ANY decision to close down or move pig farms should be put on hold until a formula acceptable to everyone is found, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said.
The Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister said this was the Cabinet’s stand when it advised the Selangor government to defer any action on pig farms.
“The Cabinet advised the state government to put on hold its decision to close pig farms as there were many unresolved issues. The state government has done so,” Muhyiddin said in winding up the debate on the motion of thanks on the Royal Address.
He said he believed other states would make the same move as Selangor.
He said the various issues concerning pig farming in Malaysia would be discussed in detail in the next Council of Mentris Besar and Chief Ministers to find a long-term solution.
This was because many of the issues arose due to the failure of various parties to implement policies already decided by the Government, he said.
He said many of the issues involved state governments, such as the availability of land and the impact of the farms on the surrounding environment.
To a question by Yap Pian Hon (BN – Serdang), he said the issue of extending state-imposed deadlines for pig farms to be closed down or relocated would be discussed in the council.
“If the council feels that the deadlines are unrealistic, I am sure they will be extended,” he said.
Asked by Teresa Kok (DAP – Seputeh) to state the Government’s stand on pig farming, Muhyiddin said Malaysia took a pragmatic view of the matter.
“Even if we banned pig farming, there will be illegal farming,” he said.
Muhyiddin said pig-farming industry players should also come up with an approach to resolve the various issues.
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