Reprieve for Malacca Pigs – No more Mass Killing? Cabinet 2 solutions - allow pig farmers change land tenure or assure banks not to recall temp leases
Malaysiakini VideoClip on Huge support (see pics) for pig farmers as deadline nears – now includes a BIG support from Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Sri Najib Tun Razak who has instructed the Meleka government not to carry out large-scale pig destruction operations to avoid misunderstanding of outsiders..
This must be in view of the looming GE, the BN at last has come to its senses for the survival of MCA and the marginal BN seats. If this issue drags on, MCA can close shop in Malacca.
And Najib said he had discussed the issue with MCA president Ong Ka Ting and MCA leaves the problem to
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No More Mass Killing of Pigs; Updated:2007-09-18 MYT
Responding to the concern of the pig farmers of the move to reduce the amount of pigs from 150 000 to 48000 within the period of 10 days (from 15 Sept to 21 Sept) given by the Meleka state government, Najib said: “I've instructed the Meleka government not to carry out large-scale pig destruction operations to avoid misunderstanding of outsiders who may think the government is coercing pig farmers with tough measures. We will look for a proper solution.” When being asked about the refusal of the state government to allocate lands in working out the collective pig breeding area policy drawn up by the Federal government, Najib said the cabinet has seriously discussed the matter. The state government must agree to change the usage of land or they would have to promise not to recall the temporary lease, including the extension of the lease.
“If a pig farmer is holding a temporary lease, and the Melaka state government agrees to allow the farmer to continue pig breeding on that piece of land, there would be no allocation of governmental land. However, if the state government does not promise not to recall the temporary lease, banks would not approve loans for the farmer and the farmer would not have capital to build a pig farm that fulfils the environment protection standard.” He added that this is only an agreement between the Melaka state and the Federal government. It will have to discuss with other state governments separately.
Unless the state governments agree to allow pig farms at their current locations, they may have (to follow) the principle set out by the Cabinet. Asked about the advice he gave to Melaka Chief Minister Mohd Ali Rustam regarding the pig farm issue, Najib said: “I wouldn't reveal the conversation between us. This is a matter between us. I wouldn't advise him through the media. We very well discuss on the problem of reducing the amount of pigs before 21 Sept, including whether to extend the deadline.” Najib also said he had discussed the issue with MCA president Ong Ka Ting and MCA leaves the problem to MCA Melaka State Assemblymen. (Sin Chew Daily)
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Government Promises To Care For Those Lacking Behind
surprisingly to find that most of the 100 richest people in
Speaking on the achievement of the nation's three major ethnic groups, Najib indicated that the new economic policy has resulted a considerable amount of middle class Malays and even though the status of the aborigines have improved tremendously, they are still behind the others.
He said that Malays had been marginalised during the colonial period and they couldn't escape from low income, poverty, and holding less equity in various fields for a long period of time. On the development of Indians, he said it seems to be slower than the
Malays and Chinese, but the Indian community also has a lot of talented people and the average income of Indian professionals like doctors and lawyers is higher than other races. "Despite the many achievements of Indians, the government won't neglect those in the estates. The government is always concerned about them. We understand that there are a lot of problems faced by the Indian community that require immediate resolutions.
He emphasised that all races have made brilliant achievements in various fields in 50 years. Malaysians should keep this effort up to achieve more. He said
of the average income, standard of education, information and communication technology. And it is also refers to the success of reducing the poverty rate and the increase of business opportunity. "Nobody can deny