NSC heads team mon­i­tor­ing land clear­ing

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CAMERON HIGH­LANDS: The Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil will head the agen­cies mon­i­tor­ing il­le­gal land clear­ing here, said Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi.

He said the coun­cil would also carry out sched­uled checks, with the co­op­er­a­tion of the state gov­ern­ment.

“These mea­sures are among the eight steps that will be implemented to ad­dress land en­croach­ment, which could lead to land ero­sion and floods, as agreed by the Cameron High­lands high­level com­mit­tee yes­ter­day.

“The 600 Tem­po­rary Oc­cu­pa­tion Li­cence ap­pli­ca­tions (by farm­ers) pre­vi­ously re­jected will be re­viewed,” Zahid said after chair­ing the meet­ing here yes­ter­day.

Other steps, he said, in­cluded the is­suance of Tem­po­rary Work­ing Passes to for­eign work­ers by the Im­mi­gra­tion Depart­ment and go­tong-roy­ong led by the Drainage and Ir­ri­ga­tion Depart­ment.

He said the com­mit­tee also agreed to con­sider al­low­ing closed shoplots to con­tinue oper­at­ing after a levy and other fees.

“The com­mit­tee has also agreed to re­con­sider the is­suance of per­mits to farm­ers who have been oper­at­ing for 30 years on land cov­er­ing a to­tal of 229.2ha.”

He said a new set­tle­ment would be pro­vided to 28 Orang Asli fam­i­lies from Sun­gai Tiang, Lem­bah Ber­tam, to make way for a slope strength­en­ing project.

The project, which costs RM2.06 mil­lion, in­volved the con­struc­tion of a perime­ter drainage sys­tem on a 14ha land.

Zahid later vis­ited the Orang Asli set­tle­ment and the flood mit­i­ga­tion project in Sun­gai Tiang.

Present was Men­teri Be­sar Datuk Seri Ad­nan Yaakob.

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