Over 10,000 Sabah natives get titles to customary land

Source: FMT News

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government has issued 72 communal grants totalling 48,212ha of land in 213 villages benefiting 10,462 people since the introduction of the land ownership system for landless natives in 2012.

Of the number, 13 communal grants covering 34,426ha in 90 villages benefiting 3,993 people have been developed through joint ventures between the beneficiaries and state agencies or private companies.

Sabah chief minister Musa Aman disclosed this in replying to Wilfred Bumburing (PCS (-Tamparuli) in the state assembly today.

Communal grants are issued to protect the rights of Sabah natives to customary land. The land cannot be sold. Read more

Give recognition to NCR concept to resolve land disputes, Sarawak government told

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Mengga Mikui said the NCR concept calls for the government to recognise not just the cultivated farmlands, but also the communal forest reserves and territorial domain as NCR lands. — Bernama pic

Mengga Mikui said the NCR concept calls for the government to recognise not just the cultivated farmlands, but also the communal forest reserves and territorial domain as NCR lands. — Bernama pic

KUCHING, Oct 27 — A Dayak non-governmental organisation (NGO) wants the Sarawak government to recognise the concept of Native Customary Rights (NCR) over lands as a solution to settle disputes between the indigenous communities and plantation companies.

“We believe that the concept is the key to settling all the NCR land problems, some of which have turned violent,” Dayak National Congress (DNC) president Mengga Mikui said today.

He said the concept calls for the government to recognise not just the cultivated farmlands, but also the communal forest reserves (pulau galau) and territorial domain (pemakai menoa) as NCR lands.

“While the government recognises farmlands as NCR lands, but it does not recognise communal forest reserves and territorial domains as customary lands, contrary to the decisions of the Federal Court in deciding NCR land disputes,” Mengga said. Read more