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Debate on proposed amendment (Land Acquisition Ordinance) December 12, 2009

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DEBATE ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO THE LAND ACQUISITION ORDINANCE                                                                  DATE: NOV 18TH 2009

By ADUN YB JIMMY WONG N57 SRI TANJUNG

  1. 1 The proposed amendment to section 2(e)by deleting the relevant section will have the effect of broadening the definition of public purpose under the Ordinance. Without the amendment, “public utility” means those undertaken by the Government. Federal Government,a local govnt or any corporation incorporated directly by written law  etc. With the amendment, the effect of it will be that the “public purpose” in connection with any public utility does not have to be limited to those undertaken by the Government.

 

  1. 2 I do not think such amendment has the effect as proposed i.e. to bring it in line with the other paragraphs of the definition where the bodies undertaking or providing the purposes stated in the Ordinance was not expressly provided for. I am proposing that this be further looked into before a decision is made on the same.

 

  1. 3 As for the proposed amendment to section 97(2) of the Land Ordinance wherein the old provision would need the Collector shall affix his own signature thereto in order to be satisfied with the authenticity of the memorandum. With the rampant cases of fraud happening as far as land transfer are concern, I do not think the deletion of this requirement is advisable. Even with the implementation of the electronic registration, although the signature of the Collector may not be required, however, the fact that his verification of the authenticity of memorandum is still required. I therefore, proposed that the proposed amendment be modified.

 

  1. 4 One way is to have electronic finger print system like what the IC department do now when we make our new Mykad.
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Jawapan Soalan 20 mengenai geran tanah April 5, 2009

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Untuk makluman jawapan kepada soalan saya ini baru saya terima minggu lalu

 

Pertanyaan-Pertanyaan Untuk Jawapan Lisan Sidang Dewan Undangan Negeri Sabah 17 – 20 November 2008

 

Soalan 20

 

Y.B Tuan Jimmy Wong Sze Phin [Sri Tanjong] bertanya kepada KETUA MENTERI, kenapakah Jabatan Tanah dan Ukur sekarang mengambil masa yang lebih panjang sehingga empat (4) bulan untuk mengesahkan grant tanah untuk pinjaman bank sedangkan dahulu cuma perlu satu minggu.

 

Jawapan:

 

Tuan Speaker,

 

Untuk makluman Ahli Yang Berhormat dari Kawasan N.57 Sri Tanjong bahawa pengesahan pendaftaran transaksi yang melibatkan cagaran di atas geran tanah adalah dikendalikan oleh Bahagian Pusat Pendaftaran Tanah (Central Land Registry) di Kota Kinabalu terutamanya jika ia melibatkan geran-geran CL, PL, TL atau ST. Permohonan untuk Sijil Penyiasatan Geran Tanah Rasmi (Official Land Title Search Certificate) diminta oleh pihak peguam/firma guaman bagi pihak institusi kewangan yang berkenaan, dikemukakan kepada Bahagian Pusat Pendaftaran Tanah pada masa mereka menyampaikan geran tanah serta dokumen cagaran (charge) untuk pendaftaran bersama-sama dengan permintaan untuk Sijil Penyiasatan Geran Tanah. Dalam pada itu, pihak peguam/firma guaman sepatutnya tidak mengemukakan permintaan untuk mendapatkan Sijil Penyiasatan Geran Tanah sehingga cagaran berkenaan selessai didaftarkan. Bahagian Pusat Pendaftaran Tanah tidaklah dapat mengeluarkan Sijil Penyiasatan Geran Tanah yang diperlukan sehingga pendaftaran cagaran telah selesai. Untuk kes-kes tersebut di atas, permohonan untuk Sijil Penyiasatan Geran Tanah adalah proses serentak dengan pemprosesan untuk pendaftaran “Memorandum of Charge” dan akan dikeluarkan apabila pendaftaran selesai. Pada kebiasaannya, masa yang diambil ialah diantara 8 hingga 10 minggu daripada masa dokumen-dokumen dan permohonan pengesahan diterima sehingga dokumen-dokumen didaftarkan dan Sijil Penyiasatan Geran Tanah dikeluarkan.

