KOTA BHARU – All quarters intending to carry out agricultural activities on state government land are required to obtain permission and approval from the relevant authorities, especially the Land and District office, said Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob.
He said it was necessary that the comply with the stipulated regulations to avoid their crops being destroyed by the authorities when the site was needed to make way for development projects.
“They should get approval because (even) if they plant rubber trees, it is still illegal,” he told reporters after opening the Publicity and Public Participation for the Draft Report on the Review of the Kelantan Structural Plan 2040 at the Darul Naim Complex today.
He said this in response to a call by about 100 residents of Kampung Peralla, Tanah Merah, for the state government to cancel its plan to turn a 250 hectare site, which had been planted with rubber trees, into a gold mining area.
The residents claimed that they had worked the land since 2011 and paid a premium of RM18,000 per 2.5 hectare. About 100 trees had been felled so far and the affected residents were compensated RM10 per tree.
Ahmad said the state government would investigate the matter.
On the draft report of the Kelantan structural plan that was displayed today, Ahmad said the public should take the opportunity to provide their opinion and suggestions to further improve it.
He said the report identified five development strategic thrusts through 83 strategy, including coordination of high-impact infrastructure projects such as the East Coast Rail Line (ECRL), Nenggiri and Lebir Electric Hydro Dam and the East Coast Expressway 3 (LPT3). – BERNAMA