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Land issues raised at LegCo session

Azaraimy HH

MARCH 11, 2012 – The process of buying and selling land as well as application for changing land specifications can take a long time, members informed the 8th Legislative Council (LegCo) session yesterday.

To cut the long processing time, Yang Berhormat Pehin Kapitan Lela Diraja Dato Paduka Goh King Chin suggested the establishment of a one stop agency to assess all applications and provide endorsement on whether the changing of land title can be made or not. If endorsement has been made by the committee at the suggested one stop agency then the agency will pass the application upon endorsement to the relevant authority.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Kapitan Lela Diraja Dato Paduka Goh also touched on the long processing time that is haunting the applications for changing land specifications. He suggested the establishment of “zoning” to make the process be more accommodative.

“If an area has been zoned as a housing area, or general housing area or others, all the land within that zone will be gazetted to become zone stated above. With the zoning system, process to apply for changing land specifications will not be as problematic,” he said.

He also insisted that parents should have no problem passing on their land titles to their children, as it is the right of the parents to do so. If the land is given or sold to another person, this must follow the procedures stipulated by the government. He also raised the issue of unused land allocated during the British Residency, where hundreds and thousands of acres of land were allocated for rubber plantation. However, these lands are not being used for anything now and have become wasted resources, he said.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Kapitan Lela Diraja Dato Paduka Goh King Chin raises a question at the Legislative Council session. PHOTO: INFOFOTO

He suggested for a re-assessment to these lands be made, whether it can be reallocated for a more fruitful use.

A similar question was raised by Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Maharaja Kerna Dato Paduka Seri Haji Yaakub bin Pehin Orang Kaya Maharaja Diraja Dato Paduka Haji Zainal, who asked why the processing time according to Land Department for listing-in names of children to land title (land grant) takes about six months, yet there are instances where the approval took more than a year.

Meanwhile, Yang Berhormat Haji Ramli bin Haji Lahit raised the issued faced by the inheritance of ‘Perpindah’ residents (land relocation programme) who were given 99 years, whether the inheritor or children need to apply for continuing or renewing their residence on land.

The issue of late payment from government to land owners in Mukim Gadong affected by road construction and drainage projects was raised by Yang Berhormat Haji Tahamit bin Haji Nudin.

He said in other mukims, there were people who had been paid their dues.

Brunei’s renowned artist makes country proud

Haji Mohd Daud Abd Rahman

APRIL 2, 2011 – Haji Mohd Yaman once made his country and fellowmen proud when he was entrusted to draw and add the Tongkat crest in the middle of the Brunei national flag. According to him, when he got home from work, he asked himself how to find the inspiration to do his work as he only had three days before the Brunei Constitution was announced nationwide.

After the titah was made by Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Muhammad Jamalul Alam at the old Lapau, it triggered the historic beginning of the Brunei flag, right after the constitution was declared.

Haji Mohd Yaman bin Awang Besar was born in Pekan Muara on October 17, 1935.

He went to school in Pekan Muara but when the Japanese occupation began during World War II in 1941-1945, he had to stop attending school. After peace set in, his parents moved to Kampong Sungai Kebun and he was able to continue his schooling up to primary five at Sekolah Kajang Pekan Brunei where the community hall was once located. It has now been taken by Brunei Islamic bank, TAIB. In 1951, he was hired by the government to work for the Public Works Department (JKR) as a draftsman and from there, his passion in drawing began until his retirement.

He felt proud and happy to see the Brunei flag hoisted at the United Nations headquarters in New York, alongside those of other nations. The Brunei flag is hoisted with pride every February 23 nationwide.

Haji Mohd Yaman bin Awang Besar pictured with his interviewer, Pengiran Haji Abu Bakar bin PDP Haji Mohammad. PHOTO: HAJI MOHD DAUD ABD RAHMAN