KUCHING: The Land and Survey Department (JTS) has cumulatively measured a total of 999,853 hectares of land as of Aug 31 despite the challenges posed by Covid-19.
This was pointed out by JTS director Abdullah Julaihi who stated that 776,226 hectares of the total had been gazetted under Section 6 of the Sarawak Land Code.
“In addition to that, 55,970 hectares of land had been measured individually. This continuous effort is part of the responsibilities entrusted to us along with other tasks involving the preparation of Village Expansion Schemes, Resettlement Schemes as well as being the facilitator for other client departments.
“The work is done so that there is land available for development, may be for basic infrastructure, roads, bridges and telecommunication tower networks among others,” he said.
Abdullah was speaking during the JTS Innovation and Integrity Day (HIITS) at the Banquet Hall of Sarawak State Legislative Assembly (DUN) Building yesterday (Sept 6).
The department also launched its ‘Kompilasi Piktorial Sedekad Menggagahi Pengukuran Tanah Hak Adat Bumiputera (NCR) Inisiatif Baharu (2010-2020)’.
“Despite the many successes we have achieved, we are aware that there is always a need to improve and learn. This is because we believe the biggest room is the room for improvement.
“This is why our Innovative and Creative Group Convention (KIK) serves as a platform for constructive criticisms and mutual benchmarking for the best practices. With advice and guidance from Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg as well as his deputy chief ministers, we strive to achieve perfection in the journey ahead,” he said.
Abdullah added that the department had amended and would implement its Organisational Anti-Corruption Plan (OACP).
“This illustrates our commitment in supporting the anti-corruption policy as advocated by the government,” he added.
At the same time, 10 JTS officers were awarded for showcasing high value of integrity in carrying out their duties.
For KIK JTS 2021, Lands Tahai Q Hybrid Ta’rom emerged as the winner with its project entitled ‘Kutipan Royalti Lesen Memindahkan Batuan (Tanah) bagi Projek-projek Kerajaan adalah Rendah’ while Accurate secured the second place with its project entitled ‘Pemohonan Pengeluaran Surat Hakmilik di dalam SPS dan SPK yang Rendah’.
Innotech Q9 came third with its project entitled ‘Kesukaran Mengenalpasti Garisan Pengukuran Semasa Kerja Ukur di Kawasan Hutan’.