Kpg Hi­jrah folk’s 40-year wait for land ends

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SIBU: The Sarawak gov­ern­ment has ap­proved an in-situ re­set­tle­ment in Kam­pung Hi­jrah, putting an end to the 40-year wait for the vil­lagers to own a piece of land.

As­sis­tant Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion, Sci­ence and Tech­no­log­i­cal Re­search Dr An­nuar Ra­paee an­nounced the good news dur­ing a briefing with some 300 vil­lagers here yes­ter­day.

“There are five blocks (of land) in Kam­pung Hi­jrah, which are owned by Land Cus­tody and De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (LCDA). The gov­ern­ment has agreed for the in-situ re­set­tle­ment.

“Three of the five blocks (of land) will be given to the peo­ple. This is a good move by the gov­ern­ment for peo­ple to own land. Ac­tu­ally, they have waited nearly 40 years for this,” he said when met af­ter the briefing.

LCDA gen­eral man­ager Datu Sa­jeli Ki­pli and Land and Sur­vey De­part­ment Sibu su­per­in­ten­dant Nor­lina Raee were also present at the briefing.

“I am very pleased that it has come to this stage where the gov­ern­ment has de­cided for an in-situ set­tle­ment in Kam­pung Hi­jrah,” added Dr An­nuar, who is also As­sis­tant Min­is­ter of Hous­ing and Pub­lic Health.

He said the area spans about 64ha.

“The three blocks (of land) - A, C and D have 366 lots (al­to­gether), which will be sur­veyed. Block A has 153 lots, Block C (132 lots), and Block D (81 lots).

“Those who fall in block A or D will be given a lot each in ar­eas that do not be­long to LCDA.

“From th­ese 366 lots, 200 lots have houses on them. The re­main­ing 166 lots will be dis­trib­uted to those in need of it.”

The Nangka as­sem­bly­man as­sured that there would be no re­lo­ca­tion for the vil­lagers un­less the area has been marked for road con­struc­tion.

In the event that it does, the af­fected house­holds will be re­lo­cated the nearby three blocks, he said.

He added that more com­pre­hen­sive and sys­tem­atic in­fra­struc­ture could now be worked out for this vil­lage.

Abang Jo­hari (front row, ninth left) poses for a photo with other guests and award re­cip­i­ents. Also seen at front row are Juma’ani (eighth left), As­fia (tenth left), Wong (ninth right), Dr Sim (eighth right) and Azmi (sev­enth left). — Photo by Mohd Rais Sanusi

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