Thursday, October 29, 2009

Give villagers land titles for lots, govt urged

BINTULU: Folk of Kampung Penan Muslim at Mile 10, Bintulu-Miri Road have appealed to the government to be issued with land titles for their housing lots.

The villagers who number 800 from 170 households would feel more at peace if their housing lots were issued with titles, said community leader Temenggong Abang Suhaili Abang Mohamed.

Speaking on behalf of the villagers during a ‘majlis Berambeh Berlanggar Meja’ with the Head of State Tun Datuk Patinggi Abang Muhammad Salahuddin and wife Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Norkiah at the compound of Masjid Darul Falah at the village recently, Suhaili said the titles’ would give the villagers a sense of security.

Besides, he said with titled land the villager would feel very proud of their success in the sense that not only they now have electricity, water and other basic amenities but even the land where their homes stand belong to them.

Earlier, he thanked Salahuddin for his willingness to share the joy of Aidilfitri with the villagers.

Meanwhile, the village representative Raini Pie when met said his family had been residing in the village since 1968.

According to him, the village stands in what is now known as Kampung Penan Lot 162 reserve lands, meaning that residents are sharing one big piece of land with no individual lots demarcated.

“We do hope the government will issue us individual titles,” said Raini.

Raini also lamented that the villagers had to pay RM1,800 per household to get piped water, which he described as being too high.

“We hope that Lembaga Air Kawasan Utara (Laku) Management Sdn Bhd can get down to the field and look into our problem thoroughly so that the cost to have clean water supply by the villagers can be reduced,” he said.

Also present at the function were Jepak assemblyman Datuk Talib Zulpilip and Resident Ismail Mohd Hanis.

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