PEKAN: The state government has lifted the freeze on ongoing or planned projects in Cameron Highlands effective May 1.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said the government had decided to allow the projects to proceed after considering that it would be unfair for some of the developers, especially those involving government projects and the restoration of river water flow or alignment.
He cited as an example a road construction project from Ringlet to Perak where the developer had been fined daily by the Public Works Department after it was unable to continue following the freeze order.
“There are also some other developers who have purchased land and properties at a very high price but cannot proceed due to the order.
“However, despite the lifting of the freeze, developers must bear in mind that they must at all times abide by the rules and regulations involving development projects in a highland,” Adnan said after chairing the state exco meeting at the district office yesterday.
“They must not take advantage of the situation nor ridicule the laws.”
The freeze was imposed on Feb 6 following uproar over indiscriminate land clearing by contractors of some 8ha of land on the hill station.
A site near the famous Blue Valley tea estates, about 20km from Tanah Rata, was embroiled in the controversy.
Adnan also said the district land administrator would issue a letter to the developers involved, which would contain strict regulations and guidelines that they must follow.
“I advise them to wait for the letter before continuing their works,” he added.
It was reported in The Star on March 15 that the state government had frozen 11 out of 68 ongoing or planned development projects, and out of the 11, nine were housing projects.