 

Akibatnya daripada peningkatan pembangunan di seluruh Negeri, khasnya 5 tahun terakhir ini, di mana pihak para pemaju telah bermula menjual lot-lot rumah/kedai yang sedang dibina kepada para pembeli atau bakal pemilik, kebanyakan penjualan dan pinjaman dikendalikan dengan tanpa geran-geran individu bagi lot-lot yang dijual, tetapi perjanjian jual beli dan permohonan pinjaman bank terikat kepada geran asal ataupun “Master Title”. Ini bereti, jika seorang pemaju projek perumahan hendak menjual 500 lot rumah kepada para pembeli/bakal pemilik rumah yang meminjam daripada pihak bank yang berlainan, semua 500 institusi pemberi pinjaman/bank yang berkenaan akan mengemukakan Kaveat masing-masing melalui pihak peguam mereka untuk didaftarkan di atas “Master Title” yang berkenaan sebelum mereka dapat memulakan pengeluaran wang pinjaman secara berperingkat. Kebanyakan bank yang berkenaan memerlukan Sijil Penyiasatan Geran Tanah tentang status Kaveat mereka di atas “Master Title”. Masalah yang dihadapi bagi semua pihak ialah dokumen geran hanya satu sahaja, tetapi dokumen Kaveat yang diterima dari semasa ke semasa (selepas penjualan) tidaklah dapat diproses sementara waktu kerana “Master Title” yang berkenaan masih digunakan untuk pemprosesan pendaftaran Kaveat-kaveat sejenis, yang telah diterima lebih awal lagi. Bahagian Pusat Pendaftaran Tanah tidak menafikan bahawa dalam keadaan ekstrim, masa yang diambil untuk pendaftaran Kaveat/pengeluaran Sijil Penyiasatan Geran tanah bagi pengesahan pendaftaran Kaveat, telah mengambil masa sampai 4 bulan bermula daripada masa penyampaian Kaveat kepada “Master Title” oleh pihak firma guaman. Pada masa ini Bahagian Pusat Pendaftaran Tanah mempunyai lebih kurang 150 “Master Title” yang aktif yang sentiasa dalam tindakan seperti tersebut di atas. Geran-geran ini termasuklah “Master Title” kepada geran-geran subsidiary bagi bangunan tinggi yang bertingkat.

 

Untuk makluman Dewan yang mulia, sejak 5 tahun kebalakang ini, permohonan untuk mendapatkan Sijil Penyiasatan Geran tanah telah meningkat lebih 20% dan secara purata Bahagian Pusat Pendaftaran Tanah menerima lebih kurang 10,000 permohonan pada setiap tahun. Pendaftran urusniaga tanah, termasuk pengeluaran Sijil-Sijil Penyiasatan Geran Tanah dikendalikan oleh kakitangan Bahagian Pusat Pendaftaran Tanah yang mahir dalam hal-hal urusniaga tanah. Tugas-tugas yang dikendalikan tersebut amatlah mencabar kerana sebarang kesilapan yang tidak sengaja, (i.e satu Sijil Penyiasatan Geran tanah yang disediakan dengan makluman yang salah dan disahkan oleh Pendaftar Tanah) boleh mengakibat transaksi tanah yang dilaksanakan berdasarkannya oleh pihak berkenaan, yang mana kemudiannya membawa kerugian besar kepada kerajaan dalam kes-kes yang dibawa ke Mahkamah. Di samping itu, kakitangan Bahagian Pusat Pendaftaran Tanah juga diamanahkan dengan tanggungjawab menjaga ketulenan dokuman-dokuman yang diterima untuk pendaftaran. Berhubung dengan perkara ini, sekumpulan kakitangan yang berpengalaman dengan urusniaga tanah telah bersara pada beberapa tahun ini dan pesaraan mereka telah mewujudkan satu kekosongan dalam satu jenis kemahiran yang diperolehi melalui pengalaman, dan yang sangat diperlukan oleh Bahagian Pusat Pendaftran Tanah.

