SOME 430 farmers who have been toiling on land without proper titles in Kampar can expect good news soon.
MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said the processing of their applications for land titles is now in its final stage.
Some of the farmers had been working the land for several decades.
“I am happy to note that Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir has agreed that the state government will decide on the applications once the ongoing survey and measurement of the land is completed,” Dr Chua said, adding that the job of the state government’s special task force headed by exco Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon was to expedite the processing.
“Dr Mah said he has discussed the matter with the Mentri Besar.
“Dr Zambry has also directed that the technical issues involved be resolved quickly so that the applications can be discussed at the state level for a decision,” Dr Chua told a press conference after chairing the Perak MCA liaison committee meeting in Kampar on Saturday.
He also assured the farmers that the Government was out to resolve their problems, hoping that they could be patient as the entire process could be tedious and complex.
Dr Chua said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak who visited Tanjung Tualang in Kampar in September to meet the villagers nearby, including those from Malim Nawar and Jeram, showed his concern for them.
Most of the 430 farmers who applied for land titles were from Malim Nawar and Jeram, he added.
He said Dr Zambry, Kampar MP Datuk Lee Chee Leong and Dr Mah were confident they could resolve the land issue soon, and the farmers should have faith in them.
“I can also guarantee the farmers that MCA is sincere in helping them, and certainly not doing it for show or to fish for votes in the upcoming general election,” Dr Chua said, adding that he hoped the people would not be misled by certain quarters to think that they were not given priority by the Government.
The farmers applying for land titles have also been having problems meeting the Jan 10, 2012 deadline for the registration of legal foreign workers.
A spokesman for the farmers in Malim Nawar told MetroPerak that they had been informed by the authorities that they could not register their workers because they were toiling on the land without a title, lease or permission from the state government.
The spokesman said there were about 100 foreign workers employed in the farms in Malim Nawar, and failure to register them by the deadline would disrupt work in the farms.
Ask to comment on the farmers’ plight, Dr Chua said: “Land matters aside, the fact is they need workers to produce agriculture products, and they should be entitled to hire the workers. It is only fair to allow them to do so.”
He said MCA is willing to raise the matter at the federal level, and Lee, who is the Deputy Home Minister, would discuss it with the Home Minister.