Selangor probes alienation of forest reserves

SHAH ALAM (April 8, 2008): Selangor has launched thorough investigations into the cancellation of 4,325.5ha of gazetted forest reserves alienated to various parties.

Mentri Besar Tan Seri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said the state government has already instructed all land and district offices in Selangor to furnish the list of the parties who have received the land.

A total 241,568ha of the total 796,084 ha in the state area has been gazetted as forest reserves, he said.

“However, district and land office records show that 4,325.5ha of forest reserve status had been revoked between 2000 and 2007.”

He said most of the land have been earmarked for property development.

Abdul Khalid also commented on the issue of duplicated land titles, saying there are currently 21 cases which are being investigated by the police or is in court.

He said these disputes involved a total of seven acres of land, mostly located in rural areas and in the Petaling and Gombak districts.

The new state government has decided to continue with the one-stop modern pig farming project in Ladang Tumbuk, Mukim Batu in Kuala Langat, which was approved by the previous state government on Jan 30.

Abdul Khalid said the new state government will improve on the implementation of the project as it is currently already operating as a centralised pig farming area, which adheres to the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry, the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry and state government’s quality standards.

He said the one-stop centre will resolve the problem of pollution due to waste from pig farming.

Abdul Khalid said all the waste will be reused as bio-gas for electricity, water for cleansing of the farm and food farming for the livestock.

He said all pig farms outside the area are required to move their operations to this facility, in line with the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry requirements which will be monitored by the relevant authorities.

“All farmers who move to the facility will be given incentives and business and investment opportunities. Furthermore, the land can also be utilised for other business activities.”

He said the state is also looking into centralising all farming activities involving other livestocks and poultry.

Abdul Khalid said Selangor is also studying and looking towards Perak as a source for water in the near future.

He  said the deal with Pahang has been finalised, however, there is an anticipated water shortage in the next two decades for the state due to the rising population and urbanisation.

He said this after a meeting with new Perak Mentri Besar Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin in his office today.

Mohammad Nizar in turn said Perak is rich in water reserves and due to its close to proximity, water can be channelled into Selangor via the Bernam Valley.

He said this will also boost development in Bernam Valley.



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