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More officers to tackle NCR issue, says CM

(SAINS News; 29 Aug, 2019)

KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has given Sarawak Land and Survey Department the green light to add more officers to tackle issues pertaining to NCR. “NCR is a sensitive issue. With one mishap, everyone is upset. This is not helped by those who are taking advantage of the situation (to defame the state government).

“It’s not easy to run this organisation. I believe that they need more officers to tackle the issue and we have approved their request to add more officers,” he said when addressing delegates during the department’s Innovation and Integrity Day, and the launch of the Lasis mobile application, here yesterday.

Abang Johari lauded the department’s move to make information pertaining to land accessible to the public through their newly minted mobile application. He viewed that the department’s Land and Survey Information System (Lasis) is a breakthrough that highlighted the department’s integrity and transparency on land matters. “Gone are the days when everything depends on filing. Now people can’t put their files on top of the pile, everything is transparent,” he said. “This launch hits the right point. I am a firm believer in technology myself. With it (the mobile application), everything is factual and accessible to everyone.”

Abang Johari also commended the department’s role in facing their clients — the people. “Sometimes you meet people who are rational in their thinking but then again sometimes there are the ones who are not being rational and fueled by emotions. These are the challenges faced by the department.” He also viewed that the Land and Survey Department is an intermediary between the people and the state government. “This is the reason for the emphasis on innovating the procedure as the department represents interactions between the clients and us. “With that index of information (in the mobile application), comes accountability to the clients. That is where the integrity comes in,” he said.

The chief minister hoped that the Public Works Department and Rural Water Supply Department would follow the Land and Survey Department’s move by highlighting their integrity through innovating their procedure. Among those present were Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Integrity and Ombudsman) Datuk Talib Zulpilip, State Secretary Datuk Jaul Samion, Urban Development and Resources Assistant Minister Datuk Len Talif Salleh, Deputy State Secretary Datuk Dr Sabariah Putit and Ministry of Urban Development and Natural Resources permanent secretary Wan Lizozman Wan Omar.

- New Sarawak Tribune

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