JOHOR BARU: The state has compensated RM204.86mil to landowners who have been forced to relocate due to the Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex (PIPC) project here so far following the land acquisition award hearing.
Local Government, Housing, Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee chairman Datuk Ahmad Zahri Jamil said there were a total of 434 owners who attended the hearing and were handed a compensation award and a “Borang H” which details the amount of compensation offered to the landowner and other related parties.
“If the owner agrees to the offer made, he only has to return the “Borang H” to the Land Office and his compensation will be handed out within 14 working days of when the form was returned.
“So far, 72 owners have accepted the offer completely while 144 accepted the offer but with objections during the hearings in September,” he told a press conference at Kota Iskandar here recently.
Ahmad Zahri said those who accepted the offer with objections had the option of filing an appeal at the high court to negotiate higher compensation for their land.
“So far, only six owners have filed appeals in court while the rest have six weeks to decide before the award is automatically passed,” he said.
He added that the positive response from residents proved that they were happy with the compensation offered by the state government.
“Not even one applicant refused the offer totally. In fact, many are quite happy and have surrendered their Borang H.
“The minimum compensation amount handed out is about RM100,000 but most of the residents are receiving much more than that,” he said adding that he could not divulge the actual amount given to them as it could lead to social ills.
Ahmad Zahri said so far, 33 cheques amounting to RM13.7mil had already been given out to land owners.
“Owners have been given a time limit of six weeks or 42 days (from the time that the award was decided in court) to return the Borang H and the cheques will then be sent out in batches,” he said adding that the compensation involved residents in Kampung Sungai Kapal, Kampung Langkah Baik, and Kampung Teluk Empang.
Ahmad Zahri said to facilitate the whole process, the Land Office in Pengerang will extend its operations to Saturday and Sunday to make it easier for land owners to collect their cheques and hand in their Borang H.
The PIPC project will be built on 19,768.4 acres (8,000 hectares) of land and involves the relocation of 28,050 residents in the area.
The mega project is part of the state’s efforts to transform Pengerang into a sizable force in the oil and gas (O&G) industry worldwide.