Pahang MB Defends Coercive Measures Against King Musang’s Illegal Durian Orchards in Raub Forest Reserve | Malaysia
KUANTAN, December 8 – Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail defended state government operations to combat illegal exploration, including the destruction of Musang King durian orchards opened in the Batu Talam Permanent Forest Reserve (HSK) in Raub.
He stressed that the operation was not aimed at persecuting any party, including farmers, but rather was part of environmental conservation measures which were among the main objectives of the state government.
“We are very serious about the issue of illegal land exploration now because it creates a negative perception of the state. When we go out, for example in Kuala Lumpur, we hear people say that if one wants to plant durians illegally, he or she can go to Pahang, in the same way, to steal sand and extract illegally too.
“The durians planted were in the HSK area, where it is illegal to do so by law. If we were to wait until the end of the season, when (will that moment come)? Because durians are planted in phases … when one side is harvested, the other side starts to flower, ”he said.
Wan Rosdy said this during Chow Yu Hui (PH-Tras) speaking on Appropriation Bill (2022) 2021 at the Pahang State Assembly sitting in Wisma Sri Pahang here today. hui.
Chow had raised the question of an operation to destroy 15,000 durians in nine days in July, as the trees were fruiting, which he considered indifferent to the loss of income that farmers would suffer, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. .
However, Wan Rosdy stressed that the operation should not harm the farmers, as they had explored the land illegally for 20 years without paying taxes to the state government, besides “agricultural activity”. was more about finding sustenance. , but had instead become a business for the parties involved.
“The land concerned is illegal land, whether it has been worked for one, two or 20 years. When we applied (the law), the feedback we received was that many were in favor. By right, (the opposition) should congratulate the government for daring to take action against illegal encroachment, and not for protesting against law enforcement, ”he said.
Chow later explained that he agreed with the environmental protection measure, but hoped the state government could discuss a win-win solution with the farmers involved, such as asking them to clear land. trees along watersheds or rivers, in addition to creating buffer zones. .
According to Chow, the farmers involved had also applied for subsidies or licenses on several occasions, but they were all rejected, and it showed that the authorities were aware of the clearing, where appropriate enforcement action could have been taken at a early stage rather than decades later.
After exchanging words for nearly 10 minutes, Wan Rosdy said the discussion did not need to go on any longer as there were issues related to the clearing of the Musang King durian orchards still pending legal proceedings before the High Court here, following an application filed by some farmers. .
Meanwhile, Lee Chean Chung (PH-Semambu) suggested that the reports and developments of Pahang Corporation (Pahang Corp) which was established on March 21, 2019 to monitor all state government-related enterprises (GLC), be informed each year at the conference of the National Assembly, for the sake of transparency and professionalism.
“Pahang Corp is not incorporated as a statutory body, so it is not required to report to the state assembly. Because the elected representatives of the two parties do not receive reports on its achievements, it is like a “black box” which cannot be monitored, even if it is like the mother of the GLC in Pahang, “he said. -he declares.
The meeting continues tomorrow. – Bernama