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Raub farmers cry environmental damage after Pahang Forestry Dept chopped down 15,000 durian trees

KUALA LUMPUR, July 11 — A gaggle of Pahang-based durian farmers has chastised the Pahang State Forestry Department (JPNP) for chopping down nearly 15,000 durian trees in simply over per week, calling it unlawful, appalling, and one which destroyed the encompassing nature and livelihood of those farmers.

The group of farmers beneath the Save the Musang King Alliance (Samka) condemned the “merciless and heartless” enforcement by JPNP, one thing Samka’s president Wilson Chang stated they might be taking authorized motion in opposition to.

He claimed the actions of Samka had violated an current courtroom order granted to the farmers that prohibits any enforcement in opposition to the durian farms throughout the disputed parcels of land in Raub.

“The authority carried out the enforcement in Hutan Simpanan Batu Talam, which is situated in Mukim Tras and topic to the interim order. Hence, the state authorities has no authority to bypass the courtroom order by finishing up enforcement operations in opposition to the farmers.

“Samka will take authorized actions in opposition to the state authorities’s enforcement actions, file a lawsuit in opposition to the federal government for contempt of the courtroom, and proactively defend the authorized rights of farmers.

Samka condemned the ‘cruel and heartless’ enforcement by JPNP, something Samka’s president Wilson Chang said they would be taking legal action against.  — Picture courtesy of Samka

“Lastly, the farmers won’t ever submit themselves to the oppression by the state authorities and the consortium. Nor will they signal any unequal contracts with the consortium, which is able to basically flip them into “modern-day slaves”,” learn Samka’s assertion.

Chang expressed disappointment in the direction of JPNP’s actions, claiming the nine-day operation had managed to destroy trees planted and nurtured by these farmers for greater than 20 years throughout the affected 250-acres of land.

He additionally decried the antagonistic environmental impacts attributable to the deforestation train, saying a few of the damage performed could be irreversible.

“As such, the forestry division’s excuse of ‘atmosphere preservation’ is unjustifiable and solely made the division itself a laughingstock.

“In the eyes of the Pahang Forestry Department, 15,000 durian trees have been merely numbers,” stated Chang.

This after JPNP Chief Assistant Director (Enforcement) Nor Azirim Ahmad lauded the tree-culling train by his division that began on July 3, and has since chopped down trees throughout 101 hectares in simply 9 days.

Nor Azirim was quoted saying how he felt proud on the velocity the operations have been carried out to cut down the 15,000 trees, saying it was down to the cooperation of greater than 100 JPNP employees.

The senior official, nonetheless, did additionally state the operations will embody replanting workouts within the cleared land, saying some 20,000 trees are set to be planted within the plots that used to deal with the Musang King durian trees.

Chang expressed disappointment towards JPNP’s actions, claiming the nine-day operation had managed to destroy trees planted and nurtured by these farmers for more than 20 years across the affected 250-acres of land. — Picture courtesy of Samka

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