SIBU – Claims by irresponsible quarters that the government wants to grab native customary rights (NCR) land have been proven to be false.
Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Seri Douglas Uggah Embas pointed out that the government had carried out a perimeter survey on 750,000 hectares of land while another 540,000 hectares had been gazetted as NCR land.
In fact, the government had gazetted the land for free as a service to the local people,” he told Bernama after launching the Small-time Commodity Farmers Transformation Programme at Rumah Panjang Kusau, Selangau, about 140 kilometres from here, today.
Also present were Local Government Assistant Minister Datuk John Sikie Tayai, who is also BN candidate for the Kakus constituency in the 11th state election. Uggah is facing PKR in Bukit Saban.
“A total of 5,000 individual land titles have been issued under this programme,” he said. – BERNAMA