State govt committed to resolve NCR land issues

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MIRI: Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan says the oppositions tend to create what he calls ‘politics of fear’ every time election is approaching.
He stressed that during elections, land issues had always been brought up by certain individuals to create fear among the people.
“This is what we call as ‘politics of fear’….(why they bring up the issues) because they want to create fear among landowners by accusing the government of grabbing peoples’ lands,” he said.
Awang Tengah pointed out, that the state government under the leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg was committed to accelerating perimeter surveys to resolve the Native Customary Right (NCR) land issues.
He said, via NCR New Initiative Survey programme, more than 2.5 million acres of NCR lands has been surveyed,of which 800,000 acres have been gazetted.
“The State government’s policies are very clear, (that is)  we acknowledge and recognise NCR ownerships, as long as the claimants have solid proof,” he said when presenting land titles under Section 18 of the Sarawak Land Code to 252 recipients from Rumah Ampik, Kampung Beraya, Kampung Nusah and Kampung Sebalik Tiris at Kampung Beraya Miri on Tuesday (Nov 30).
He asserted that the New Initiative Survey programme reflected the Sarawak government’s efforts to acknowledge NCR land ownerships.
“Why we carried out perimeter survey, this is to avoid any land encroachment and other issues in the future, when your lands are surveyed no one can encroach into your land,” Awang Tengah said.
He added via the various policies and the New Initiative Survey programme, it was crystal clear that the Sarawak government was helping the rakyat.
He called on the people in Beraya and Lambir to rally their support towards the ruling Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) to ensure continuity of services for the rakyat.
“We need a stable government to transform Sarawak into a high-income state in Malaysia,” he said.
During the programme, Awang Tengah also presented cheques to assist small and medium enterprises (SMEs) via Sarawak Micro Credit Scheme (SKMS) amounting to RM4.6 million to 165 participants in Miri; RM18,000 for Technical and Vocational Entrepreneurs Programme and RM27,000 for Graduates towards Entrepreneurships (USTEV) programme.

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