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Sarawak invests RM92mln on LASIS

THE State has invested around RM92 million on the Land and Survey Information System (LASIS) since it was initiated in 1984.

The integrated and comprehensive system enables the efficient administration and management of land.

Second Minister of Resource Planning and Environment Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said the state government is well aware of the ever growing demand for land due to population growth, rural-urban migration, improvement and expansion of physical infrastructure such as roads or highway systems, as well as the people’s rising expectation for a good, well-planned and healthy environment.

“As more state land are to be demarcated, surveyed, alienated and registered under our land administration system (which adopts the Torrens principle), demand for large scale geo-referenced maps of each and every parcel of land in the land register and associated ownership information, is growing together with the need to have accurate data recorded to enable quick references and searches to be made by the public and land administrators,” he is quoted as saying at the Geospatial World Forum at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Did you know that LASIS is such an impressive system that authorities in Australia and Morroco had in the past requested briefings on it so they could adopt similar systems in their countries?

LASIS has improved the department’s service delivery to a new level and transformed its working culture as it allows one-day registration of land instruments with automated email notification to inform legal firms instantly upon their registration.

The system also allows online payment of land rent and premium and also enables landowners to view the rent record prior to the payment.

LASIS also has a title search facility available for the public to search land titles at any Land and Survey divisional office for a nominal fee.

It is a paperless system that allows for online submission and approval of land applications between the department headquarters and the divisional offices as well as digital submission of survey jobs by private surveyors.

The fully integrated datasets permit the information to be made available on demand to facilitate intelligent analysis and reliable decision-making.

The system, which was implemented in two phases, has designed and developed over 200 different software solutions.

LASIS has won awards internationally and locally such as the United Nations World Summit Award, the Prime Minister’s ICT Quality Award and the Malaysia MSC APICTA Award.

The first component of LASIS consists of production systems catering for core businesses of the Land and Survey Department such as land surveying, maintenance of cadastral maps, maintenance of aerial photographs and orthophotos, registration of titles and land instruments and collection of state revenues related to land. The application systems are:

The second component is its land administration and management systems, which aims to enhance the efficiency in land administration and land management to improve the service delivery of the department. The application systems are:

A report from Bernama:

Sarawak Invests US$30 Million On LASIS, Says Awang Tengah

KUCHING, April 24 (Bernama) — Sarawak has invested about US$30 million (about RM92 million) on the Land and Survey Information System (LASIS) as part of its land administration and management, Second Minister of Resource Planning and Environment Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan said.

He said the state government was well aware of the ever growing demand for land due to population growth, rural-urban migration, improvement and expansion of physical infrastructures, like roads or highway systems, as well as the people’s rising expectation for a good, well-planned and healthy environment.

“As more state land are to be demarcated, surveyed, alienated and registered under our land administration system (which adopts the Torrens principle), demand for large scale geo-referenced maps of each and every parcel of land in the land register and associated ownership information, is growing together with the need to have accurate data recorded to enable quick references and searches to be made by the public and land administrators,” he said.

Awang Tengah, who is also state Industrial Development cum Public Utilities Minister, was speaking at the Geospatial World Forum at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.- BERNAMA

A Bernama report from April 2010:

Malaysian Land and Survey System interests Australia, Morocco

MUKAH, MALAYSIA, April 7 (NNN-BERNAMA) — The Land and Survey Information System (LASIS) used by the eastern Malaysian state of Sarawak has attracted the interest of authorities in Australia and Morroco, says Sarawak Land and Survey Department Director Sudarsono Osman.

He will be going to Sydney in Australia soon and to Morroco by next year to give briefings on the integrated and comprehensive land administration system developed in Sarawak, the largest state in Malaysia, covering some 124,450 sq km on the north west corner of the island of Borneo.

“The briefings are at their invitations,” Sudarsono said at the launch of the system for the Mukah Division by Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud here Tuesday.

The system has been continuously enhanced since it was developed 25 years ago at a cost of only 2.56 million Ringgit (one USD = about 3.25 Ringgit). The system was developed by the Land and Survey Department, Sarawak Information Systems Sendirian Berhad (SAINS), and the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Unit of the Chief Minister’s Department.

Leveraging on technology, it has improved the department’s service delivery to a new level and transformed some of its working culture. It now allows one-day registration of land instruments with automated e-mail notification to inform legal firms instantly upon their registration.

The system allows online payment of land rent and premium and also enables landowners to view the rent record prior to the payment. LASIS also has a title search facility available for the public to search land titles at any land and survey divisional office for a nominal fee.

Online submission and approval of land applications between the department headquarters and the divisional offices can be done without physical documents and the system allows digital submission of survey jobs by private surveyors.

The fully integrated datasets permit the information to be made available on demand to facilitate intelligent analysis and reliable decision-making. To date, the system, which was implemented in two phases, has designed and developed over 200 different software solutions.

However, they are yet to be widely used by the state’s ministeries and departments, statutory bodies, federal agencies and the corporate sector. Among the solutions are a number of applications which have won the highest recognitions and awards internationally and locally.

These include the United Nations World Summit Award, the Prime Minister’s ICT Quality Award and the Malaysia MSC APICTA Award.

For the Land and Survey Department, LASIS facilitates land planning, survey computation, cadastral mapping, land alienation and land valuation. It has recorded 102,000 cases of land transactions worth more than 13.3 billion Ringgit, according to Sudarsono.

He said the time was right to look into data sharing between government agencies at reasonable cost to avoid duplication and cost. — BERNAMA

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