Friday, September 07, 2007

MORE PICS – Snags -Malacca Pigs Relocation; Negeri Sembilan seized 5 trailer loads; MB Ali Rustum: Culling Off after MCA Ong KT Appeal thru Najib

Malaysiakini Reported (details H E R E ) the State Government stands firm in its demand to limit the number to only 48,000 pigs the whole Sate of Melaka and have set a new deadline of 21st Sep 07 to ship out 91,000. This is indeed a tall order. The MCA having agreed to the extension of time is finding difficulty in implementing the relocation.
The Malacca government wants a detailed accountability of the actual numbers shipped out (now the revised Bernama's figure is 148,000 maximum (see bottom)instead of the frequently quoted figure of 160,000 in the state). Now the big Snag is that other States might not want to absorb the numbers. Negeri Sembilan openly has declare war on pigs coming in as they do want want to be the "pig stys" of Malaysia.
Other alternative is to cull the mature ones in abattoirs but where to find the cold storage space for them.

BELOW: Malaysiakini report as follows; Details H E R E by SUB= == = == == = == = == = = == = = not welcome in N Sembilan, all borders roads with manned checkpoints

September 06, 2007 21:50 PM

"Pigs from Malacca are not welcome in Negeri Sembilan as there is no understanding between the two states regarding the relocation issues. Datuk Seri Mohd Hassan(ABOVE), the MB of Negeri Sembilan has stated that steps have been taken that state border is not breeched. Since the decision was taken on Wednesday, 5 trailer loads of the animals were seized and would be destroyed"
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Dr Fong Chan On, MCA Vice-President "
This business of bring out the pigs would be monitored and supervised so that there would be no dispute to the actual number. We want this processes of bring out the pigs to the market to be transparent"
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Friday September 7, 2007, from Star

Talk it over with pig farmers, CM told

BENTONG: The Malacca Government should negotiate with pig farmers to find the best way to solve the pig farming issue in the state, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said yesterday. He also said any quick action such as culling should be avoided.

I have asked (Malacca Chief Minister) Datuk Seri Ali Rustam (ABOVE) to hold negotiations and he said he is willing to do so,” he said. He was asked to comment on the Malacca Government’s decision to reduce the number of pigs in Kampung Bukit Beruang, Kampung Man Lok and Paya Mengkuang areas to 48,000 by Sept 21.
He said this after closing the Fourth Series of the National Service Training Programme at the Chamang camp yesterday.

In Kuala Lumpur, MCA vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Fong Chan Onn said pig farmers in Malacca should apply for loans under Bank Negara’s Fund for Food scheme to upgrade their farms. The Government had no intention of stopping pig farming but farms had to be upgraded so that they do not pollute, he told reporters at the Parliament lobby yesterday.
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Sept 21 Target To Bring Pig Population Down To 48,000

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 6 (Bernama) -- The pig population in Melaka will be reduced from 148,000 currently to 48,000 by Sept 21, said Human Resource Minister Datuk Seri Dr Fong Chan Onn. He said to achieve this, more than 2,500 pigs would have to be culled daily.

"The major constraint is the culling capacity. In Melaka, only 300 pigs can be culled day," Fong who is also the Member of Parliament for Alor Gajah told reporters at the Parliament lobby here Thursday. To overcome this problem, pig farmers associations will be sending the pigs to Shah Alam and Johor to be culled at abattoirs over there.

"Our agreement is to meet the target by Sept 21. Operation to bring out the pigs will be monitored and supervised so that there will be no dispute on the actual number of pigs culled," he said.

"They want the process of bringing out the pigs to the market to be transparent. There will be no further misunderstandings." Fong said there must be mutual mechanism of monitoring and supervision and as such the Malacca City Council and Alor Gajah Municipal Council will have to monitor the operation. The Malacca government had ordered pig farmers to reduce the swine population following complaints of stench, unhygienic conditions and the pollution of water sources.

ABOVE: Datuk Seah Kwi Tong (Malacca MCA Chairman) confirmed closure of 4 farms

Only pig farmers in Paya Mengkuang will be allowed to continue pig farming activities while those in Manlok, Bukit Beruang andAir Molek will cease operation.

ABOVE: The mother pig being suckled by the piglets (BELOW)
BELOW: One of the abandoned closed farms

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Malacca pig farmers face crisis

by Kong See Hoh; The Sun, 3 Mar 2006
ALL is not well for Malacca's pig farming industry although the year started off with a bang for some farmers following an eventful 12 months last year. All the 81 pig farmers in the state are in "hot soup" following new orders from the authorities, according to a report in Oriental Daily News. More than 40 farmers from Paya Mengkuang have been given two weeks to shift out of their premises pending approval of the conversion of land use to allow for pig farming. The farmers who defy the order will forfeit their land.

A different fate awaits the 26 farmers in Kuala Sungai Baru and Ayer Salak who were informed by the Veterinary Services Department on Wednesday that they are not allowed to transport their pigs out of their farms. The reason given: the state has banned pig farming outside Paya Mengkuang. Oriental Daily, quoting Malacca Livestock Farmers Association chief Chen Nam Yik, said the farmers in Paya Mengkuang received notices from the Alor Gajah Municipal Council on Feb 24 informing them to attend an interview on Wednesday. Some 20 farmers who turned up for the appointment were told the bad news.

The association's pig unit chief, Lam Tien Nam, said the council's order to stop the movement of pigs has shocked pig farmers and put them in a spot. The farmers do not know what to do with the pigs, he said. Lam said if the farmers had contravened any land act, the authorities should give the farmers a grace period long enough for them to have their land status converted and not order them to move out. This is not the first time the pig farmers are in a crisis. On Christmas eve last year, they were told to close their farms. The state government, which deems pig farms a source of environment pollution, has not renewed the farmers' permits since 1991 but the farmers have carried on with their operation with the "tacit approval" of the authorities.


Anonymous Relocation Sugarland said...

The fairest way as I can see is to give sufficient notice to the pig farmers to relocate to a designated areas where chances of pollution to rivers is minimal and away from especially Malay kampongs. If they do not want to install modern waste disposal system then do not issue them the licence to farm. It would be helpful to extend low interest loans to families who cannot afford the expensive system. If they refuse to relocate after all this and especially after adequate time has been given for instance 2-3 years then there is every right for the authority to step in.

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