KUCHING, Nov 14 (Bernama) --The Ministry of Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development is now looking at the leasing model as an alternative development model for Native Customary Rights Land to complement the existing models which have been implemented since the 1970’s.
Its minister, Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said under the proposed leasing model, the lease rental rates would be based on the principle of "willing seller and willing buyer".
"This model is currently being practised by landowners and investors through privately arranged ventures.
"My ministry will regulate the non-formal arrangement by registering the agreement to safeguard the interests of NCR landowners and investors," he said in his winding-up speech at the State Legislative Assembly sitting, here, today.
Uggah said to date, three privately arranged ventures had been registered with the ministry.
On land issues, Uggah who is also Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister, said with the absence of funding in 2019 from the federal government to continue with the perimeter survey, the state government had filled the gap by approving a sum of RM40 million to ensure that there would be no disruption to this initiative.
Touching on the Sarawak Land Code (Amendment) 2018, pertaining to Native Territorial Domain (NTD), Uggah said the committee under his chairmanship was in the midst of fine-tuning the Rules Relating to Applications for Native Communal Titles.
"My ministry together with Majlis Adat Istiadat Sarawak will be organising a road show on the Sarawak Land Code (Amendment) 2018 throughout the state in 2019.
"This proposed road show will be supported by the state Attorney-General’s Chambers and Land and Survey Department," said Uggah.
On Rural Growth Centres (RGC), he said that under the mid-term review of the 11th Malaysia Plan (2016-2020), the approved ceiling for RGC was RM178.4 million.
“For 2019, the proposed budget for infrastructure works is RM41.4 million for RGC Opar, Beladin, Long Lama and the construction of a reinforced concrete jetty at RGC Semop and RGC Beladin,” he said, adding that his ministry was working with the Sarawak Land Custody and Rehabilitation Authority (SALCRA) to carry out infrastructure works for the Long Lama RGC.
In response to the request by the member for Kedup, Uggah said his ministry would study the model that would be appropriate for his area.
Uggah noted that there were currently two Rural Transformation Centres (RTCs) in the state, namely RTC Betong and RTC Sibuti, adding that the federal government had decided to hand over the operations of both RTCs to the state government.
“These RTCs which serve as one-stop centres for the rural community play an important role in providing services.
“With the handing-over of these two RTCs, the state government will review the management and operations of the RTCs to identify the essential services and the agencies that could be located at these centres,” he said.
Uggah also said that for 2019, SALCRA had been approved with a total allocation of RM22 million comprising, RM2 million from the state government and RM20 million from the federal government under the Ministry of Rural Development.
“Out of the RM20 million allocation from the federal government, RM14.16 million is in the form of loans for oil palm replanting and the mill waste management project.
"The balance of RM5.84 million is in the form of a grant to carry out estate infrastructure projects and for the supplementary economic activities programme.