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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Thousands in Perak to get freehold titles the easy way

IPOH: Perak’s 149,000 people living in 349 planned and 134 new villages on land valued at over RM1.5bil can now apply for their freehold titles.

The villagers can also expect the titles to be issued between two weeks and a month.

Senior executive councillor Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham said the state government has shortened the process of applying for the freehold titles after the Perak Valuation and Property Services Department assessed the value of the areas.

“We want to make it the simplest possible and quickest process. We don’t want to implement it hastily only to be bogged down by problems later,” he told reporters here yesterday.

Ngeh: Process of applying for the freehold titles shortened.

“Now we can do it within a day, but we ask the public to be patient and give us between two weeks and a month to deliver the titles.’’

Ngeh pointed out that the 20 processes for the application earlier on had been simplified to four steps. The shortened process allowed an applicant to obtain the title within the day itself, he added.

Ngeh said the new process could also resolve problems, such as for those who had paid premium for the last 10 years but still had not been issued with a title or cases of missing files after paying premium for the past 30 years.

“The issuing of freehold titles to the 102,000 in planned villages and some 47,000 in new villages could bring in revenue of between RM300mil and RM450mil for the state,’’ said Ngeh.

On whether the issuing of freehold titles to those living in planned and new villages was against the National Land Code, Ngeh said it was not.

“The state consulted a former Court of Appeals judge and a panel of experienced lawyers on the matter before implementing the move,’’ he said.

By The Star (by Hah Foong Lian)

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