Ipoh deserves more positive news than these negative ones it is getting in which the authorities seem oblivious on matters of development.
It should not have happened, not just in Ipoh but anywhere in Malaysia.
According to an article on edgeprop.my, the Perak Menteri Besar Incorporated (MB Inc) confirmed the existence of illegal land on February 11. The exploitation of land near Bukit Kledang was for oil palm plantations.
CEO of MB Inc, Anuar Zainal Abidin said, “Initial investigations found that besides MB Inc land, affected areas (due to illegal exploration activities) also involved state-owned land.”
He added, “The State Forestry Department has also confirmed that the land belonging to MB Inc and the affected state government land are not located in the Kledang-Saiong Forest Reserve area, the area has not even been gazetted as Kledang-Saiong Forest Reserve area.”
There will be firm action to be taken against the parties involved. Anuar shared that when MB Inc visited Bukit Kledang on Jan 19, there were no illegal exploration activities found in the area.
As for how to avoid illegal settlements, Anuar said, “For the record, MB Inc plans to develop a mixed property project in the area dedicated to the placement of people and avoid government-owned land from being exploited by illegal settlers.”
Meanwhile Perak MB said he is disappointed with this illegal development in Bukit Kledang. It is mentioned that the Perak state government will check the permit of the 400 acres of forest development.
This article first appeared in kopiandproperty.com
Charles Tan blogs at property investment site kopiandproperty. He dislikes property speculators and disagrees that renting is better than buying. He thinks it’s either property or poverty. He is presently the CEO of an auction house auctioning assets beyond just properties.