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Convert land first, then approval
Published on: Friday, May 19, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: Effective June 1, proposed developments involving the conversion of land use or conversion of land title from Native Title (NT) to Country Lease (CL), for example, will require approval for the conversion before the Development Plan (DP) can be approved.

Minister of Special Tasks Datuk Teo Chee Kang (pic), who chairs the Steering Committee for the Review of Subsidiary Title and Management Corporation, said the Government has also set a target to issue strata titles within a year of the Occupancy Certificate (OC) being obtained when the new measure is implemented.

The steering committee which he chaired since early last year is tasked with looking into ways to expedite the issuance of strata titles; expediting the planning permission process including the approval of DP; and simplifying and accelerating the process of application for change of land use and conversion of titles.

"Our work is divided into two stages. First, we are looking for a quick fix solution, which are measures that can be taken by administrative decisions without amending the existing law.

"In the second phase, we will be looking into the amendment of laws in relation to strata title and management corporation."

Teo said the steering committee completed its first phase of work and the report was approved by the State Cabinet on Wednesday.

A circular will be issued to all local authorities and relevant government departments.

The circular seeks to deal with the following issues which are found to be the causes for delay in the issuance of strata titles:

-Failure on the part of landowners to convert the land title conditions to correspond with the use described in the approved DP;

- To address the issue on the delay of the conversion of land title conditions;

- The issue of construction and completion of development projects without conversion of land use, resulting in delay in the issuance of titles to the purchaser;

- The lengthy process for obtaining approval for DP; and

-Delay in the final survey work for purpose of title preparation

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