192 Bau residents in S'wak get RM9.648mil in compensation for acquired land


BAU: A total of 192 residents of Bau, about 35.2km from Kuching, received RM9.648mil in compensation for land acquired for two government development projects at the Dewan Redeems Centre in Singai here Saturday (Nov 27).

A total of RM5.56mil was paid out to 163 residents for the Kampung Tanjung Poting, Tanjung Senibong and Tanjung Bowang road upgrade project while another RM4.088mil was paid to 29 other residents for the road project in Kampung Apar.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, who presented the cheques to the recipients, said the government could have opted not to acquire the land in Bau but that would mean the projects would have been located quite far away.

"However, these projects are for the community, to facilitate connectivity, electricity and water supply, telecommunications, roads and for local area development,” he said.

He said for these projects to take place, the government had to acquire their land.

Regardless of ownership status, he said as long as there was proof that the parcels were native customary land, the residents will be duly compensated, adding that this was in line with the state Land Code and the Federal Constitution. - Bernama

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