 

Jabatan Tanah dan Ukur sedar akan isu/permasalahan tersebut yang dihadapi oleh Bahagian Pusat Pendaftaran Tanah.Dalam usaha untuk menangani isu/permasalahan tersebut, Jabatan Tanah dan Ukur sedang mengambil tindakan untuk melantik semula beberapa kakitangan yang bersara sebagai pendekatan masa jangka pendek. Kakitangan Bahagian Pusat Pendaftaran Tanah telah juga dibenarkan bekerja lebih masa supaya pendaftaran urusniaga tanah dan penyediaan Sijil Penyiasatan Geran Tanah dapat diproses dengan lebih cepat. Sementara itu, pengstrukturan semula kakitangan Jabatan Tanah dan Ukur sedang dijalankan sebagai rancangan masa jangka panjang untuk memperbaiki system penyampaian Jabatan. Dalam pada itu, pada tahun ini Jabatan Tanah dan Ukur telah menubuhkan satu Jawatankuasa Bersama Dengan Persatuan Undang-Undang Sabah, dengan tujuan untuk memperbaiki proses pendaftaran dan juga untuk mebina system “e-Pendaftaran Tanah” dan “e-Search” bagi negeri Sabah.

 

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Slowness of Land & Survey dept. will affect Twu economy February 28, 2009

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I have received many complaints from the public and businessmen that the Land and Survey Department services are getting slower.

 

Instead of progressive, the department is regressive unlike the Immigration Department that is progressive and now can issue passport in a matter of days.

 

Before it only took three-days or the most 1-week to charge a title to the bank, but now it takes up to one to three months.

 

For those taking loans, it is a big stumbling block, and for property developers it’s a hindrance on cash flow. It is also not fair to the banks because banks need to release loans and charge interest.

 

It’s the same with land titles and strata titles where low cost housings owners and tenants had already finish paying the loan but are still waiting for the titles.

 

Why is the Land and Survey Department service and process on issuing titles and strata titles never improve and in fact getting slower?

 

I feel the department should computerize so that titles to be charge to banks for loans could be confirmed within hours.

 

As I see the situation is not getting better, I am going to bring it up in the Dewan (State Legislative Assembly), as many people are not happy with the service and this in particullarly will have an adverse effect on Tawau economy.

Homeless ex-policemen December 26, 2008

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pix1apix2aI visited some ex-policemen at Kampung Dusun near Hill Top today after I was informed that some of them had received notice from the Tawau Municipal Council to dismantle their house and move out by January 1, 2009 dateline.

How cruel, how inconsiderate could our authority be. These are ex-policemen who had served the country and they derserve better than an ultimatum to move out or forced out.

True, they had built their homes on the river reserve of Tawau river, but are they to be blamed after they could not acquire lands to build a house to call home. They are local bumiputra but do not have any lands and they could not afford to buy a house base on their penchants, and are not eligible for low-cost housing as they are not categorize as hardcore-poor.

There are 22 houses at Kampung Dusun and 11 had received such notice. I wonder why the native Dusun’s, why are they targeted when they are other illegally erected houses along the same river reserve which some belongs to foreigners or non-bumiputras. Shouldn’t by right these house should go first and the native Dusun’s houses be left untouched until a suitable place is identified so that they could be properly shifted.

I can’t imagine, where will they live, where will they find shelter, where will they find a roof over their head.

Another thing that struck me is whether there is a conspiracy going on to have them forced out. Is there a catch where someone will gain once they are out of their ‘kampung’.

I am ashamed that we could not take care of our natives and give them lands they rightfully deserved.

I am even more ashamed foreigners all over the state are left-off easy with their colonies still exist though the government had vowed for zero squatters. Worst, they are squatting fro free, receive free water and electricity.

This new year, these ex-cops will be homeless with no one to turn to for help except the government.

This is an important signal to the government. What sort of incentives do these ex-police get if their ending is like this.

The people are already facing hardship but where are the help promised to the people.

Which ever it is for the twenty-two families who built their house along the river reserve of Tawau river and naming their village Kampung Dusun, their only hope is the government to end their problem.

Among them who are waiting to receive such notice is retired corporal Molondoi bin Likob, 61 who is having sleepless night as he do not know where he will put up his family.

Molondoi said he had applied for housing under the poor a few times but was not eligible and had been chased out from a piece of land in Andrassy which he had applied for and a house built there burnt down.

He said he do not owned any lands where he can build a house and cannot afford to buy a house with his monthly pension of about RM1,000.

In the same dilemma with him are other ex-policemen who had also built their home at Kampung Dusun and they too had expressed disappointment that their sacrifices serving as policemen were not valued and now they are left hanging on a thread.

