Land illegally cleared to plant oil palm at Bukit Kledang, Ipoh

An area around Bukit Kledang in Ipoh has been cleared for illegal cultivation. (Facebook pic)

IPOH: Perak Menteri Besar Incorporated (MB Inc) today confirmed the existence of illegal land-exploration activities at Bukit Kledang here for the purpose of planting oil palm.

Its CEO, Anuar Zainal Abidin, said 10ha of land had been illegally cleared.

He said investigations found that the illegal settlers had planted young oil palm trees on the hillside.

Initial investigations found that besides MB Inc land, other affected areas belong to other state agencies.

“The State Forestry Department (JPNPk) has also confirmed that the land belonging to MB Inc and the affected state government land is not located in the Kledang-Saiong Forest Reserve area.”

Anuar said the Perak Land and Mines Office had instructed all earthworks in the area to be stopped immediately and investigations have begun to take firm action against the irresponsible parties.

He said MB Inc had last visited Bukit Kledang on Jan 19 and found no illegal exploration activities then.

“For the record, MB Inc plans to develop a mixed property project in the area. It will ensure government-owned land is not exploited by illegal settlers,” he said.