MACC: Durian farmers weren't called in over Raub durian issue (updated)

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  • Tuesday, 15 Sep 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has denied claims that durian farmers were called in to assist a probe into the issue of land encroachment in Raub, Pahang for the cultivation of Musang King durian trees.

MACC chief commissioner Datuk Seri Azam Baki confirmed that the Pahang MACC had opened investigation papers but no one had been summoned so far.

"The issue is false. We do not know who created it.

"As of Monday (Sept 14), I was informed that we did not summon the farmers as reported by certain media," he told reporters at the "Corporate Liability – Are You At Risk Forum" here on Tuesday (Sept 15).

The Save Durian King Alliance (Samka) claimed that some durian farmers were served with notices to appear at the district MACC office for questioning over land encroachment activities in Raub.

Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail said the state government had never intended to oppress durian farmers, who cultivated the crop illegally in Raub district.

He also stressed that action taken by the state government was based on the provisions allowed under the law.

On Aug 28, Kuantan High Court Judge Datuk Zainal Azman Ab Aziz allowed the farmers' application to obtain a temporary suspension order against the eviction notice issued by the Raub District and Land Office and the Pahang Forestry Department.

The application was made after the state government began taking action against farmers who allegedly cultivated durian plantations around Raub illegally in early August and caused losses to the state government as well as water pollution issues.

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