Apply for TOL, illegal caged fish breeders told

There are 1,036 fish cages in Terengganu, with only 180 having valid TOL. — Filepic

KUALA TERENGGANU: Caged fish breeders who have built the cages on state land without permission are advised to apply for temporary occupation licence (TOL), before enforcement action is taken.

Terengganu agriculture, food industry, plantation, commodities and rural development committee chairman Dr Azman Ibrahim said it was an offence under the National Land Code for them to build the cages on state land, whereby they could be fined a maximum of RM500,000 or up to five years imprisonment, if found guilty.

“The state government’s intention is to resolve the issue harmoniously, not to punish the people.

“That is why the government wants to issue TOL to caged fish breeders in Besut, Setiu and several other locations, he said during the question-and-answer session at the state assembly sitting.

He was responding to a question by Muhammad Khalil Abdul Hadi (PAS-Batu Buruk) on the government’s approach in tackling the issue of caged fish breeders using government land for the purpose.

Dr Azman said the state government would focus on issuing the TOL to existing caged fish breeders.

There are 1,036 fish cages in the state, with only 180 having valid TOL, he added. – Bernama

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