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Communal land titles for natives scrapped: Shafie

9th August, 2018


KOTA KINABALU: The issuance of communal land titles for the natives has been scrapped and the existing beneficiaries will be issued individual titles, in an approach called ‘land for the landless’.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal said that this is to protect the rights of the natives, and to avoid overlapping claims.

According to him, with the issuance of the individual titles, it will also discourage joint venture arrangements.

However, he said that the existing joint ventures between the beneficiaries of the current communal titles and other parties can be continued but with renegotiated terms as it will now involve individual owners.

“The individual native title cannot be charged, transferred or assigned. This term is very important because it will ensure those who were granted the lands will not be able to charge them to banks.

“Neither can the individual title be dealt with in any manner by the way of power of attorney.

“These measures are necessary to protect the lands that will be granted to the deserving natives,” he told a press conference after chairing the weekly cabinet meeting at his office here yesterday.

Shafie said that the implementation of the new measures will be done within this year.

He also disclosed that land applications by deserving natives or their parents will be pursued accordingly according to the records.

Some 96 communal titles have been issued by the previous government comprising a total area of 152,268.23 acres involving 13,789 beneficiaries in 271 villages in 15 districts throughout the state.

Out of the 96 communal titles, 27 of them have joint venture arrangements with government-linked companies such as SLDB, LIGS and SEDIA, and 27 others have joint ventures with private companies.

“We will restructure the current communal titles. The beneficiaries can rest assured that they will get it but no longer in groups. It is individual title so they have every right to it,” he added.

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