NCR survey on individual lots

Dispute between the government and community

This type of dispute are those that we often read in the media, and opened to distortion when it reaches the social media. Often the social media community do not have the full detail of the court cases and hence created so much perception on the fact of the case. 

Sadly, netizen simply conclude that it is an act of land grab (ngerampas tanah). However, I have not known of any real case of land grab.

Nevertheless there are cases of land dispute due to acquisition of land for development, mostly agricultural development.

Dispute between the community themselves

I do hear that there are piles of cases related to this type of dispute and many have yet to be resolved. This type of dispute is best resolve at our Native Court.

NCR Land Ownership

To me, the first step of NCR ownership is for the government to recognize that the land is ours through the new NCR Land Initiative Perimeter Survey. 

The fastest and cheaper way to recognize our land is via Sec. 6 of the Sarawak Land Code (SLC). Through the new NCR Land Initiative, the State government have been kind enough to bear the cost to conduct the perimeter survey.  To-date (end 2018) some 1.2 million hectare have been recognized as NCR land under Sec.6 of the SLC.

Ultimately, NCR landowners will only be settled with the issuance of individual land title under Sec.18 of the SLC.

NCR landowners should be happier now that the Sarawak government is focussing on surveying of individual lots as announced by the Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan yesterday.

This however, would take a longer time and higher cost to conduct.  Nevertheless, we are grateful to the State and Federal government for their allocation to bear the cost of this survey works.  Without these allocations, the landowners would be helpless and their dream of having the land titles are in the far distance. 

With the latest amendment to the Sarawak Land Code, we are now able to extract out our NCR land from any PL. The PL owner must also conduct actual survey to identify and extract out the NCR land before developing the said land. I am not a lawyer, so, any PL dispute prior to the amendment of the Sarawak Land Code will be best explained by lawyers themselves.

In the mean time, it will be good for us to begin identifying our land boundaries and to settle any dispute between the communities.  The longhouses may set up a Land Survey Committee to manage this task and that all dispute are resolved.

By the time the Land and Survey Dept arrive at our longhouse to conduct the perimeter and/or individual lot survey, it will be smooth and save everyone of time and cost.

The above is my personal opinion. I may be wrong and be corrected.

WordPress 3.0

WordPress fans, it’s here: The first beta of WordPress 3.0 has been released.

In a late-night announcement Jane Wells, the UX lead at Automattic (the parent company of WordPress), laid out some of the many new features in the version 3.0 beta of the popular blogging software. The first thing she points out is a new custom menus system, which she makes clear “is not quite finished.”

The newsworthy aspect of the release is the merger of WordPress and WordPress MU (multi-user), a fork of WordPress that allows multiple blogs to operate from a single installation. These two features are fully merged in WordPress 3.0, although you should probably read the instructions before taking this feature out for a test drive.

There are other changes to the UI and interface as well, including the addition of a new default theme, Twenty Ten, and custom post type functionality improvements.

If you’re brave, you can download the update and take it for a test drive yourself. If you do, let us know what you think of the newest build of WordPress in the comments.

Check out my test site powered by WordPress 3.0!

Sepupok patiently waiting for a piece of the RM3.4billion

This photos will give us a better explanation of what the rakyat would expect from the RM3.4billion fund announced by our YAB Prime Minister recently. Despite being a stronghold area of the Barisan Nasional, and a merely 4.5km from Batu Niah Bazaar, where a water treatment plant is located, the rakyat from Skim Sepupok has yet to get their share of clean and treated water supply. Will it become a reality by the end of 2012?

The school above is well connected to the power grid, but the water problem is just unbearable, especially during this dry season. Imagine the students’ kidney having to filter all that….!

This is where the students’ get their water supply! Read more at Utusan Borneo.

The nearest source of water could be this Sungai Sebatu.

And the photo below is the “upgraded” part of Sungai Sebatu. It is also the bathing place for the residents of Tr. Ngindang.

A photo of Tr. Ngindang’s longhouse.

We leave it to YAB Prime Minister to change the scene of this pipe within the next three years.

And, to the YBs concerned, please do not wait for the rakyat to beg and wait, because it is your duties to deliver. The Tuai Rumah is not educated enough to write a good and impressive formal letter to ask for water supply. It is good enough to request verbally during randau sessions and for the YBs office to follow up with formal letters and seek funding from the Federal agencies.

We can see it, and we must act on it!