In this day and age, most countries, including Malaysia, are faced with the challenge of developing a land administration system capable of meeting the demands of globalisation. Given the value of the land, each nation would govern their own state’s land through their own legislation. As in Malaysia, the National Land Code 1965 became the primary Act governing land laws. The revised National Land Code (Act 828) was gazetted and came into force on 15 Oct 2020.
Property developers require land in order to build housing development projects. Lands subject to housing development may be acquired by developers from interested legal owners, through joint venture agreements, through government land alienation, or from land already owned by the developers. The National Land Code governs all land transactions, changes in its usage, alienation, subdivisions, and partitions in Peninsular Malaysia. Land matters fall under the jurisdiction of the state authority under the Code.
However, are all the stakeholders involved in the areas of land acquisition and development are well versed with the current laws and Acts that are in place to protect their rights as landowners? Are landowners and property developers aware of the possible challenges and legal implications of compulsory acquisition of private land? Listen to industry experts and experienced legal practitioners at REHDA Institute’s upcoming webinar to better understand existing land laws, land acquisition issues and other land-related matters.
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