Settlers who cleared land at Bukit Kledang ordered to carry out remedial work

The hillslopes of Bukit Kledang in Ipoh have been cleared for cultivating oil palm.

IPOH: Structural repairs on the land near Bukit Kledang here, which had been cleared for illegal cultivation of oil palm, will begin soon.

Perak Menteri Besar Incorporated (MB Inc) CEO Anuar Zainal Abidin said the Perak Land and Mines director had ordered the illegal settlers to do the foundation structural repairs to prevent soil erosion in the area.

“They have been instructed to construct drains and replant trees for erosion control on the slopes.

“To ensure the security of the area, MB Inc has also stationed auxiliary police members at the site to monitor the situation,” he said in a statement here tonight.

He said the order was issued following the discovery of the existence of illegal land exploration activities on the 10ha site near Bukit Kledang.

Yesterday, Anuar confirmed the existence of illegal land exploration activities on the hill, which is partly owned by MB Inc.

Earlier, Menteri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu called on the people to give time to the state government to restore the land at the affected areas.

He said the government was looking for a solution to rehabilitate the land that has been cleared to plant oil palm.