Monday, August 10

Sebako land titles delayed by department’s long but necessary process, DUN told


Datu Len Talif Salleh

KUCHING: The delays in the issuance of land titles under Section 18 of the Sarawak Land Code for the Sarawak Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority’s (Salcra) Sebako Scheme in Lundu is due to the process must be taken, said Datu Len Talif Salleh.

The urban development and resources assistant minister said the process included information verification, field measurement, formal acceptance of the claim, exhibition table of claims and preparation of the land titles.

“The process needs to be done in detail because it involves ‘indefeasibility of title’, where the Land and Survey Department is responsible for ensuring the integrity of each land title issued,” Len Talif said in response to a question from Dato Ranum Mina (PSB-Opar) at the State Legislative Assembly.

Ranum had asked why there were delays on the issuance of land grants to participants involved in Salcra’s oil palm plantation scheme, especially in the Lundu District Sebako Scheme which is almost at the replanting stage.

Len Talif went on to say that for the Salcra Sebako Scheme, as many as 1,153 lots had been surveyed, and 702 from the total were issued with land titles under Section 18 of the Sarawak Land Code.

“The land title issuance for the remaining 451 lots are currently being finalised,” Len added.

He also said that in order to speed up the matters of issuance of land titles in Salcra schemes, Salcra and the Land and Survey Department had identified appropriate mechanisms to ensure the issuing of land titles could be done systematically.