THE difference between the National Land Code (NLC) and the Sarawak Land Code (SLC) is that the latter stands on its own.
“SLC is independent. It does not have land laws on top of it,” said Santubong MP Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.
He said there were other land-related laws in Sarawak besides SLC such as the Land Custody Development Authority and others but these complemented SLC.
He was speaking during a strategic sharing session on land issues, which was part of the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) Convention 2019 at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) yesterday.
He explained that NLC encompasses all states in Peninsular Malaysia, while SLC and the Sabah Land Code are applicable only in Sarawak and Sabah respectively.
“In Peninsular Malaysia, NLC is the (land) law coordinating the other laws so that there is implementation in all the states there,” Wan Junaidi said.
He stated that land in Peninsular Malaysia was handled by the federal government using the National Land Council under Article 91, Council of Local Government under Article 95A and the National Physical Planning Council.
He said that Sarawak and Sabah are not under these articles. “Our (land) laws are independent of any council and not controlled by any constitution.”