According to them, many of them were from other parts of Sabah but there is no point going back to their respective village as they do not have lands there.

All of them (ex-police) had their last posting in Tawau, and had called Tawau their new home and had tried to apply for land and build their home here, but sadly there are no lands available for these natives.

Feeling humiliated, they questioned why their Kampung Dusun had been targeted to be demolished by TMC while there are other kampungs also along the river reserve belonging mostly to non-natives and foreigners.

Molondoi said they will dismantle their house, but on condition that all the others along the river reserve also ordered to do the same or else the Kampung Dusun residents will defend their homes.

Molondoi who was clearly disappointment on how they are being treated took-off his false leg when posing for a photo with me and said this false-leg is what he got from the government.

They are locals and we should not forget their sacrifices, if they don’t have lands and need lands, then the government could devise a special scheme for local and ex-policemen in gratitude for their service to the country.

If TMC wants to dismantle the houses along river reserve then it should be fair and starts with those belonging to non-locals and that there should not be any double-standards and selective.

 

Kemana Akan Mereka Pergi?

 

Bagaikan layang-layang putus tali, tiada arah, walaupun ada dirikan rumah tetapi tanah bukan ada geran jadi bererti sama juga seperti belum ada rumah yang betul-betul boleh di panggil rumah.

 

Semas lawatan saya ke Kampung Dusun, seorang pesara polis, Molondoi Likob, 61 – penduduk di kawasan tanah simpanan sungai di perkampungan Dusun di sini – melahirkan rasa bimbangnya jika pihak berkuasa memutuskan untuk merobohkan kediamannya suatu hari kelak, tanpa menyediakan kediaman baru untuk dia dan keluarga.

Kebimbangannya itu katanya timbul berikutan 11 buah rumah jirannya di perkampungan setinggan terbabit telahpun diberikan notis perobohan, yang perlu dilaksanakan sebelum 1 Januari 2009.

Untuk rekod, terdapat 22 buah rumah setinggan di perkampungan terbabit.

“Walaupun rumah saya belum menerima notis lagi, tapi kami sekeluarga amat bimbang kerana kalau rumah kami pun menerima notis dan ingin dirobohkan kelak, kami tidak tahu lagi ke manakah harus kami tinggal,” katanya kepada saya..

Dalam pertemuan itu, Molondoi juga memberitahu bahawa beliau sebenarnya pernah memohon sebanyak tiga kali untuk mendapatkan bantuan perumahan, namun kesemua permohonannya ditolak kerana wang pencen yang diterimanya setiap bulan agak tinggi.

Bagaimanapun katanya, wang pencennya itu hanya cukup untuk menyara dirinya dan keluarga, apatah lagi apabila kaki kanannya adalah kaki palsu.

Beliau menyatakan bahawa jika kerajaan benar-benar ingin merobohkan rumah-rumah setinggan sekalipun, penempatan atau kediaman baru haruslah disediakan terlebih dahulu untuk para penduduk tempatan yang terlibat.

Saya berasa simpati di atas apa yang dialami dan dirasai oleh Molondoi serta keluarganya dan mengapakah ini boleh terjadi kepada seorang bumiputra di tanah nenek moyangnya. Manakah pergi hak orang asli di bumi Sabah ini untuk mempunyai tanah sendiri?

 

Saya minta pihak berkuasa kalau pun mahu merobohkan rumah setinggan, robohkan dulu setinggan-setinggan yang didiami oleh pendatang asing. Untuk setinggan tempatan, sediakan dulu rumah untuk mereka dan bukannya terus dirobohkan begitu sahaja.

Saya mencadangkan kepada pihak kerajaan supaya dapat menyediakan kawasan penempatan khas untuk pihak polis dan tentera, bagi memudahkan mereka mendirikan kediaman dan tinggal bersama keluarga semasa selepas bersara.

Semasa mereka masih berkhidmat, mereka dihargai dan dipuji. Tetapi bila mereka bersara, mereka terbiar dan diabaikan. Janganlah biarkan perkara ini terus berlaku. Janganlah kerajaan sampai kerajaan di sifatkan bagai kacang lupakan kulit.

