Bill will provide new source of revenue

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KUCHING: The Land Code (Amendment) Bill, 2022 will provide for a new source of income for Sarawak.

Youth, Sports and Entrepreneur Development Minister Datuk Seri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the amendment Bill would add more definition to the meaning of ‘land’.

“If initially ‘land’ in the Land Code means any land that we step on (in the State), the amendment will add more meaning in terms of its expression spectrum.

“In the spectrum, there are a lot of things that could happen in the future as it is where the connectivity signal is being used.

“And the said signal can bring a lot of income once it is recognised as part of the land that is under the authority of the State,” the Asajaya assemblyman said at the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Asajaya Branch meeting at Raia Hotel here on Sunday (May 15).

He explained that when the spectrum is put under the authority of the State, any service operator that wants to come to Sarawak would need to seek the State’s permission.

“This is Sarawak’s right and we do not want it to be taken by the Federal government. With the approval of the Bill, it will show that we have full control over it.

“That is why I see that the tabling of the Bill is very interesting and Sarawakians should be grateful that the top leaders are able to see this as the possibility of a new source of income for Sarawak in the future,” he added.

With this, Karim conveyed his hope that the assemblymen would fully participate in ther debate on the matter.

“This is so that not only those in the August House but Sarawakians would also understand what is being done by the government under Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) – to protect the rights of the State and ensure the future of the State is guaranteed,” he said.

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