The addition of Rm60mil to do perimeter survey on NCR lands has been reported by Borneo Post-which also add that the surveys will be for `next year’ ie most likely to be after the state poll. The government funded surveys will prioritise `cooperative’ landowners-leaving no imagination as to who they will exclude. By making the survey a political carrot to induce partisan voting the Minister Awang Tengah expose the policy as one which do not give fair treatment to all-as almost always the case with the ruling party policies before this.
NCR land survey gets RM60 mln boost
by Philip Kiew. Posted on December 12, 2010, Sunday
BAKONG: Another RM60 million would be made available for conducting perimeter surveys of NCR land for 2011-2012, bringing the total amount for carrying out the exercise to RM80 million.
However, priority would be given to NCR landowners who give full cooperation to the authorities while lands still under dispute in the courts would be excluded from the exercise to avoid interference with legal process, said Second Minister of Resource Planning and Management Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan.
As a continuation of the first phase of the exercise following the initial RM20 million provided by the federal government to survey 27 areas in every division by this year-end, the new allocation is to cover 30 areas throughout the state earmarked to be surveyed next year.
He said this yesterday at a press conference after launching ‘1Malaysia People Gathering’ in Beluru in Bakong sub-district of Baram.
He pointed out that the exercise would be continuous and staggered as about one million hectares of NCR land were yet to be surveyed.
“The government cannot implement it in one go but we will give priority to those who cooperate in this perimeter exercise,” he said.
Asked on the status of those who withdrew their suit in court and applied for perimeter survey, he said their cases would be duly considered, pointing out that survey of NCR land had been an integral part of the state government’s initiative to give due recognition to NCR land ownership.
Asked if the opposition would continue to harp on NCR land issues in the coming state election, he said: “We have already tackled NCR land issues.”
Meanwhile, on the 1Malaysia People Gathering, he said it was a good avenue for cross inputs and feedback by the government and the grassroots to promote unity, harmony and knowledge.
In his speech, he said the prevailing unity, social harmony, peace and political stability must be safeguarded and upheld.
Among the events were karaoke competition, children colouring contest, Pentarama concert and jigsaw quiz.