Posted on June 29, 2011, Wednesday
SECOND Planning and Resource Management Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan called on his BN colleagues to step up efforts in creating awareness of the government initiative in native customary rights (NCR) land perimeter survey.
“This is in order to encourage NCR land owners to identify their land and apply to the Land and Survey Department to their land surveyed.
“At the same time, landowners must cleared their boundary issues beforehand to ensure smooth operation of the perimeter surveying process,” he said in his winding up speech for the ministry yesterday.
On NCR land, Awang Tengah said 135 lots covering 254,845 hectares have been approved for perimeter survey since last September.
“To-date, 73 lots consisting of 48,692 hectares, involving a total cost of RM15.71 million, have been surveyed throughout the state.
“That included 7,325 hectares that have been gazetted as Bumiputera common reserve under Section 6 of State Land Code (Kanun Tanah Negeri),” he said.
Meanwhile, the state government still permits the harvesting of swiftlet nests at Niah Cave through the issuance of licences.
Awang Tengah said such activity is closely monitored through existing laws and control procedures to preserve the swiftlets.
“Harvesting is only allowed at certain season. From April until August every year, harvesting is not allowed.
“This is so that the swiftlets will have time to breed, lay eggs and the baby birds are able to fly. This will therefore ensure the continuity of the swiftlet population,” he said.
The vastness of the jungle at Niah National Park could still sustain the food source of the two swiflet species found there, namely the black swiftlet (Aerodramus maximus) and white swiftlet (Aerodramus fuchiphagus), he added.