NSC heads team monitoring land clearing
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.