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Wilfed Yap appeals for higher compensation for land owner from power utility company

SUPP Public Complaints Bureau (SUPP PCB) Chief Wilfred Yap together with a landowner surnamed Tan from Matang, Kuching recently attended a meeting with officers from a power utility company who had used Mr Tan’s land for purposes of erecting a Tower Base for a transmission tower. Mr Tan had earlier requested SUPP PCB to assist him to appeal to the power utility company to reconsider a higher compensation.

During the meeting, officers of the power utility company informed that the calculation of the compensation to Mr Tan was based on a valuation of his land lease expiring in 2024. However, Mr Tan informed the officers that the valuation of his land should be higher as his land was not expiring in 2024 but on 3rdSeptember 2111. Mr Tan was of the view that a valuation of market value of land with a short lease remaining and a long term lease would definitely be different.

After much deliberation, it was agreed that the power utility company would seek advice from Land & Survey Department on whether it would be proper to carry out another revaluation of Mr Tan’s land on the basis of Mr Tan’s land lease expiring in 2111 and not 2024.

SUPP PCB is impressed and satisfied with the professionalism and commitment to have the matter settled as shown by the officers of the power utility company. SUPP PCB Chief, Wilfred Yap will continue to follow up and monitor the situation until conclusions to the satisfaction of all affected parties are agreed upon.

The law of land acquisition is principally concerned with the rules governing the procedures to be followed in acquiring the land by compulsory means and with the awarding of compensation to the dispossessed landowner.

The rights of a property owner in Sarawak are governed by the following legislations:-

1)            The Federal Constitution; and

2)            Part IV of the Sarawak Land Code (Cap.81) 1958.

Under Article 13 of the Federal Constitution, the nature and extent of property rights of a person are as follows:

(1)        No person shall be deprived of property save in accordance with law.
(2)        No law shall provide for compulsory acquisition or use of property without adequate compensation.

The above provisions ensure that a person is not deprived of his property without adequate compensation being made.

SUPP Public Complaints Bureau is always ready to highlight issue of public interest and lend a helping hand to the anyone facing problems with Government Departments or Corporations or who come across problems of public interest but does not know how to deal with it. Anyone requiring assistance can always call SUPP Public Complaint’s mobile number at 016-7797688 or 082-246999 or go direct to SUPP Head Office to request for assistance.

Yap and  Mr Tan during the meeting with officers of the power utility company.

Yap and Mr Tan during the meeting with officers of the power utility company.


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