Pollution', 'Orang Asli', 'Lojing Highlands', 'Vegetable Farms

Pollution', 'Orang Asli'

Orang Asli urge authorities to probe Lojing farm operators

#NSTnation: They claim that some farm operators are not abiding by conditions stated in their permits, and are expanding their farms illegally.

26.1.2020

NSTnation: They claim that some farm operators are not abiding by conditions stated in their permits, and are expanding their farms illegally.

GUA MUSANG: Members of the Orang Asli community from several settlements here have urged relevant authorities to investigate whether vegetable farm operators, especially in the Lojing Highlands, are adhering to environment regulations.

They claim that some farm operators are not abiding by conditions stated in their permits, and are expanding their farms illegally. This has resulted in nearby rivers being polluted and landslides occurring during heavy rains, they said. Kampung Jedip Orang Asli member Mohamad Nasri Hasan said that the illegal expansion of agricultural lands is worrying the Orang Asli people, especially those living in the vicinity of the farms. "We found that new sites for vegetable farms are opened every year by the operators to plant tomatoes, long beans and others. "But we are not sure whether they (the operators) had applied for permits or are just doing it illegally. "Therefore, we want the authorities as well as the state government to investigate this," said the 24-year-old odd-job worker. Sendrop Orang Asli village head Abdol Busu Kamin alleges that Sungai Jedip and Sungai Belatok are already polluted due to rampant agricultural activities upstream in the Lojing Highlands. "Many of us have been depending on the two rivers for our daily needs. "We believe that the rivers were being polluted since 2015 when agricultural activities began. The pollution has worsened in subsequent years," said the 49-year-old. He claimed that the Orang Asli had lodged their complaints with the state government as well as the district office and Land and Mines Department, but to date, no action has been taken. Among the Orang Asli settlements located.near Lojing Highlands are Pos Brooke, Sigar, Sangwai and Sendrop. Related stories Read more: New Straits Times

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