, while others will pick up their cheques on another day,” he said in a Facebook posting yesterday.

He revealed that the village extension project comprised of two phases involving 24.42 hectares of land. The area would be sub-divided into 244 housing lots.

“There will be spaces for a football field, recreation, mosque and commercial shop lots,” he said.

Abdul Karim who is also Asajaya assemblyman thanked the state government for choosing a village in his constituency for the pilot village extension programme.

“The village extension scheme is a new policy by the chief minister as prior to this, only the land lots are given to the people to build their homes.

“Under this new policy, all infrastructures will be given along with the house lot, the roads are all complete,” he said, adding that the new settlers would not bear any extra costs except to build their houses.

He added that the compensation paid to the villagers was proof that the state government was always aware of the rights of the people to their lands.