The gazetting of Native Customary Rights (NCR) land in Sarawak is not implemented during the election only as it is an ongoing process, said State Resource Planning and Environment second minister Awang Tengah Ali Hasan.
Denying the opposition’s allegation that the Sarawak Land and Survey Department only issued NCR land titles during the election, Awang Tengah said the land survey work is conducted all the time and titles would be issued every month.
According to him, the state government had successfully completed the perimetre survey on 610 areas involving 1,012,384 hectares, Bernama reported.
“The total land that had been surveyed is wider than the rest of the state of Selangor.
“This is not ’empty talk’ because the survey work is being carried out continuously,” he said when presenting the Native Communal Reserve (Agriculture) title under Section 6 and Section 18 of the Sarawak Land Code.
In this regard, he said, owners could prevent their land that had been surveyed and gazetted from being encroached by outsiders.
“If the land is encroached upon, we should stop it because this is our right,” he said.
He said the state government was also considering to survey individual lots but the owners must have an agreement among themselves to do so.
“If individual lots need to be surveyed, we will arrange it, but there should be an agreement between the individuals involved,” he added.