LAWAS - Everything possible is being done to resolve Sarawak’s native customary rights (NCR) on land issue that is affecting the indigenous communities, says Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
The Federal Government was doing its part by contributing some RM100mil for the survey of NCR land in Sarawak and Sabah, the Prime Minister said.
“This is being done. It is work in progress and the results will come,” he said at a meet-the-people session here yesterday.
Najib was in Sarawak’s northernmost district, which borders Sipitang, Sabah, to drum up support for the Barisan Nasional candidate for Ba’kelalan, Willie Liau.
Liau is facing PKR incumbent Baru Bian.
Najib said the Opposition could no longer harp on the NCR land issue as it was being resolved by Barisan.
He said more than 730,000ha of such land had been surveyed so far.
“This is what happens when there is a close working relationship between the state and the Federal Government. We get things done,” he said.
Najib said Tan Sri Adenan Satem had proven his mettle as Chief Minister by successfully implementing 53 policies just two years into office.
On the other hand, Najib said the Opposition was fractious and bent on serving its own interests only.
He said the RM16bil Pan Borneo Highway linking Sarawak and Sabah would benefit Lawas as it would be a stop-over for travellers between both states as well as Brunei.
Najib said Malaysia was also negotiating with Brunei to simplify the entry and exit procedures for Malaysians travelling between both states.
“We know that Malaysians will have to have their passports stamped eight times and we are working with Brunei to simplify this.”
The construction of the dual-lane highway was another example of the priority for the development of both states.
“Sarawak and Sabah are important. I have visited Sarawak 51 times, that is more than a predecessor who was Prime Minister for 22 years,” he said.
Later in Long Laput, near Miri, Najib said Barisan wakil rakyat should know the pulse of the people.
Barisan, he said, was sincere in wanting to meet public aspirations.
“That is why I am here to launch an interest-free scheme to help those who need to repair or rebuild their longhouse units,” he said at the launch of the RM50mil interest-free loan scheme.