Thursday, April 23, 2009

Some land devt info not divulged: Tengah

MUCH ADO ABOUT LAND MATTERS: (From left) Fadillah, Naroden, Masing, Tengah, Manyin and Baya during the opening ceremony.

BINTULU: The government cannot simply announce every detail pertaining to the development of certain areas.

The reason, according to Second Minister of Planning and Resource Management Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan, is to stop speculations by certain quarters.

He said when speculators are at work, the ordinary people would not benefit.

But be that as it may, the state government will continue to disseminate information about land development programmes, he said.

Officiating at a two-day state-level land seminar at Parkcity Everly Hotel on Tuesday on behalf of Chief Minister Pehin Seri Abdul Taib Mahmud, he said information would be given out continuously.

This, he said, would ensure that the people would not be confused by certain groups who try to manipulate and influence them to go against the government’s land development programmes.

“The opposition has used land issues as part of their agenda during the recent by-election in Batang Ai, but failed to convince the rakyat in the area to side with them,” Tengah said.

According to him, the government could not avoid making changes to the state’s land implementation and administration policy as it should be in accordance with the prevailing social and economic situation.

On the Land and Survey Department’s Land and Survey Information System (Lasis) which was certified by the Malaysian Productivity Corporation (MPC) early this year, he said it was among the best such system in the country and would continue to upgrade its effectiveness.

According to him, Lasis which was established in 1984 has succeeded in improving the department’s conveying system especially in regard to the registration of land ownership letters which can now be processed in four days.

State Tourism Minister Datuk Michael Manyin Jawong; Land Development Minister Dato Sri Dr James Masing; Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Fadillah Yusof; Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office who is also the Assistant Minister of Planning and Resource Management Mohd Naroden Majais; State Secretary Datuk Amar Wilson Baya Dandot; Land and Survey Department director Datu Sudarsono Osman; Acting Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Planning and Resource Management Datu Len Talif Salleh; assistant ministers, assemblymen, assistant state secretaries and about 400 participants comprising government officers, and community leaders from various divisions attended the seminar.

Six working papers would be tabled during the seminar with two forum sessions.

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