SOME 229 hectares of native customary rights (NCR) land in Sungai Tajam and Batang Oya is the first in Sibu to be surveyed under the state government’s New NCR Initiative.
The survey was at the request of the landowners, said Sibu Land and Survey Department superintendent Christina Lau.
“As we move on to the next step, which is the perimeter survey, the Department shall continuously consult the community,” she said at a dialogue with villagers of Sungai Tajam and Batang Oya.
In ensuring the success of the implementation of the new initiative, Lau called on the longhouse residents to render their full co-operation to the department, especially in helping to identify their perimeter boundaries.
“This will enable survey work to be completed in a speedy manner. Our target is to complete perimeter survey of Sungai Tajam area by middle of next month and hopefully with assistance from the landowners, the department will be able to achieve this target.”
After the completion of survey works, the land would be gazzetted as Native Communal Reserve under Section 6 of the Sarawak Land Code. The gazette would be kept at the Land and Survey Department as well as District Office and a copy extended to the head of the longhouse.
The gazette itself would be a legal proof that the area had been surveyed and rightfully belonged to the community, said Lau.
“Survey of NCR land under the new initiative is an ongoing process and will continue until the end of Tenth Malaysia Plan which is until 2015. More areas in Sibu will be surveyed,” she said.