Perak MB: 999-year titles for new villages under discussion

Perak Menteri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu said town hall meetings will be held. (Bernama pic)

IPOH: The issue of granting 999-year land titles to new villages in Perak is still at the discussion stage, says Perak Menteri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu.

Faizal said for the time being, he could not make a decision as it required several processes.

“At this point, I cannot give freehold titles as the plan is to hold town hall meetings. After that, I will bring all views and proposals to the Pakatan Harapan Presidential Council as well as the National Land Council.

“They can make whatever decisions and I will adhere to them. For the time being, I will only give them temporary occupation licences (TOL) for 99 years.

“This will enable them to obtain loans to build better houses,” he said after appearing in “Slot Sepagi Bersama MB”, on Perak FM, at the Broadcasting Department here today.

Faizal also confirmed that the appointment of Perak PKR information chief Senator Siti Aishah Shaik Ismail as special adviser to the menteri besar, with exco status, is still suspended.

He said this was due to various views on the appointment and in view of too many menteri besar advisers having exco status.

“We need more time to ensure a position most suitable for her in the present administration.”

On another matter, Faizal said the Perak government would be receiving a contribution from Britain to preserve the forests and wildlife in the state, especially in Royal Belum in Pulau Banding.

He said it was in recognition of the government’s commitment to preserve Malayan tigers and elephants.

Meanwhile, state Communication, Multimedia and NGO Committee chairman Hasnul Zulkarnain Abd Munaim said Bandar Meru Raya here would be developed as a smart city soon.

He said this was because the city would have proper infrastructure, such as fibre optic cables, to provide high-speed broadband, apart from having the state administrative complex and its proximity to a highway.

“Bandar Meru Raya already has the infrastructure as a smart city. We just need to add value with information communication and technology entrepreneurs operating here,” he said after opening the 2018 Asia-Pacific Digital Technology Simposium (APDiTS) and the International Digital Technology Exhibition here today.