Tuesday, October 11, 2011

SAPP: Revert to original 999-year lease tenure now

By Datuk Liew Teck Chan
KOTA KINABALU, Oct 11, 2011 - Referring to the requests by the Sabah Housing and Real Estate Developers Association to the Sabah State Government to revert the land leases for country leases and town leases to the original 999 tenure, actually, in fact the government can approve land leases for a term of 999 year, especially if the original master title of the land already has a tenure of 999 years. This has been done before without any need for changes to the law. There is no need for any delay because it is only a matter whether the government wants to honour the 999 tenure or not.

The Chief Minister was reported to have said that the Cabinet needs to discuss first because the 999-year lease requires legislation. In fact, in my Likas constituency, Taman Seputeh with 230 units of houses were issued land titles with 999-year lease by the then Chief Minister, Datuk Yong Teck Lee in 1997. The premium charged per house was RM 1000 and annual quit rent at RM 90. This reasonable rate has made it possible for the house owners to own the houses after the abandoned project was revived by the then State government.

"What is disturbing in recent years is that owners of land with 999-year leases were denied their rights when their land leases were cut short to only 99 years after their land was subdivided. It is unjust to cut short the original tenure of 999 years to 99 years. The people become more worried when they look at the Kolombong shop houses case which has been waiting for several years to renew their land titles which are about to expire soon. The appeal for extension was submitted in 2008 to the Chief Minister by the Datuk Sari Tan with a big news coverage. But until now, there is no news of the application, not even for 99 lease.

Without an extension of their land leases, their shops become worthless, banks refuse to lend money for renovations and insurance companies become reluctant to insure the properties. Shop owners similarly are scared to repair their shop houses as the government might arbitrarily become the new owners of the shops once the land leases have expired. Yesterday, some land owner at Kampong Sembulan Laut have protested at the refusal of the government to renew their land leases which are due to expire in seven to 20 years' time. With so many land grabs incidents occurring all over Sabah, whereby natives are being evicted from their customary lands, it is obvious that people are concerned that they will lose their homes and properties in the future.

We are worried when the Chief Minister said that his cabinet will look into the issue. This is because this cabinet has taken a lot of time to look into issues after issues without any outcome like the definition of natives, poverty eradication programmes and Borneonisation of the civil service.

Datuk Liew Teck Chan is Assemblyman for Likas, Deputy President SAPP

26 comments:

  1. Hope that the Sabah government will consider honoring the 999 years tenure.

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  2. We hoped to hear from the CM soon about this matter.

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  3. pastikan hak2 penduduk terjaga.

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  4. ini boleh dipertimbangkan dan buatlah keputusan yng terbaik

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  5. harap keputusan yang terbaik akan dibuat berhubung dengan pekara ini.

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  6. Isu ini tidak seharusnya diperlambatkan penyelesaiannya. Harap pihak yang terlibat menyelesaikan isu ini dengan segera.

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  7. masih terdapat banyak isu untuk diselesaikan.

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  8. "In fact, in my Likas constituency, Taman Seputeh with 230 units of houses were issued land titles with 999-year lease by the then Chief Minister, Datuk Yong Teck Lee in 1997."

    Kipas ka bro? hehehe jangan marah...

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  9. banyaklah isu tentang tanah ni. harap dapat diselesaikan dengan baik.

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  10. kerajaan perlu kaji semula hak pemilikan tanah 999 tahun.

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  11. KM mengatakan bahawa perkara ini akan dibawa ke Kabinet Sabah untuk dibincangkan. pandangan rakyat, pemegang kepentingan dan pemimpin negeri akan diambil kira sebelum keputusan dibuat berhubung perkara ini.

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  12. kerajaan negeri akan menyelesaikan perkara ini..

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  13. dekat2 PRU ini, isu tanah semakin dipanaskan..harap kerajaan akan segera menangani masalah ini agar tidak berlarutan..

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  14. Sukar mendapatkan kelulusan untuk pembaharuan. Harap kerajaan akan memudahkan proses pemohonan tersebut untuk pemilik tanah, kedai ataupun rumah.

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  15. Harap kerajaan juga akan mempertimbangkan semula pemilikan 999-tahun seperti dahulu.

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  16. the status of land ownership 999 years is unreasonable and contrary to the spirit of the National Land Code. although land matters under the jurisdiction of the state government, but there are certain provisions in the Code that must be complied with.

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  17. 999 years..hmmm.. not sure yet if there will still be earth exist.

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  18. I hope this issue will be solved as soon as possible. Prioritize the people needs.

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  19. Harap kerajaan akan mempertimbangkan semua hal ini.

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  20. Lebih bagus kalau hak tanah dilanjutkan kepada 999 tahun.

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  21. Semakin ramai yang tidak puas hati dengan Musa. Nampaknya Musa kenalah lakukan sesuatu untuk ambil hati rakyat.

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  22. Kalau tak, alamatnya susah lah mendapat sokongan lebih. Tambahan pula semakin dekat dengan PRU makin banyak pula cerita2 yang timbul.

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  23. Namun dalam hal ini, kita kenalah bersabar... Terlalu mendesak pun rasanya tak berguna juga. So lebih baik kita nantikan saja keputusannya nanti.

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  24. Kerajaan dah bagi jaminan akan mempertimbangkan perkara ini, jadi kita tunggu sajalah dulu.

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  25. Saya yakin apapun keputusan CM nanti ia adalah yang terbaik buat semua.

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