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9 Marudu villages to get land titles soon
Published on: Wednesday, April 05, 2017
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9 Marudu villages to get land titles soon
Kota Marudu: Nine villages here will be getting titles 12 months from now for their Native Customary Rights (NCR) land involving about 2,200 hectares.Land and Surveys Department Director, Datuk Safar Untong said the Native Land Services (Pantas) programme will be used to survey the land in Marak Parak Zone involving about 800 lots in Kg Sorinsim, Kg. Marak Parak, Kg. Pangapuyan Baru, Kg Laguhang, Kg Tangkol, Kg Talamason, Kg Pompodon, Kg Kias and Kg. Sunsui.

He said a total of 298 land applications have been approved in these nine villages that have been surveyed and most have been issued with titles involving more than 1,956 acres.

"The land to be surveyed through Pantas are the remaining NCR areas that have been occupied by the villagers for generations.

"Five teams will survey the estimated 800 lots on the NCR land in the nine villages and the work would take about eight months to be completed.

"Therefore, issuance of the land titles for the nine villages would begin a year from now," he said in his speech at the launching of the Pantas surveying programme on NCR land in Marak Parak Zones by Energy, Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus J. Ongkili cum Bandau MP at the open hall in Kg Marak Parak, here.

Also present were Community Development and Consumer Affairs Assistant Minister Datuk Anita Baranting cum Tandek assemblywoman, Prime Minister Department Implementation of Coordinating Unit (ICU) director-general Datuk Seri Ahmad Zaki Ansore Mohd Yusof, Sabah Development Officer Dato' Ruji Ubi, Land and Surveys Department deputy director (development) Sernam Singh, Kota Marudu District Officer Arnold Joibi and other senior officials.

Safar called on the rural communities in the nine villages to give full cooperation to the surveying teams.

He said part of the forest near the nine villages will be zoned as water catchment area (protected area) in an Integrated Management Plan for Bandau Floodplain and Associated River Catchment Study carried out by Department of Drainage and Irrigation, which is at final stage to be tabled to the Sabah Water Resource Council.

Under the Pantas programme, Safar said a special building will be built in the Land and Surveys Department which will be named as 'Native Land Administration Section' that will address land matters involving Sabah natives and will be administered exclusively and effectively.

At the moment, he said the section has 101 personnel doing field work of surveying and personnel in the office and the manpower would be increased once the special building is completed in February next year.

"The Pantas programme also involves mobile land office that render direct service to villagers who live in remote areas.

"The mobile office offer services like land investigation, registration of land application forms and tax collection, among others.

"For this purpose, a bus and three vans that have been modified and equipped with land processing software will begin its services middle of next year as the expenses for these are funded by the Federal Government via a Special Programme for Sabah natives," Safar said.

He also the department thanked Dr Maximus, who is the joint chairman for a Cabinet Technical Committee for Minority Bumiputera Sabah/Sarawak, for getting the approval for Federal special funds of RM19.89 million for the NCR survey work programmes in Sabah.

"Of the figure, RM10 million has been received by the department on Feb 19, this year. We also thanked to the ICU Director-General Ahmad Zaki and ICU officers for giving full support to the programme and carried out tremendous effort until there was approval to the funds.

"With the RM19.89 million, the department has targeted to resolve land surveying works on 17,000 hectares this year," he said.

Since 2012 until now, Safar said a total of 12,332 individual lots of NCR land have been surveyed involving total acreage of 19,844.59 hectares while 2,366 lots with land applications for native titles with total acreage of 4,958.89 hectares had been surveyed using the special fund.

Besides these, he said 7,235 individual lots or NCR land are currently being surveyed in 82 villages with estimated acreage of 26,730 acres in five districts. - Hayati Dzulkifli


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