THE STATE government has issued a stern warning to those who contravene the usage status of land without and think that they can get away with it by putting in an application to the authorities later.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir said such applications will be rejected and the development shut down.
Citing an example, he said, if a piece of land was meant for the cultivation of palm oil, but was instead used for chicken farming, the application would not be approved, and the operator would be asked to shut down their business.
He said the same goes for any other developments that fail to receive prior approval from the state government, but goes ahead to develop the land for other purposes.
“We have been receiving applications from businesses after they were set up in a location not designated for such a use.
“These businesses then plead with us to approve their applications just because they have invested a lot.
“I would like to emphasise that prior approval is required from the state government on such matters, and if the business owner decides to start operating something not meant to be at that site, then we will not compromise.
“We have shut down several such businesses, and will continue to do so without any hesitation,” he told reporters at the weekly State Executive Council meeting at his office last Wednesday.
Zambry said the bulk of such applications are from people operating chicken farms in areas that were never designated for such use.
He said there have also been cases of some operators who actually wanted to set up chicken farms in an area that had been gazetted as a heritage site.
“So, don’t think the state government will fall for the reasoning that because owners have spent a certain amount on their businesses, and that we will be lenient with them in allowing them to continue with their business.
“There is no such thing and we are very serious about the matter, and appropriate action will be taken,” he added.
In another matter, State MIC Chairman Datuk V. Elango later said,of the 27 councillors appointed for the city, municipal and district councils for the state, 14 are new faces.
Elango, who is also Zambry’s special officer, said their appointment is effective March 1 to Dec 31, 2016. He said those appointed are from the youth and women wings of the party.
On the appointments, he said replacements were made due to unsatisfactory performances, and also because some of previous councilors were no longer party members.