OWNERS of leasehold properties in Negri Sembilan whose titles are close to expiry will be given priority in converting them to freehold.
Mentri Besar Aminuddin Harun said his administration had been told by the Federal authorities that such properties could be converted to freehold status based on provisions in the National Land Code.
Aminuddin said he was told by Land and Mines director-general at a recent meeting that the state government would only need to submit an application to the Federal Government for approval.
“My administration has also decided that an individual who has more than one leasehold property can only apply to convert one to freehold status.
“His other properties will remain leasehold,” he said when met after opening a Xiang Qi (Chinese chess) tournament at SM Agama Haji Mohd Said in Seremban.
The state Pakatan Harapan had prior to the May 9 general elections pledged to convert leasehold properties to freehold if elected to power.
Aminuddin said he was glad that the pledge which was part of the election manifesto would soon come to fruition.
On a separate matter, Aminuddin clarified that his administration supported the move to recognise the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) but insisted that it would have to be improvised to enable the students to have a good grasp of Bahasa Melayu and Sejarah.
“We have no problems recognising the UEC but these students should also have a good command of Bahasa Melayu and Sejarah.
“This is important as our children must know their own history and be able to converse in Bahasa Melayu as well,” he added.
UEC is issued to graduates of Chinese independent high schools and the United Chinese School Committees’ Association of Malaysia (Dong Zong) has been pushing for it to be recognised for years.
Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik had said last week that Pakatan Harapan would stick to its manifesto and recognise UEC as a legitimate entry requirement for tertiary education.