ABOUT 60% of pig farmers in Penang have complied with requirements in the transition from open farming to a closed system.
Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said that to date, 99 out of 166 pig farmers all over the state had complied with all the requirements to prevent pollution.
“Normally, planning permission is required to convert from open farming to a closed system.
“However, in realising that there are difficulties in converting, the state has exempted the need for planning permission.
“So the farmers just need to submit the building plan for approval.
“However, many could not meet the deadline so we have to negotiate a new deadline.
“Eventually, we want all of the pig farmers to convert to closed farming, ” he said in his speech during a Chinese New Year celebration at SJK(C) Kampung Valdor in Simpang Ampat near Nibong Tebal in Penang recently.
The event was jointly hosted by Bukit Tambun assemblyman Goh Choon Aik and Batu Kawan MP Kasthuriraani Patto.
Also present at the celebration were Machang Bubuk assemblyman Lee Khai Loon, Jawi assemblyman H’ng Mooi Lye and Seberang Prai city councillor Heng Yeh Shiuan.
Goh said in his speech the entire Kampung Valdor was cleaned up for Chinese New Year during a gotong-royong involving the Seberang Prai City Council, voluntary firefighters from surrounding areas and villagers.
“We wanted to make sure that the village is clean and beautiful, ” said Goh.
“A committee was also formed by the volunteers to make Chinese traditional cakes at the public market in Kampung Valdor.”
Earlier, in her speech, Kasthuriraani said she was happy to be part of the Lunar New Year celebration.
She added that she sponsored more than 200 red lanterns costing RM10,000 in her constituency.
Kasthuriraani also hit out at a politician who had asked a secondary school to remove its Chinese New Year decorations which his party claimed was unconstitutional.
The decorations were put up again ahead of a visit by several leaders.
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