THE state government will take stern action against “corporate farmers” occupying state government land illegally, said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu.
He described corporate farmers as those making profits without yield returns to the state while the other type was small-scale farmers.
“For small-time farmers whose livelihood depend on farming, we will give them alternative land and they must move to the land provided by the government,” he said.
However, farmers who resort to profiteering would be reprimanded, said Ahmad Faizal. He was replying to a supplementary question by Dr Ko Chung Sen (PH-Kepayang) on plans for small-scale farmers occupying state land illegally.
Earlier, Mohd Akmal Kamarudin (PAS-Selama) asked the state government to put in detail the approval of Temporary Occupation Licences (TOL) according to race and the areas concerned.
Ahmad Faizal said from 2012 to-date, there were 12,668 TOL occupants in Perak.
“Licences were issued to 5,553 Malays, 6,180 Chinese, 915 Indians and 20 others,” he added.
On whether the state government planned to open up new applications for people to apply for state land, Ahmad Faizal replied in the affirmative.
He said the Perak government allowed opportunities for people to own land under the Planned Village Plan, and Group Agriculture Plan.
On whether the state government would provide housing aid to ensure people from lower-income groups in rural areas could own houses, Ahmad Faizal said the State Housing and Property Board was actively developing the PerakKu housing scheme throughout the state.
For now, he said the Perak government was identifying land to develop low-cost and affordable housing with cross subsidies.
“The strategic plan to develop the housing schemes will rely on demand and population growth.
“We will also ensure that more houses under RM100,000 for the B40 group are built,” he added.
Ahmad Faizal said the state government was aware of the difficulties faced by those without a stable income to get loans to buy houses.
To solve this problem, he said the state government through Credit Guarantee Corporation Malaysia Bhd would provide financial assistance.