Govt to study freeing up wakaf and baitumal land for development

  • Property
  • Wednesday, 20 Nov 2019

PETALING JAYA: The Housing and Local Government Ministry is studying the use of freeing up wakaf and baitumal land for developmental use.

Baitumal land refers to land that is given to a Baitumal foundation whereas wakaf land is for community use, for example, education or religious purposes.

Housing & Local Government deputy minister Datuk Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah said an announcement may be made in January 2020 after the ministry completes their research on both types of land, their size, location and number.

“There is a lot of prime land in cities around the Peninsular Malaysia, particular those in the East Coast, which are wakaf land. Much of this land has been neglected. They may be used for a warong (stall) and so on. So the government has decided it is time to make this land commercially viable and practical,” Kamarul said.

“This can be done by freeing up the land for commercial or residential use,” Kamarul said after presenting his keynote address at the Housing Conference 2019 organised by the Rehda Institute, the education and training arm of the Real Estate & Housing Developers Association (Rehda).

A new act will be needed to oversee the freeing up of wakaf and baitumal land, usage and other details.
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