Commitment to people’s land rights

(News from Miri on the 17th) The transfer of the land promulgated in the Gazette under Article 6 of the Land Law to Ba Kung Kampong Malay and the transfer of 266 title deeds under Article 18 of the Sand Land Act today proves that Sarawak The government’s efforts are not nonsense, but show the Sarawak government’s commitment to the people’s land rights. Deputy Governor Shah Datuk Ama Awangdanya was invited to attend the Gazetted Land Handover Ceremony issued under Article 6 of the Deed of Lease and Land Law today, as stated. He said that the presence of everyone really shows that the efforts of the Sarawak government, especially the land development and management of the Miri Division, have received great support and cooperation. He said that the Sarawak government has always recognized and defended the rights of the people on their indigenous customary lands. Indigenous customary land surveying is nothing new, because since the 1960s, before the Aboriginal Customary Land Surveying Scheme was launched in 2010 in Sarawak, the state land code part III and traditional rural surveys have been implemented. plan. He pointed out that the previous method was less efficient because only about 260,000 hectares or 642,460 acres of indigenous customary land were successfully completed in about 50 years from 1960 to 2010. This means that on average only 5,200 hectares of indigenous customary land can be measured each year. “Therefore, the Sarawak government introduced a new method in October 2010, which is implemented in two phases. The first phase is to carry out peripheral surveys and reports as a public protected area for indigenous communities in accordance with Article 6 of the State Land Law . And in the second phase, land surveys and land leases in Shanlo were conducted in accordance with Article 18 of the State Land Law. “He said the new method is more efficient and can have a huge impact on indigenous communities throughout Sarawak. Apparently, the achievements of the survey as of December 31, 2019, of which approximately 934,288 hectares or 2.3 million acres of perimeter have been successfully measured in the first phase, of which approximately 750,000 3456 hectares have been promulgated in the Gazette Or a perimeter of 1.861 million acres. “This means that with this new method, indigenous customary lands can measure an average of 103,809 hectares per year. Based on this achievement, the sand government is able to increase the measurement output of indigenous customary lands by nearly 20 times compared to the old method. He said that prior to the survey, a dialogue was held with relevant land claimants in indigenous customary lands. It is designed to provide information and feedback before actual work. Measurements were made only with the consent and support of the relevant land claimant. “It is worth noting that this perimeter survey was performed at the request of indigenous customary land claimants. If they do not wish to measure the perimeter of their land, this will not be possible.” He said that the same For cases that are still in dispute and are being tried in court, no assessment will be performed unless the case is resolved or withdrawn by the relevant parties. However, if you wish to participate in the new indigenous custom land initiative, you must resubmit a new application. He noted that the previous federal government was very concerned about the land in Sarawak, even though they knew the land was under Sarawak government control. From 2010 to 2018, the federal government allocated RM 161 million to measure the indigenous customary land in Sarawak, which proves this. The Sarawak government has allocated RM40 million for indigenous customary land surveys in 2019, and allocated the same amount (RM40 million) for indigenous customary surveys in 2020. He said that as of December 31, 2019, only RM 20.88 million had been issued. In the 2020 budget submitted by the federal government on October 11, 2019, it did not announce funding for Sarawak’s indigenous custom surveying plan. “What are they doing, the Pakatan Harapan MPs, they failed to ask the state government for appropriation of indigenous custom surveys next year.” He said that when asked in a timely manner, they did not acknowledge their weaknesses, but they only countered them. The perimeter measurement of this Article 6 is that the state government is seizing people’s land. He said that some people even pointed out that the land promulgated in the Gazette in accordance with Article 6 of the Sand Land Law was intended to seize the indigenous customary land of the people, which is actually not a mere political means. This is because, as stated in Article 6 of the Sand Land Act, this is to identify and confirm valid indigenous customary land boundaries and to register them in the land register. “Therefore, there is no doubt that because the boundaries have been measured, marked and drawn in the plan, there is no doubt about the boundaries between the communities. You can access this information through the eMap and LASIS mobile apps, or any Land Office and The Survey Bureau inquired online. “He said that according to Article 18 of the Sand Land Law, this clear boundary would facilitate the measurement of land ownership in each lot. Land developed by indigenous custom or developed by SALCRA will be more effectively planned. “So if any other indigenous custom landowner believes the above allegations, they can return the enactment. That’s what I often say at press conferences, and if they don’t, they can return it to the government.” But until today, no Any land issued is returned. This shows that the acceptance of this perimeter measurement is very good, and the allegation is a lie. What actually happened was that after the area was gazetted in Article 6, the number of applications for perimeter measurement and single-lot batch measurement was increasing. He pointed out that, in addition to the perimeter measurement, the focus of this year’s measurement is to measure the land in Shanluo in the area promulgated in the Gazette in accordance with Article 6 of the Sand Land Law in accordance with the application and preparation of the land claimant. To date, 32,302 acres of land have been successfully surveyed, involving 40,415 hectares (98,986 acres). These lands have been issued in accordance with Article 18 of the Sand Land Law. He stated that in order to enhance the capabilities of the Land Survey, particularly in the enforcement of indigenous custom land boundaries, the Sarawak government has approved the recruitment of 467 various types of officials to increase the existing capacity of the Land Survey, including to the Sarawak Government The additional expenditure provided is estimated at RM 30 million per year. As this capacity builds, the agency believes it will be able to contribute more effectively to ensure the state government’s desire to implement development projects and recognize land rights. He called on Sarawak indigenous custom land owners to not have to worry, and the Sarawak government has always ensured that the rights of these land owners are protected. This can be seen in recent amendments to land laws that recognize all indigenous customary lands and rights of use. In addition, he pointed out that the new measure of indigenous customary surveys is an ongoing effort. The Sarawak government has been working to recognize people’s land rights. Article 18 The title deed enjoys that the landlord does not have to pay premiums, land taxes and other related costs; and the retention time is permanent. “I believe that all sand people, including those present, are rational people and have the right attitude to self-evaluate. I also believe that the good will, careful planning and good cooperation of all of us will ensure this measurement Quickly. “

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