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Royal Pahang Durian Group! This is not good!

On durian….

DARING DAYLIGHT APARTHEID STYLE ROBBING

Press statement (English and Chinese) by DAP Tras State Assemblyperson Chow Yu Hui on July 15, 2020:

Musang King Crisis: Pahang State Gov’t’s Unequal Land Scheme Crushes Raub Durian Farmers’ Livelihood

Tras State Assemblyperson Chow Yu Hui condemned the Pahang State Government for disregarding durian farmers’ livelihood. Chow opined that the State Government’s latest scheme with regard to durian farmland was completely absurd as farmers were never consulted when the State Government was formulating an unequal contract that will sideline local farmers and severely impact on the durian industry, thus leading to a possible “Musang King Crisis”. 

The Pahang State Government, through its state statutory body Perbadanan Kemajuan Pertanian Negeri Pahang (PKPP), and Royal Pahang Durian Group had jointly established Royal Pahang Durian Resources PKPP Sdn Bhd.

A press statement issued on July 10, 2020, states that the Pahang State Government had on 24 June 2020 awarded Royal Pahang Durian Resources PKPP Sdn Bhd the lease and land use rights for 5,357 acres of land in the district of Raub, covering areas namely Sang Lee, Sungai Chetang, Tras, Sungai Ruan, and Sungai Klau, for a period of 30 plus 30 years.

Therefore, Chow put forward a question to the State Government: If the State Government had decided to rent the so-called illegal farms to another entity, why didn’t it prioritize the local farmers who have been farming for decades?

The local farmers undoubtedly have a richer experience in farming and have established quality control as well as production, logistics and export chains that are complete, smooth-running, and well-ordered. Apart from that, many farmers have been submitting applications to the State Government for years and are still willing to pay the necessary rent to the State Government. Why did the State Government not approve the land applications for years, but a scheme was formulated abruptly instead to grant the land to a huge private corporation?

“The very reason why “illegal farms” exist in the first place is that the State Government had constantly refused to approve applications submitted by farmers. The State Government’s scheme of renting the land to a huge private corporation precisely and clearly proved the fact that illegal farms can actually be legalized. 

However, it appears that the State Government favored a large private corporation over the farmers who have been giving immense contributions to Malaysia’s and local economy.”

Chow pointed out that the unequal contract compels farmers to hand over their durian harvests to the company, for a price that is lower than the market price. Apart from that, farmers will also be required to pay an exorbitant rent of RM6,000 per acre this year. Hence, imposing such unreasonable terms is similar to forcibly taking away part of the fruits of the farmers’ labor.

Chow questioned the State Government as to why PKPP was not assisting local Pahang farmers and protecting their rights. Even if the State Government intends to develop the durian industry, its state statutory body or state government-linked companies (GLCs) can establish ties and collaboration with the farmers to achieve the purpose. 

Why must the scheme involve a third party which is a large private corporation? To make matters even worse, the State Government jointly established a company with the large private corporation and offered an unequal contract to the farmers, thus mercilessly crushing farmers’ livelihoods as a result. 

Besides that, Chow also worried that once the precedent, whereby a large private corporation is given the privilege to make an unequal contract with farmers, is successfully set, the market of Musang King Durian will be monopolized by a single corporation. Without self-regulation under the free market system, the price of Durian is foreseeable to skyrocket while durian vendors and durian processing plants might even shut down eventually due to a lack of competition as well as the increasing difficulty of collecting durians. 

Besides that, in order to collect the unreasonable amount of durian as stipulated in the unequal contract, farmers who are like drowning men who clutch at straws might eventually be forced to plant low-quality durian trees that could produce a larger amount of harvest. Such a situation will, unfortunately, backfire and undermine Malaysia’s reputation as the top Musang King producer in the world.

Chow said that the clock is ticking as the Pahang Chief Minister Wan Rosdy ordered all farmers to “come forward” with Royal Pahang Durian Resources PKPP Sdn Bhd by August 9. Therefore, Chow urged all affected farmers to stay united and to take legal action in order to reject the unequal contract offered by the company. DAP is ready to provide any forms of assistance to protect the farmers from exploitation.

Chow Yu Hui
DAP Pahang Tras State Assemblyperson
0129534900

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民主行动党都赖区州议员邹宇晖于2020年7月15日发表的声明:

*与财团谋利设不平等条约
彭亨州政府罔顾榴莲农民*

民主行动党都赖区州议员邹宇晖抨击彭亨州政府,罔顾榴莲农民的生计,竟然可以在没有咨询广大农民的情况下,与财团设计不平等条约,边缘化当地农民,严重危害正在茁壮成长的榴莲工业,或进一步酿成“猫山王危机”。

彭亨州政府通过子公司彭亨州农业发展局(PKPP)和财团彭亨皇家榴莲集团(Royal Pahang Durian Group)联合成立 Royal Pahang Durian Resources PKPP Sdn Bhd,并于2020年7月10日发表文告宣布,彭亨州政府已在今年6月24日,授予Royal Pahang Durian Resources PKPP Sdn Bhd租赁和使用劳勿县內5千357英畝土地的租契,涵盖地区包括生利、只登、都赖、双溪兰、双溪吉流等,為期30+30年。

邹宇晖质问彭亨州政府,既然已经决定租出这些“非法芭”,为何不优先考虑批准予在当地已经耕种数十年的农民,这些农民拥有比财团更丰富的耕种经验,也建立了完整和流畅的质管、生产、运输、出口线,何况农民也多年向州政府申请,愿意向政府支付租地耕种的费用,为何州政府却一直不批准,如今一个转身,就把这些榴莲地租给财团呢?

“所谓的非法芭,其实只是政府多年来不批准农民租地耕种所导致,今天彭亨州政府选择租给财团,就证明非法芭也可以合法化,只不过州政府选择了财团,放弃了贡献庞大经济予国家和劳勿的农民。”

邹宇晖质问,州政府的农业发展局不是应该以提拔和维护本州农民利益为主吗?就算要发展榴莲工业,州政府子公司大可与农民一起合作,为何非得通过第三方的财团介入?甚至还与财团联合成立公司,开出不平等的条约,挤压农民的生存空间。

邹宇晖指出,不平等协议包括强制农民必须指定把榴莲果实低价格上交给该公司,以及指示农民在今年内必须缴交一英亩6千令吉的“租借费”,根本就是强人所难,准备把农民多年来付出的心血坐享其成。

“一旦财团开出与农民的不平等条约成功运行,猫山王市场或将被单一财团垄断,在没有市场自由机制的制约下,届时榴莲的价格或将无限飙高,榴莲收购商和榴莲加工厂也将因为缺乏竞争力,或甚至收不到榴莲而倒闭,此外,农民也为了满足不平等条约的数量要求,病急乱投医,种出没有素质的榴莲,这势必进一步折损马来西亚作为全球“猫山王国”的盛名。”

邹宇晖表示,由于彭亨州务大臣旺罗斯迪已经下令所有农民必须在8月9日前向Royal Pahang Durian Resources PKPP Sdn Bhd “报到”,因此时间紧迫,他呼吁所有受影响农民,联合起来采取法律行动,拒绝该公司开出的不平等协议,而行动党也准备给予任何形式的协助,以确保农民的利益不会被剥削。

邹宇晖
民主行动党彭亨都赖区州议员
0129534900

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