KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 30 — The government can claim underground land for public projects without waiting for compensation for the landowner to be fixed, a minister said today.
Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the National Land Council decided that the government can go ahead and use the land even before any compensation value is set for the land.
“It is a new system where the government can take underground land even though the compensation for the landowner has not been fixed,” he said in a press conference today after the council meeting.
Wan Junaidi explained that the underground land taken would be used for public amenities like underground railway and other developments.
He also clarified that the landowner would not lose rights over the land despite the land underground being used for public projects.
The Santubong MP added that any future projects by either the government or the private sector to construct public facilities in forest areas, such as wiring and hydroelectricity projects, would need to get the nod of his ministry before going ahead with it.
“We ask the government that any of these (projects) need to be first discussed with our ministry so that there is minimum effect to the forest, biodiversity and wildlife,” Wan Junaidi said. – Themalaymailonline