KOTA KINABALU Dec 16, 2011: Land and Survey Department director Datuk Osman Jamal yesterday said additional posts need to be created to help the department cope with the large number of land applications it is receiving every year.
He said at least 30 percent additional staff is needed to assist the existing 65 officers and personnel tasked with processing land applications in order to clear the growing backlog of applications.
“With the current personnel, our capacity is 12,000 applications a year, and we have 30,000 new applications coming in annually.
“On top of that we already have over 300,000 pending applications. So we cannot cope,” he said during the first roundtable discussion between Land and Survey Department and Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
On another note, Osman said the department is planning to introduce mobile counter and mobile unit services in one to two years’ time.
“The mobile unit will start next year and they will be going into villages to give information about land applications; we may also process the transfer of title but it is more towards educating the people on land application issues and the action currently being taken by the department,” he said.
“Kita faham bahawa Anak Negeri adalah antara pihak yang banyak merungut mengenai masalah tanah. Ada kampung tetapi tiada tanah.Malah ada yang tinggal atau bercucuk tanam bertahun-tahun tetapi tidak mempunyai geran.
“Oleh itu, melalui pindaan undang-undang berkenaan, masalah sebegini akan dapat diselesaikan dan prosesnya hanya memakan masa kira-kira 2 tahun,”
24th November, 2009