Abang Johari presents a certificate of appreciation to PBB veteran Datuk Seri Empiang Jabu while Datuk Seri Rohani Karim (second left), Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas (behind Abang Johari), Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan and Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof. Photo: Ghazali Bujang

KUCHING: The state government will take over the lands owned by Tabung Haji Plantations in Betong and Simunjan.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the state government was in the final stages of negotiations with the plantations company on the price of the lands.

“We are currently in negotiations with Tabung Haji to take over the plantations in the near future. With that we can help the smallholders in the area.

“Give me three months, all of this will be settled with Tabung Haji, not only for this area but also the area under Tabung Haji in Simunjan,” he said when officiating at Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) mini convention in Betong on Saturday.

Abang Johari added that the state government was also looking to set up an Agropark in Betong to help develop the coastal areas.

The chief minister reminded the people to take good care of their land and develop it to increase their incomes.

“We have land but we are not developing it. My advice to landowners is do not sell your lands. If you have native customary rights (NCR) lands, don’t sell it. Take good care of your land,” he said.

He pointed out that if the landowners sold their lands, eventually they would not have any land left for their future generations.