Saturday, 26 March 2011

Villagers receive NCR land titles

KUCHING: To-date a total of 269 Native Customary Rights (NCR) land titles have been given out to residents of Kampung Tanjung Poting, Singai Bau.

FINALLY OURS: Sugut (right) shows the NCR land title with village mate Naroh Regus after the presentation of NCR land titles at Kampung Tanjung Poting.

The first 175 titles were issued to the villagers from 2004 to last year.

The remaining 94 titles were presented to them by Assistant Minister of Environment Datuk Peter Nansian last Friday during the ‘Leader with the People’ programme at the village.

The titles were issued by Land and Survey Department for plots in which the residents had built their houses and lands which were free of disputes under the Traditional Village Development Programme (Program Peningkatan Kampung Tradisi).

Other areas in Singai and Bau will also be issued with NCR titles under the on-going NCR perimeter survey exercise implemented under the Tenth Malaysia Plan targeted to be completed by 2015.

“This is the dedication of the Barisan Nasional government to put the people first,” said Nansian, who is also Tasik Biru incumbent.

He also advised the residents of Tanjung Poting not to take the April 16 state election lightly and think wisely before casting their votes.

“Do not just look at the candidates during the election period. We must also know which party the candidate is from.

“Be smart, look at the big picture, vote for a party that will most likely form the government,” he reminded them, adding it was important to do so to ensure uninterrupted development.

He also told them that the land titles were for perpetuity and they were not charged processing fees.

At the function, Nansian handed out donations from the state government to needy residents there.

He also gave out minor rural project grants of RM5,000 to the Parents-Teachers Association of SK Atas, RM15,000 to the village development and security committee of Tanjung Poting and another RM15,000 to St James’s Church Betikie.

When met, recipients said they were very grateful that they were given the land titles.

Sugut Nyapiew, 69, said she was very happy that her land is now under her name and is officially documented.

“I’m very happy that the process went on smoothly. Now, I can have peace of mind knowing that there are proper and official documents for my land and so are my children,” she said.

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