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Najib: National Land Council to decide on State's move to award freehold titles

By Thursday December 25th, 2008 No Comments

PUTRAJAYA: The Perak government will have to put on hold its intention to award freehold land titles to those residing in settlements and new villages.

This is because states which want to do so will have to get the approval of the National Land Council to ensure there is uniformity in procedure and policies.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Perak had during the council meeting yesterday, voiced its intention to award freehold land titles to those living in settlements and new villages.

However, the decision would have to be deferred until the council has held an in-depth discussion on the matter.

We have a policy where states cannot make unilateral decision on issuing freehold land titles. Such titles are usually given to land that is to be used by the Federal Government, for public use and under special circumstances.

The National Land Council will convene a special meeting soon to enable the state to present its working paper and for us to discuss their proposal.

Until the council makes a decision, Perak cannot award the land titles to the people concerned,he told reporters after chairing the National Land Council meeting at the Implementation and Coordination Unit here yesterday. It is learnt that the state intention would involve around 2,800ha of land.

Najib also said the e-tanah pilot project, currently being tested in Penang would be extended to Malacca and Negri Sembilan next year.

If the project proves successful and beneficial, we will extend it nationwide.

The e-tanah is an electronic land transaction system that promises a more modernised land office administration.

Source : The Star

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