Wednesday July 11, 2012
Villagers of Kampung Menduk Sahom in Tapah to gain ownership of land
Story and photos by EDMUND NGO
THE long wait to gain ownership of the land they had built their houses on is almost over for 63 villagers of Kampung Menduk Sahom in Tapah.
Having applied for land titles without success for the past 10 years, the villagers were a relieved lot when Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir presented each of them with the Form 5A offer letters to own their respective plots.
Retired civil servant Nor Ahmad Samsuddin, 69, said his father-in-law’s application for land titles had been unsuccessful countless number of times and had since died.
“I am glad that I will be able to see the land title in my lifetime,” said the former Drainage and Irrigation Department worker.
Kampar district council driver Deram Shah Taharim, 53, said the long wait was worth it.
“Finally, I need not worry about being chased away from here,” he said during the ceremony at the community hall in the village.
In his speech, Dr Zambry said it had not been an easy process to approve the land titles.
“Land matters are unlike other problems, which can be solved in a day.
“It requires the Land and Mines Department to accurately measure each plot of land and to register them accordingly.
“It may seem an easy process to outsiders but a wrong measurement can result in two overlapping plots of land,” he said.
Dr Zambry added that the offer letters was a sign of the state government’s efficiency and its concern towards the rakyat’s welfare.
He later presented similar offer letters to 93 villages from Rancangan Pertanian Berkelompok (RPB) Sungai Dipang as well as land titles to 64 villages from RPM Pulau Bergading.