Villagers receive RM7.9m in land compensation

Jamilah (fourth left) at the cheque-presentation ceremony.

KUCHING: A total of RM7.9 million has been paid to 46 landowners in compensation for their lands used for the Kampung Stunggang Melayu village extension scheme (SPK).

Tanjung Datu assemblywoman Datuk Amar Jamilah Anu said the sum involved 49 lots with total area of 82.3 acres.

“The support from villagers and community leaders in the Lundu district in working alongside the state government has allowed the Kampung Stunggang Melayu, Lundu SPK to be implemented and completed last year.

“However, due to the movement control order (MCO) following Covid-19, this (compensation cheque presentation) ceremony was postponed.

“Today, it is done in a simple ceremony, with adherence to the Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs),” she said when officiating at the presentation of compensation cheques to landowners involved in the Phase 1 of Kampung Stunggang SPK at the Lundu district office today.

Meanwhile, Kuching Land and Survey Department superintendent Alfian Bawi said more than 200 housing lots would be constructed within the SPK area.

“The lots will be complete with facilities such as electricity and water supply, a community hall and sports fields. The housing lots will be complemented with tar-sealed roads and proper drainage.

“Application for the housing lots has to be made to the Land and Survey Department for consideration,” he said.

Alfian added that the state government has also lowered the land premium rate by 50 percent to RM2,500.