 

Saya juga berharap para Ahli Parlimen and Adun kawasan ini dapat bantu mereka dengan apa cara pun. Yang penting mereka dapat dirikan rumah yang sah di tapak yang sah. Saya tidak menyalahkan sesiapa dalam perkara ini, kerana mungkin terlepas pandang ataupun maklumat belum sampai, tetapi yang penting marilah kita sama-sama mencari jalan dan idea untuk membantu bekas kakitangan kerajaan ini.

 

Houses burnt August 2, 2007

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The Andrassy farmers plea for government kindness. Note behind them one of the 50 houses that they claimed was burnt to the ground by the Forestry Department in September 2006. 

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Poverty up, jobless up, squatters up August 2, 2007

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Chase out the Nagos, Sungai Mantri and Andrassy’s hundreds of farmers and what do we have. Poverty up, jobless up, squatters up.

These farmers are ‘self eliminating poverty’ when they develop those lands, so why shouldn’t they be allowed to carry on.

Yes, their oil palms are planted on forest reserves, but can’t the forest department discuss with them and have a win-win situation.

The farmers could do reforestation replanting while tending the oil palm, and this would reduce forestry manpower replanting and maintaining cost.

The government should have heart to its people who are helping the country to boost the oil palm industry.

Sabah government practising double standards August 1, 2007

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Sungai Mantri farmers plea to let them harvest the oil palms they had planted.Mantri

Is Sabah government through the Forestry Department, practicing double standards? 

The Democratic Action Party (DAP) Tawau branch feels the government is practicing double standard by saying the small scale local farmers in Nagos Forest Reserve, Semporna are illegal, but then legalized it to a company.

Isn’t reserves meant out of bounds for anyone and nobody can apply for the land.

I question the government, in the case of Nagos Forest Reserve, Semporna, why a company Syarikat Warisan Jaya Makmur Sdn Bhd can be made legal to do clearing, planting, maintaining and harvesting of oil palm.

The area of about 2,000 acres was first originally occupied and developed by locals in the 70s. They had planted cocoa, oil palm, fruit trees and other cash crops, but the area was taken over by the Forestry Department on August 2006 and the original developers were called encroachers and chased out even though they are the one who planted, maintained and harvest in the first place.

They were called illegal, but now a company doing the same thing is doing it legally. I ask the government isn’t this double standards.Through the Forestry Department, the company was granted Occupation Permit (OP) so it do clearing, planting, maintaining and harvesting of oil palm, but why can’t the same OP be granted to the original genuine farmers in the first place.

Is it because there are some influential people who have interest in the company that was appointed by the Forestry Department.

The people and DAP wants an explanations from the government.

In the case of Sungai Mantri, the government should not call these genuine 314 farmers of Sungai Mantri, Ulu Kalumpang, Kunak, illegal forest squatters because they opened and developed the land when it was still state land and with no objections from any relevant department 1979.

It’s the government who had encroached as when it did the re-mapping for the Forestry Department it never went down to the field and checked whether the area had already been developed and only waiting for Land Application approval. Instead the government should thank these farmers for developing the logged area which is not producing back then and transformed it into and agriculture land producing oil palm which in turn is helping to boost the country’s oil palm production and economy.

The government through the 9th Malaysian Plan had encouraged its rakyat to go into agriculture and these farmers in Ulu Kalumpang, Andrassy, Nagos and even Sebatik had done so earlier back in the 70s, 80s and 90s, so why is the government turning its back on them when they needed the government support now.

It’s the government who cheated these small scale farmers and planters by giving them hope and promises, or else the farmers would not have gone into the land and start cultivating,

If this happen also to the Sungai Mantri, Ulu Kalumpang, 314 farmers in Kunak, where an individual company is given all rights to plant, maintain and harvest, then it confirms that the government through the forestry is practicing double standards.

On Sunday, July 29, 2007 frustrated, the farmers of Sungai Mantri, Ulu Kalumpang (Kunak), Andrassy (Tawau) and Nagos (Semporna) held peaceful protest and demanded they be allowed to enter and harvest their oil palm fruits.

A same scenario as Nagos, the farmers of Sungai Mantri, Ulu Kalumpang cultivated the they opened the area about 4,725 acres in 1979, when it was a state land and planted cocoa before changing to oil palm in 1993 and all the trees are already producing. However, in 1984 the area was gazette under the forest reserved and they were told to leave the are and not allow to harvest the oil palm fruits.