Landowners not forced to join Salcra projects

Miro Simuh

KUCHING: Nobody is forced to take part in any Sarawak Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (Salcra) project, said Serembu assemblyman Miro Simuh.

“If you have your own capital and willingness to work on your own, you just proceed,” he said today (Feb 6).

He noted that there were pros and cons of Salcra’s jurisdiction, but pointed out that not all smallholders had the capital and manpower to develop their own land.

He said this in response to a recent statement by Parti Bumi Kenyalang (PBK) political affairs director Raymond Thong who claimed that Salcra’s current business model does not provide optimal benefit for landowners.

Thong had called upon the state government to disband Salcra’s operation and allow smallholders to run oil palm plantation estates.

In turn, several Salcra participants had expressed their discontent over Thong’s comments as they believed these comments did not hold water.