Awang Tengah (third left) presents a mock land compensation cheque to a representative while others look on.

KUCHING: The widespread development charted by the state government in the rural district of Belaga is done to benefit the locals, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan.

“This proves that everything the Sarawak government has planned will be implemented for the pleasure and wellbeing of the people.

“Thank you to all the landowners involved in the projects for providing unwavering cooperation to the government during the land acquisition process,” he said when officiating at the presentation of compensation and land titles for the Kapit Division at the Belaga community hall today.

Awang Tengah said the state government aimed to improve the accessibility to Belaga with it only reachable via water transport before the construction of Jalan Belaga-Menjawah.

“Belaga is connected to Bakun Dam via Jalan Belaga-Menjawah. From there, Belaga is connected to Bintulu and from Bintulu, to other parts of Sarawak. It is also the access route to seven nearby longhouses.

“The government is also building the entrance to Uma Sambop along the 4.2km-standard R1 and Jalan Bakun Bypass.

“Such infrastructure facilities enable the state government to focus on lifting the economy of the people in Belaga, especially in the field of agriculture,” he said.

Earlier, the deputy chief minister presented a total of RM1.419 million in compensation to 181 landowners whose lands are involved in three projects implemented in Belaga.

At the same time, he also presented 62 land titles to 55 landowners along Batang Rajang and Balui, Belaga under Section 18 of the Sarawak Land Code.

“With the land titles, no one can dispute your ownership of the land,” he said.