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Introducing the Land Law Reform (Renewal of Terms and Documents of Titles and Acquistion) Ordinance 2009 Bill
Assemblyman for Sentosa, Chong Chieng Jen submitted a Notice of Motion pursuant to Standing Order 45 today, first time an opposition party has done so in DUN.
In the notice of motion made available to the press today, it stated “Whereas under the existing Section 26 of the Land Code (cap 81) upon expiration of the term secured under a document of title to land, the person claiming thereunder has no guaranteed right of renewal of the term.
And Whereas this has created great uncertainty, anxiety and concern amongst landowners throughout the State of Sarawak whose terms of documents of title will expire within the next 20 years.
And whereas the premiums imposed by the Government on renewal of terms of documents of title are excessive and many landowners find them burdensome and unaffordable.
And Whereas the provision under the Land Code (cap 81) in respect of Resumption of Alienation land are unfair, in particular, the ooperation of Section 47 thereof in the asessment of the compensation amount and the delays in the payment of compensation amount for land resumed by the government.
for the better protection of the rights of landowerns in the state of Sarawak. It is hereby moved that leave be granted by this house to the Member for kota Sentosa to introduce the Bill entitled “an ordinace to provide far automatic renewal of terms of documents of title to land an a fair process of compulsory acquisition of land, the assessment of compensation to be made on account of such acquistion and other matters incidental thereto”. The short title of the Bill shall be “Land Law Reform (Renewal of Terms and Documents of Titles and Acquistion) Ordinance 2009.
With the passing of t his Bill, it will solve the predicament of the landowner of Sarawak. The Bill will repeal part of the Land Code (CAp 81) in so far as relating to renewal of terms of documents of title and resumption of alienated land. the leading features of this Bill are:
1. It provides for automatic renewal of terms of documents of title to land without any payment of premium.
2. It provides that the notice issued under Section 47(1) of the Land Code (Cap 81) shall lapse and cease to be of effect on the expiry of two years after the date of the notice in so far as it related to any land or part thereof in respect of which the government has not acquired within the said period of two years and
3. It provides for prompt payment of reasonalble compensation amount for land resumed by the government.
Summonse flying around cause for concern, DAP
Mechanic, Henry Goh approached the DAP for assistance yesterday which he felt he and his wife were wrongly issued summons on December 3 last year at Tunku Abdul Rahman at 8.55 pm and March 23 last year at 7.07 pm at Green Road.
Wong King Wei, Special Assistant to MP for Kuching, Chong Chieng Jen said he received the december summon recently by post and even though he was sure his wife, Lo Siew Lee (the car under her name) never go out at night, he decided to pay the summon as it was RM30.
Yesterday morning, while at the police station, he was shocked when he was told that there was another unpaid summon in March.
Goh said he decided not to pay both summons and asked the DAP for help. He said he would not know if the police would issue him more summons without his knowledge.
Wong said his legal firm had decided to help Goh and would take out the case. He said it was up to the police to prove that the car was there both times. He said he was worried that the summon could be posted with malice.
The Road Transport department has issued a letter to Wong King Wei, Special assistant to MP for Kuching Chong Chieng Jen to allow seven car owners to have their summon cancel and instead be given a warning.
Talking to reporters yesterday, Wong said he was approached by seven car owners who had parked their vehicles along Jalan Court House on February 17 this year. The car owners were customers and business owners in the area.
Wong wrote a letter to the Director of RTD on February 18 asking the department to cancel the summon as he felt that the said road was closed for construction purposes and there was no through road in the area.
He said since the closure of the road on April 1 last year, the businessmen in the area complained that their business had dropped by 50%. Wong said due to that, even with the closed road, the RTD still wanted to issue summon to the people.
Wong said after the RTD replied, he hoped that the road would be reopened as construction work on the building had stopped for a while. He said the road belonged to the people and to close the road is not only affecting the business of the people there but also affecting the smooth flow of the traffic.
Despite him bringing the matter to the Land and Survey two weeks ago, Wong said he had yet to receive any reply from them.