Probe Pahang MB immediately, Ramasamy urges IGP

P Ramasamy claims the eviction order was based on incorrect information.

PETALING JAYA: DAP national committee member P Ramasamy has called for Pahang menteri besar Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail to be investigated by the police over allegations that he had abused his powers in demolishing more than 60 farms in Cameron Highlands.

Ramasamy said that more than a hundred police reports had been lodged against Wan Rosdy, and a report was also lodged with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission alleging abuse of power.

“I would like the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Fuzi Harun, to attend to this matter immediately,” Ramasamy said in a statement.

Earlier this month, the Pahang state government said it had demolished 121 hectares of illegal plantations in Cameron Highlands “to restore the glory of Cameron Highlands and to protect rivers in the area”.

State secretary Sallehuddin Ishak said the illegal farms had caused a shutdown of the Sungai Ichat dam because of contamination from agricultural activities.

About 61 vegetable farmers were also evicted from their land in Kuala Terla.

Ramasamy said the eviction order was based on “incorrect information” but was also “an attempt to seek political vengeance against the farmers, who had supported Pakatan Harapan in the recent by-election”.

The Pahang state government is run by the Barisan Nasional.

Ramasamy also voiced fears that farmers who had borrowed money from local banks to invest in agriculture would be laden with an enormous debt. “If the eviction takes place any time, it would entail the loss of millions of ringgit in farm equipment, not to speak of future earnings.”