By Jake Ten
His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam yesterday afternoon visited the residents of the Landless Indigenous Citizens (STKRJ) Sungai Buloh Housing Scheme for the presentation of house keys. The Housing Scheme is part of a much larger project which spans across the entire country, into the districts of Belait and Tutong.
Brunei-born citizens are eligible to apply for houses under such schemes, but are required to be put on a waiting list before they can be presented with a key to the house and ownership documents.
At the house key presentation, when asked in an exclusive interview with the Bulletin on what he was looking forward to in 2012, His Majesty responded, "People who are happy and to have enough houses."
His Majesty has always stressed the value and importance of land ownership as a means of identity, having stated in a previous titah which dates back on March 13, 1991, that 'the single most valuable type of property is land', as this particular asset has the ability to bring with it human rights "that cannot be bought at any price" including freedom and independence.
As an example, the generous monarch in the titah pointed that those without land who have been through "tragedies" were forced to live as squatters on property owned by others and were shunned by fortunate members of society who have the privilege of possessing their own compound.
The message behind His Majesty's titah was to raise the awareness of issues regarding land. It is encouraged to not let land ownership become a secondary matter, but a priority for people to maintain supremacy and a blessed livelihood.
- Borneo Bulletin
(1st December 2011)