PETALING JAYA: Five men, including three cattle farmers and two Parti Socialist Malaysia (PSM) activists, were arrested on Monday (Aug 27) while protesting against the demolition of a cattle farm in Bukit Tinggi, Klang.
Klang PSM branch advisor Ramasamy Karuppusamy said approximately 150 enforcement officers from the police, Light Strike Force, Klang Municipal Council (MPK) and Klang Land Office arrived at the cattle farm at 8.30am and started dismantling the structure.
"We tried negotiating to stop the demolition," Ramasamy said, adding that MPK also confiscated 30 of the 150 cows on the farm, which also has 50 goats.
He said a scuffle broke out when one protestor, who was trying to block the demolition, hit a plain-clothed policeman whom he had mistaken for a thug.
Farmer Theveindran Arumugam, 54, and his brothers, aged 60 and 40, were held during the protest.
Also detained were PSM members Paranjothipathi Kaniapan and Nik Aziz Afiq, who are both 24 years old.
The South Klang police station have confirmed that the five men have been detained.
Theveindran has been locking horns with the authorities over the ownership of the 0.8ha land for the last three years.
He claimed that property development company Gamuda Berhad had given him the land parcel in Bandar Botanic to relocate his farm there during the development of Bukit Tinggi in 2003.
However, in May 2016, the Klang Land Office informed him that the land was now a government reserve land and demanded that he relocate.
"In a meeting with the Land Office, I was informed that the ownership of the land has been transferred to Jais (The Selangor Islamic Religious Department)," he claimed.
"I was shocked. How could the land under Gamuda Berhad's name which was promised to me be transferred to Jais, even though the Land Office was aware that I had operated a cattle farm here for many years," he asked.
According to Ramasamy, Theveindran and the authorities have been in negotiations but were unable to reach a resolution.
Theveindran, who is partially blind, is demanding the Selangor state government relocate his farm to another land that is 5km away where he can still continue his business or compensate him accordingly.
A check with the Klang Land Office showed that this land belongs to Jais and the Selangor Drainage and Irrigation Department (JPS).
"We had no choice but to evict them today because Jais already has building plans for this area and there are also plans to widen the Aur river for flood mitigation purposes," said Klang Land Office assistant district officer Mohamad Saiful Azri, who added that the cows and goats have been sent to a nearby farm temporarily.
He said the land office, together with the state government, has had numerous discussions with the cow farm owner since 2006 and even offered a piece of land measuring 2ha at Olak Lempit Banting.
"This land is more suitable for cattle farming activities and the piece of land we are giving is a lot bigger than their existing one.
"We were also given the green light by the state in 2017 to vacate the land but because we wanted to give them some time to move to the new land offered, we are only taking action now," he added.
Apart from that, MPK has also received numerous complaints about cows wandering the streets, making it dangerous for motorists.
Also, the cow manure which is left on the street and sidewalks are a bane for residents and even business owners in the vicinity who have complained about the strong stench.
According to the police, there were also reports made about vehicles getting into accidents with cows.