OUT of 12,780 rural transformation projects (RTPs) to be implemented in Sarawak from 2015, as of Oct 19 this year, 9,089 projects (71.1 percent) had been completed while the remaining were still in various stages of implementation.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said that a total of RM2.938 billion had been allocated for the period of 2015 to this year to implement the 12,780 RTPs in the state.
He said that for this year, out of 2,783 projects approved, 31 had been completed.
“In our effort to further enhance the delivery of RTP projects, the State Cabinet implemented a new method empowering village development and security committees (JKKKs) to appoint contractors and implement RTP through the gotong royong concept.
“The involvement of JKKK in project implementation is to instil a sense of ownership among the local community and to ensure efficient delivery of projects for the benefit of the rakyat,” he said in his winding-up speech for the Ministry of Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development (Manred) today.
On another matter, he said the Sarawak Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (Salcra) was currently working with Sime Darby Plantation Berhad to develop the Salcra Transformation Roadmap 2025 (STR25) to increase average productivity and operation efficiency.
He said among the key initiatives were to increase average yield per hectare to 20 metric tons, oil extraction rate (OER) of 23 percent, as well as aligning all its business activities in order to be profitable.
“I am pleased to inform this august House that the Land and Survey Department has agreed to authorise Salcra to carry out and expedite Section 18 title survey,” said Uggah, who is also Manred Minister.
He said Salcra had formed seven new survey teams, which may be increased when the need arose.
“As at October this year, 655 land titles under Section 18 have been handed to the landowners and a total of 68 lots were surveyed.
“A new policy has also been set for all newly developed areas to be surveyed for the issuance of Section 18 title within three years of development,” he said.
On the Unit for Other Religions (Unifor), he said that RM38.947 million of the RM50 million allocated to Unifor this year to assist non-Islamic houses of worship had been disbursed in grants to 299 such houses of worship.
He said they were now in the process of disbursing the balance.
As for the Native Courts Sarawak, Uggah said the state government had appointed a consultant group to undertake a comprehensive study on the transformation of the Native Courts in Sarawak.
“The final study report is expected to be completed by end of this year,” he said.