Awang Tengah (third left) is presenting the land title to a recipient.

MIRI: The Sarawak government has always acknowledged the people’s rights on their Native Customary Right (NCR) land, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan.

“The government of Sarawak has allocated RM40million to carry out perimeter survey work for NCR lands last year,” he said, adding that it’s a reflection of the state government’s seriousness and commitment on NCR land issues.

He said this at the handing over ceremony of land titles to 204 landowners under Section 6 and Section 18 for the Bakam, Lambir and Bakong areas on Friday.

Awang Tengah who is also Minister of Urban Development and Resources (II), reminded the people to not easily fall for the opposition’s propaganda — that the state government under the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) would grab their lands using Section 6 and Section 18.

Awang Tengah (third left) is presenting the land title to a recipient.

“Nonsense, and paloi, there is no reason for the government to simply grab people’s lands.

“In the case of land acquisition for infrastructure development, landowners are given fair compensation. We have always been sincere in helping the people,” he said.

He also added that the rakyat should not believe the opposition’s baseless accusations.

“Every time election is around the corner, they would come up with the same strategy to ruin our image,” he pointed out.

On another note, Awang Tengah also reminded landowners not to sell their land to others once they received their land titles.

“Do not sell the land, please. It should be developed and put to good use,” he said.

Also present were Lambir assemblyman Ripin Lamat and Miri Land and Survey department chief Supt Hardi Fadillah Hamzah.