Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Another feather in the cap for Tan Sri Khalid and his team

Despite the fact that the following news was reported in Bernama, it has yet to appear in the msm.


Temporary Occupation Licence (TOL) holders who have occupied state land for more than 20 years will be given rightful ownership, Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said today.

However, he said the exercise would only benefit owners of residential lots with TOL status and not owners of agriculture land schemes.

"TOL landowners can apply to the state to alienate the land to them for a number of years.

NONE"The state then charges a premium for each year the land is occupied and at the end of the lease period, it (state) can decide whether it wants to continue leasing out the land or take it back," he told reporters after officiating a seminar on land administration in Selangor at the state secretariat building.

Khalid said holders of TOL in Selangor did not have absolute rights on the land they were occupying as the plot was still the property of the state government.

"There are up to 40,000 families in some districts in Selangor, namely Sabak Bernam, Sungai Besar and Tanjong Karang, who had stayed in one area for more than 20 to 30 years but the land still has TOL status," he said, adding that there were no such cases in Petaling Jaya.

Khalid said the state government would improve the land management system to make the people feel comfortable when dealing with the land office.

TOL issued by the state government was only for a temporary period and holders of the licence must comply with the conditions stipulated by the government as stated in the National Land Code 1965 (Act 56/1965).

- Bernama

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