PASIR MAS: The Kelantan People’s Action Council (MTRK) will present a memorandum to Sultan of Kelantan Sultan Muhammad V on the alleged inaction of the state government in addressing the acute water supply problems and the Ladang Rakyat scandal that has displaced hundreds of residents.
Its president Azmi Ali said that the PAS-led Kelantan Government chose to keep quiet while many residents and orang asli living in the southern region, namely in Kuala Krai, Gua Musang and Jeli, were evicted from the land they had toiled for many years.
“MTRK will draft a memorandum to be presented to Sultan Muhammad V urging him to look into the plight of the people who are suffering after their land was converted into Ladang Rakyat by the state government.
“Till today, it has not provided any explanation to the people why the 200,000ha of land was alienated to outsiders.
“We demand Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat answer all allegations on other issues like what had happened to the RM600mil Federal grant to upgrade water supply to the people when there was still a lack of the basic amenity.
“We will go on a roadshow to expose the state government’s mismanagement of state resources and inconsiderate policies and oppression towards the people of Kelantan before presenting the memorandum to the Sultan,” he told reporters at a gathering of those affected by the Ladang Rakyat issue in Tendong here yesterday.
One of them, Abdullah Daud, 53, claimed that his dokong plantation in Jeli, which he had tended since the 1990s, was flattened to make way for the Ladang Rakyat scheme.
The father of five said that previously he could get RM1,600 per season selling the fruits but now he faced difficulty feeding his family.
“I am very frustrated with the state government for doing this to me and it is not as if I never paid the land premium. I have worked hard on the land and I should be given the land,” he said.
Deputy Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob, who is also the Public Administration, Land and Regional Development Committee chairman, could not be reached for comment.
It was reported that the Kelantan Government cleared thousands of hectares of forest land in the Gua Musang and Kuala Krai districts which stretched to the state’s borders with Perak and Pahang.
The land clearing also caused hardship to the orang asli as rivers have been polluted.
Orang asli living in settlements in Gua Musang were displaced and their income from forest produce affected.
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