Lack of farm hands


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  • Wednesday, 07 Jan 2015

A project to repair the embankment of Sungai Bertam has begun.

NATURAL Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivel will discuss with the Home Ministry a proposal to allow Rohingyas refugees to work at farms in Cameron Highlands.

Shortly after his visit to Kampung Raja and Bertam Valley here recently, Palanivel said he has received lots of complaints from local farmers on the lack of farm hands, affecting the agricultural industry.

“I will discuss with the Home Ministry to maybe get the Rohingyas permit to work here.

“We are not giving to 3,000 to 4,000 people. We don’t want too many of them to work here either,” he said.

Palanivel also said he would discuss with Tenaga Nasional Berhad and the SJKC Bertam Valley board of governors on relocating the school.

“I understand that TNB could allocate RM10mil to build a new school for them.

“We have also identified a plot of land some 1.5km away from the current location that could be used for that purpose,” he said.

“We will need to discuss whether the school wants to be relocated,” he added.

He said that the RM40mil flood mitigation project on the embankment of Sungai Bertam has started and that the area along the river needs to be cleared.

“Some of the people living near the river need to move out.

“It will be problematic every time the area is flooded and they need to be relocated,” he said.

“The Government is ready to assist those with legal titles to move to another area,” he added.

The project covers a stretch of about 1.7km from the Sultan Abu Bakar dam and downstream.

The project is expected to be completed in November and can accommodate about 220cubic metres of water released from the dam.

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