IPOH: The government is willing to help farmers affected by the demolition operation at Kuala Terla in Cameron Highlands with the people’s interest at heart, says Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
The Deputy Prime Minister said this when asked if the government was willing to meet the farmers, who requested a win-win solution after they were served an eviction notice.
Dr Wan Azizah said while the government wanted to help farmers, they (government) must also take into consideration matters related to the environment, and on whether such farms could be the cause of landslides.
“We must look into all this aspects, and find ways to tackle the existing issues there.
“So it is very important that what we do must be done in the interests of the people,” she told reporters after launching the 50th anniversary of Malaysian Polytechnics at Ungku Omar Polytechnic here Sunday (April 7).
It was reported on March 21 that the affected farmers wanted to meet the Pahang state government for a win-win solution after they were served an eviction notice.
However, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail had said the state was firm in its decision because of environmental concerns.
Since Feb 25, the state government has been carrying out an operation to demolish illegal farms over 121ha in Cameron Highlands.