May 13, 2008 By CHAN LI LEEN
RESIDENTS of Papan Baru New Village have approached the Perak Government for help in getting their land titles after they unknowingly allowed their land offers to lapse in 2006.
Speaking for the 40 villagers, Batu Gajah MP Fong Po Kuan said many of them were uneducated and had not known there were deadlines to pay up the land premiums or to file appeals against the amount to be paid.
She said the villagers had stayed there since the 1960s and started applying for their land titles in 2006.
“In May that year, they were each offered ownership of the land on which their houses stand on for over RM5,000 in premium. But they did not pay up due to the high amount,” she told reporters after meeting Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaludin over the matter at his office on Friday.
Fong added that being unfamiliar with requirements of the law, the residents did not file their appeals within the stipulated three months and left the matter as it was.
“I hope the Mentri Besar can look into this and help these residents get their land titles,” she said.
During the courtesy call on Nizar, Fong also related the plight of the Kuan Tay Temple in Batu Gajah which had resorted to creating new graves in between existing ones due to the lack of burial ground.
Fong said the temple had not received news on its application for a new piece of land to be used as a cemetery despite an application made two years ago.
“The temple has put in an application for a 22.9ha piece of land in Pusing but has not received any news until now.
“The temple has existed since 1962 and after more than 40 years, its cemetery has run out of space,” she added.