Villagers get compensation for land acquired in highway project


The happy longhouse chiefs posing with Adenan and other ministers.

SIBU: Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem has hit out at critics for hurling all sorts of lies in accusing the government of not compensating land owners for acquiring their property for development.

This also included not providing land titles after doing a perimeter survey.

Speaking at the presentation of land title and compensation totalling RM25mil to communal reserve land owners yesterday, he said the critics were all “bulak” (telling lies) in their attempts to discredit the Barisan Nasional government.

The compensation amount of RM25mil showed that their propaganda were all lies, he added.

“When we gazetted the land, they said we could simply acquire land anyhow we like.

“What is the purpose of gazetting the land and later refusing to give out compensation,” said Adenan.

Adenan said the government had to acquire land from the people to build roads but there is compensation involved.

“We cannot build roads in the sky. If the critics say they can, then let them build 1,000km of road in the air,” he challenged them.

As for land in villages and kampung in the rural area, the Chief Minister said perimeter survey and the provision of land titles were done to end disputes over the ownership of the property.

A total of 173.361 hectares in Sibu, Julau and Mukah had been acquired for the construction of the Pan Borneo Highway and the land owners received RM25mil in total compensation at the ceremony.

Adenan also gave out Communal Land Reserve title to two owners in two areas – Dijih Ulu in Tamin Selangau and Pasir Terabai Nanga Tamin, Batang Oya Selangau.

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