Land and Sur­vey ex­plains re­fusal to re­new land lease

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KUCH­ING: The Land and Sur­vey De­part­ment re­jected the ap­pli­ca­tion for re­newal of the land lease of Lot 176 Gad­ing Lundu Land Dis­trict be­cause ground in­ves­ti­ga­tions showed the land was used to op­er­ate a re­sort.

A state­ment from the de­part­ment’s public re­la­tions unit said this was a clear breach of the per­mis­si­ble use of the land which is con­di­tioned for agri­cul­tural pur­poses only.

The de­part­ment said this in re­sponse to a press con­fer­ence by Sarawak DAP chair­man Chong Chieng Jen on Wed­nes­day at­tended by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Ocean Beach Re­sort over its ap­pli­ca­tion to re­new the land lease which will ex­pire on Dec 31, 2024. Chong said he had writ­ten a let­ter to the dept seek­ing an ex­pla­na­tion on the lat­ter’s re­fusal to re­new the land lease.

Ac­cord­ing to the dept, the land owner through their con­sul­tant was called up and ad­vised to rem­edy the breach by sub­mit­ting a proper ap­pli­ca­tion for a vari­a­tion of ti­tle con­di­tion (AVTC) for con­sid­er­a­tion by the State Plan­ning Author­ity (SPA).

“Upon ap­proval of the AVTC, a new ti­tle bear­ing a term of 60 years will then be is­sued af­ter all for­mal­i­ties have been com­pleted,” it said.

Chong also pointed out that “few in­di­vid­u­als” have ap­proached the land own­ers last year to buy the par­cel of land owned by co-propi­etors of the re­sort but the own­ers re­fused to sell.

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