Commitment in cultivating innovation, creativity

Abdullah Julaihi

KUCHING: The Land and Survey Department (JTS) continues to be committed in cultivating innovation and creativity among its staff regardless of any challenges including those posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

JTS director Abdullah Julaihi pointed out that the theme ‘Tranformasi Perkhidmatan Memacu Aspirasi 2030’ for the department’s Integrity and Innovation Day (HIITS) 2021 was aligned with the state government’s aspiration to achieve the status of a developed and high-income state by the year 2030.

In saying this, he said that activities were still organised in compliance with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) and new norm as set by the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).

“Our Innovative and Creative Group Convention (KIK) this year showcased 13 innovation projects; 12 were development of applications based on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) while one was on the technical use of solar system in pilot land survey works in the field.

“Two out of the 13 projects involved a collaboration with the Public Works Department (JKR) Limbang division and Sarawak Islamic Affairs Department (Jais). These projects were presented at the Sarawak Civil Service Innovation Convention Award (SCSICA) 2021,” he said.

Based on The Digital Economy by Don Tapscott, Abdullah said the department focused on knowledge, innovation and immediacy from the 12 Themes of the New Economy in the context of generating innovation and integrity.

He stated that characteristics of real time, data sharing, electronic government and digitalisation were imbedded in each innovation group for KIK.

“For example, the RTP Smart project by Lands Tahai Q from Limbang which championed the SCSICA 2020 combined all these characteristics for a service that is fast, accurate and with integrity.

“Immediacy is evidently incorporated in the mobile Land and Survey Information System (Lasis) which initially had nine features but had been expanded since then.

“All of the department’s main services can be accessed electronically. The department has also established its own YouTube channel known as LANDAS YouTube, “he said.

At the same time, Abdullah highlighted the Land Registry Counter which had seen an increase in its value of transactions. It was among the services supervised through the appointment system in addition to the mobile LASIS.

He pointed out that the Land Registry Counter was opened to complement essential economic activities as it facilitated banking needs for collateral, rental and transfer of property.

“RM35.5 billion was recorded for the value of transactions as of Aug 31 this year in comparison to the RM10.5 billion in the same period last year.

“This value refers to the injection of cash flows into the market and it also shows how important the role of this registration counter is,” he said.

Abdullah added that every year, the value of transactions involving property was not less than RM29 billion.