Uggah (left) presents a land compensation cheque to a recipient.

KUCHING: The state government recognises the Native Customary Rights (NCR) land and its ownership under Section 6 of the Sarawak Land Code (SLC) asserted Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.

He said if the land was needed for development purposes, the owner would be fairly compensated.

The Bukit Saban assemblyman labelled instigations by irresponsible individuals who claimed otherwise as “ludicrous and pathetic”.

“They are slandering the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government to suit their own agenda,” he said after presenting a total of RM474,000 in compensation to 27 recipients whose land was affected by a road project in Ulu Bayor in Debak, Betong today.

Earlier, Uggah attended a miring (offering ceremony performed by longhouse chiefs) ceremony in conjunction with the commencement of work to construct the first phase of the Long Penom/Ulu Bayor/Danau/ Betong Road estimated to cost RM9.9 million.

The Deputy Chief Minister, who is also Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development Minister, also advised longhouse dwellers who already had treated water supply not to do away with their old gravity feed water system.

He said the old gravity feed water system would be useful if the longhouse water supply was interrupted.

Uggah also reminded longhouse dwellers to continue complying with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the authorities to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It is very commendable that your longhouse committee is doing all these. It is not that you fear the law but you are observing the SOPs willingly for the sake of your family members, relatives and your community,” he added.

Also present were Political Secretary to the Chief Minister Dr Richard Rapu, Betong Resident Friday Belik and divisional Public Works Department (JKR) engineer Chiresley Francis Kureng.