Tuesday, September 22

‘Various measures taken before issuance of land titles’

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KUCHING: The process of issuing land titles under Section 18 of the Sarawak Land Code for lands involved in Salcra’s (Sarawak Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority) Sebako Scheme needs to be done in detail.

Thus, various measures such as information verification, field measurement, formal acceptance of claim, exhibition table of claims and preparation of land titles need to be undertaken, said Assistant Minister of Urban Development and Resources Datu Len Talif Salleh.

“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 measured, and 702 from the total were issued with land title under Section 18 of the Sarawak Land Code.

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

He also said that in order to speed up the 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.

As for the remainder of unmeasured individual lots in the Salcra Sebako Scheme area and when its implementation would be, Len Talif said that based on Land and Survey Department records as of Sept 30 this year, as many as 218 agriculture lots had not been measured but would be measured in the near future.

“Salcra and the Land and Survey Department will form a special measuring team to ensure the measurement works can be carried out immediately,” he said.

He also stressed that any land titles issued under Section 18 of the Sarawak Land Code under Salcra schemes would have a 10-day ‘no dealing’ sanction from the date of the land title registration.

“Any applications for any business such as transferring and securing the land would require written permission from the Sarawak Land and Survey Department director as well as no objections from Salcra,” he said.