Sunday, September 19

Don’t sell land for quick gain, rural folk told

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Julaihi’s wife Datin Saadiah Buji Saadiah (third right) presents aid from the Sarawak Wives of Ministers and Assistant Ministers Welfare Association (Sabati) to a recipient. Julaihi is on her right.

Julaihi’s wife Datin Saadiah Buji Saadiah (third right) presents aid from the Sarawak Wives of Ministers and Assistant Ministers Welfare Association (Sabati) to a recipient. Julaihi is on her right.

SEBUYAU: Rural land owners should safeguard their property, rather than selling their land for quick gains.

Assistant Minister of Rural Development Datuk Julaihi Narawi said as the government was emphasising on rural development, land owners would be able to utilise their property for economic development.

“To those people in the rural areas who have land, my advice is that the land must not be sold to outsiders, but to be opened up for economic development because the government is putting emphasis on developing rural areas, which will benefit land owners,” he said at a Hari Raya Aidilfitri gathering at Sungai Ladong on Thursday.

The Sebuyau assemblyman feared rural folk would only be left with a plot of land to build their houses should they sell their land for a quick buck.

“Outsiders are looking for the opportunity to buy land in rural areas because they know that these areas will be developed. So we must be very careful and not to sell our land,” he advised.

He said Sebuyau had been enjoying various development projects including the construction of the Batang Sadong bridge, which would be completed next year.

“Now is our turn in rural areas to enjoy development like our counterparts in urban areas. So we must grab the opportunity by continuing to give strong support to Barisan Nasional (BN) under our Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem,” he said.