Land and Survey Department Finally Issued Individual Land Titles To 7 Landowners at Bintawa Industrial Estate

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Press Statement By Violet Yong:

The Land and Survey Department has finally issued individual land titles with a lease term of 60 years to all seven parcels of Industrial lot in Bintawa Industrial Estate situate beside the Bintawa Wet Market after a lapse of 30 years.

Since 1990, this group of landowners have been operating at the industrial estate under temporary occupation licences (TOL) after they were asked to relocate from the original site at Petanak. They are mainly cottage industry traders and operators of salted fish business.

This morning I accompanied few of them to Land and Survey Department to collect their respective original document of titles.

They are thrilled and feel very grateful to DAP for fighting so hard in getting the authority to issue them with the titles.

In fact, the landowners had earlier on sought the help from SUPP regarding their plights before they approached DAP but to no avail.

Previously, before the issuance of the land titles, the operators were not able to either charge their land or seek any financing to expand their lives with. Their rights over the lands were also not protected and recognised under the Sarawak Land Code Cap. 1958 as they were only holding TOL.

Violet Yong
ADUN for Pending
22.9.2021