PERIMETER SURVEY AND SECTION 6 OF THE LAND CODE DOWNGRADES NCR LAND STATUS SAYS YB ALI BIJU of N34 KRIAN.
In the Utusan Borneo on 23rd August, it was reported that NCR lands at Entebu, Selambung and Bajau Saratok, an area covering 1,024.8 ha, have been declared as Communal Reserve Land under Section 6 of the Land Code on the 7th of April, 2011. The Section 6 status was granted to the natives in these areas after Perimeter Survey was conducted earlier this year on these lands.
“The natives of Entebu, Selambung and Bajau Saratok must be enlightened on the practical aspect of Section 6. They must be educated on the real worth of the land as Communal Reserve Land as compare to a titled land under Section 18 of the Land Code,” said Ali Biju, ADUN for N34 Krian.
The danger of Section 6 which many native NCR landowners are not aware of is that once notice is issued under Section 6, the title issued is under the name of the community, not individual landowners, and effectively the land is held in trust for the Government by the community.
“Once this happens, this gives the Government the right to extinguish the rights of the landowners at any time and then pay them peanuts as compensation! This effectively downgrades NCR status!” said Ali Biju.
Ali Biju stressed that “Perimeter Survey, on the surface, looks like the Government is pretending to solve NCR problems but in actual fact it is the Government which is actually creating the problem in the first place. Is this what Barisan Nasional is all about, hoodwinking the poor natives and robbing them of their ancestral lands in the name of development?”
Ali also had more questions for the Ministers in charge of lands, “Now, how about the rest of the much bigger NCR lands adjacent Entebu, Selambung and Bajau Saratok which are outside the Communal Reserve Land that have just undergone perimeter survey? Can the native landowners now feel relieved thinking their NCR lands are outside this perimeter survey? Or are these State lands by virtue of the perimeter surveys, and can Provisional Licenses be issued by the Government at its whims and fancies?”
“The rural folk of Krian who have legitimate rights over their lands demand answers, and it is my duty as their representative to demand these answers from the ruling government,” insisted Ali Biju.