NGOs chided for belittling Salcra’s role
BINTULU: Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu chided certain Dayak non-governmental organisations for criticising the roles of Sarawak Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (Salcra) in developing Native Customary Rights (NCR) land.
He said their criticism was based on ignorance and plain disrespect for the truth. The truth, he added, was that the land development was aimed at improving the income level of the rural community.
Jabu, who is also Salcra chairman and Minister of Rural Development, meanwhile urged the rural folk with plenty of idle land to continue the joint-venture collaboration with Salcra to develop their land.
Apart from the monetary benefit from the deal the local people would be able to enjoy infrastructure facilities like roads, bridges and water supply that come along with the project.
“Salcra has so far paid out about RM295 million in dividends to more than 16,000 landowners in the state,” Jabu said at a dinner of PBB Kemena branch after the conclusion of its triennial general meeting at Li Hua Hotel last Saturday.
At the dinner, Jabu also handed over appreciation medals to 15 PBB members in Bintulu Division.
Also present at the function were Kemena assemblyman Dr Stephen Rundi, its women chairperson Catherine Lanyau, and its youth chief Tuai Rh Limin Anai.