PUTRAJAYA: The public-private partnership (PPP) ‘e-Tanah’ land administration system in Kuala Lumpur will be expanded to the rest of Peninsular Malaysia by 2024, said Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
The Prime Minister said the online platform for land matters saw much success in its implementation in Kuala Lumpur and Perak, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The pilot e-Tanah system was pioneered in 2017 by the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Land Office.
“Throughout its execution, the system has successfully improved the quality and efficiency of land administration in the federal territory.
“When the country was hit by the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, we saw how the e-Tanah system has enabled land matters such as private searches, tax payments, transfer applications and land mortgage applications to be conducted online in a safe and efficient manner.
“Following KL’s success, this PPP e-Tanah system was expanded to Perak in February this year.
“In Perak, the e-Tanah system also showed excellent performance and the platform is being utilised fully by the state government for land matters.
“The Federal Government is now working to expand the system to Putrajaya, Labuan, Selangor, Terengganu, Pahang, Johor, Kedah, Perlis and Kelantan by 2024.
“I have been made to understand that the e-Tanah system concession agreement for the Putrajaya and Labuan land offices will be signed today,” said Muhyiddin, in a virtual speech when opening the National Land Day 2021 celebrations on Monday (July 27).
Muhyiddin said the PPP e-Tanah System was initiated by the federal government in 2014 with an aim to standardise land administration in states and to reduce bureaucracy.
“The system also looks to increase transparency and integrity in land administration.
“I believe, the implementation of this system can also contribute to the country’s development while at the same time generating revenue to state governments,” he said.
Muhyiddin added that Malaysia’s innovations in land administration have also received international recognition, including from the World Bank.
“According to the Ease of Doing Business Report issued by the World Bank, in 2020 Malaysia was ranked 12th compared to 15th in 2019.
“The World Bank also recognised Malaysia's efforts in improving public sector performance in its 2017 report entitled “Enhancing Public Sector Performance: Malaysia's Experience with Transforming Land Administration”.
“The report shares Malaysia’s experience in transforming land administration with other countries.
“Besides that, the e-Tanah System was also accorded the Gold Award Public Sector at the Asean ICT Award 2018 in Indonesia,” said Muhyiddin.
The theme of this year’s National Land Day is “Facing Post-Covid-19 Challenges in Land Administration”.
Due to the pandemic, the programmes this year are held virtually and include webinars as well as talk shows on radio and television.