Wednesday July 25, 2012
An idle land will be subject to contention, says MB
By MANJIT KAUR
STATE government agencies that fail to develop land allocated to them are to be blamed for the conflicts that arise when attempts are made to evict illegal farmers, said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir.
He said the problem was prevalent throughout the state and in some cases, involved land measuring thousands of hectares.
“Many agencies fail to develop the land allocated to them years ago and leave them idle.
“The plots of land are neither fenced up properly nor have proper signboards to state when the land was allocated to the agencies.
“At the same time, farmers start planting crops there.
“The situation becomes problematic when the state needs to develop the land and this results in conflicts between the authorities and the occupants,” he told reporters after a meet-the-people session at the state secretariat building in Ipoh yesterday.
Dr Zambry added that there were cases of people occupying the land for years being told to leave.
“How do we reach a fair deal when some have been staying or conducting farming activities on the affected land for the past 50 years?” he asked.
Dr Zambry added that he was currently trying to settle the land issues in Bidor, Kampar and in Sahom (Tapah).
He added that it was impossible to address such long-standing and complicated issues in a day, adding that there had to be a proper approach.
Dr Zambry said the state government would try its best to settle such issues on a case-by-case basis and in a fair manner without affecting any party.
He urged those who were facing such problems to meet him during his meet-the-people sessions every Tuesday.