KUALA LUMPUR – Malay reserve land is estimated to cover four million hectares nationwide as of October last year, an increase of 10 per cent from 2008.
Deputy Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Hamim Samuri said the total acreage was sourced through the Peninsular Malaysia Malay Reserve Data Management Steering Committee.
“However, the committee was now in the midst of collecting more precise data on these reserve land from the state governments,” he said when replying to Datuk Seri Ikmal Hisham Abdul Aziz (BN-Tanah Merah) on the total acreage of Malay reserve land that remained.
Replying to a supplementary question from Ikmal Hisham who asked about the government’s efforts to develop Malay reserve land, he said, the government was always striving towards that direction.
However, Hamim said it depended on the potential and condition of the reserve land such as acreage, position and whether there were overlapping claims.
“Assistance provided by the government is always open and the closest example is the land on complicated lots such as in Kampung Baru,” he added. – BERNAMA