The government is planning to expand the e-Tanah system via a public-private partnership (PPP) arrangement to other states in Malaysia after it proved to be successful in improving the efficiency and quality of land administration within Kuala Lumpur.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said that the system – which is set to be fully developed by 2024 – will be expanded in Putrajaya, Labuan, Selangor, Pahang, Terengganu, Kedah, Johor, Kelantan and Perlis, reported Bernama.
“I was made to understand that the e-Tanah System concession agreement for the Land and Mines Office of Putrajaya and Labuan will be inked today,” he said during the opening of the National Land’s Day 2021 virtual celebration.
Since the modernisation initiative was implemented in the early 1980s, land administration service has always been fine-tuned to keep up with technology development, said Muhyiddin as quoted by Bernama.
In 2014, the federal government agreed to implement the e-Tanah System via PPP arrangement. He noted that the initiative involved the collaboration between the federal government, state governments as well as private companies, with the aim of standardising land administration within states based on applicable legislation as well as reduce bureaucracy and increase transparency and integrity within land administration.
The prime minister believes e-Tanah system’s implementation will contribute to the development of Malaysia and increase revenues of state governments.
“I noted that the e-Tanah System was first implemented as a pioneer project at the Kuala Lumpur Land and Mines Office in 2017. Throughout the implementation, the system had succeeded in increasing the quality and efficiency of land administration in Kuala Lumpur,” he said.
“During the early stage of Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, we have witnessed the e-Tanah System offering various land-related transactions such as private search, tax payment, transfer application and mortgage application, had been carried out efficiently and safely online.”
With the success of the e-Tanah system in Kuala Lumpur, it was expanded to Perak in February 2020.
“According to the Ease of Doing Business report released by the World Bank, Malaysia has improved its position to 12th place in 2020 from the 15th in 2019,” said Muhyiddin.
“The World Bank also recognised Malaysia’s efforts in improving public sector performance by releasing a Knowledge and Research report in 2017, The Malaysia Development Experience Series entitled Enhancing Public Sector Performance: Malaysia’s Experience with Transforming Land Administration to share Malaysia’s progress in transforming land administration with other countries.”
He added that the e-Tanah System also gained international recognition via the Gold Award for Public Sector at the Asean ICT Award 2018 that was held in Indonesia.
“I hope that the expansion of the e-Tanah System will have a positive impact in further increasing Malaysia’s productivity in the eyes of the world and in turn, will attract foreign investors to increase their investments in the country,” he said.
The National Land Day’s celebration is an annual event held every 27 July to celebrate the contribution of land administration staff all throughout Malaysia.