Friday, April 11, 2008

PIGGY @ SEPANG



NASIONAL - Sunday 13 April, BERITA MINGGU

Pas kemuka tiga cadangan selesai isu

KUALA LUMPUR: Pas mengemukakan tiga cadangan kepada Kerajaan Selangor yang dianggap dapat menyelesaikan isu projek ladang ternakan babi berkelompok bernilai RM100 juta di Ladang Tumbuk, Kuala Langat. Cadangan itu juga sebagai pilihan kepada rakyat Selangor yang dikemukakan pemimpin tertinggi Pas diketuai Timbalan Presiden Pas, Nasharuddin Mat Isa; Naib Presidennya, Datuk Husam Musa dan Ketua Dewan Pemuda Pas Pusat, Salahuddin Ayub dalam pertemuan dengan Menteri Besar, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim di kediamannya di sini, malam kelmarin. Pas juga mahukan kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat pimpinan Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) itu mengadakan kempen penerangan dan siri dialog bersama rakyat untuk mendapatkan pandangan dan pilihan terbaik mengenai projek berkenaan.
Tiga cadangan itu ialah:
Pas mencadangkan kerajaan negeri membiarkan saja kira-kira 300 ladang babi sedia ada terus beroperasi tanpa sebarang tindakan diambil.
Mengambil langkah tidak membenarkan diwujudkan ladang babi di negara ini seperti di Singapura.
Memusatkan semua ladang ternakan babi menggunakan teknologi terkini dan tidak memberi kesan kepada alam sekitar dan menimbulkan keresahan umat Islam. Salahuddin berkata, dalam pertemuan itu, Abdul Khalid bersetuju dengan cadangan Pas itu dan kerajaan negeri akan mengadakan penerangan untuk mendapatkan maklum balas daripada rakyat. Katanya, Pas bersetuju jika kerajaan negeri melaksanakan projek berkenaan menggunakan kaedah moden dan menempatkan satu tempat semua ladang ternakan babi di negeri itu. "Pas berharap kerajaan negeri mengambil langkah terbaik menyelesaikan isu ladang ternakan babi yang mendapat bantahan rakyat.
"Dia (Abdul Khalid) dalam perjumpaan itu, bersetuju dengan cadangan yang kita kemukakan itu," katanya selepas mempengerusikan mesyuarat bulanan Jawatankuasa Dewan Pemuda Pas Pusat, di Ibu Pejabat Pas Pusat, di sini, semalam. Salahuddin mendakwa isu ladang ternakan babi itu juga sudah dimanipulasikan oleh media sehingga menjadi besar. Bagaimanapun, beliau percaya kerajaan negeri akan mengambil langkah sewajarnya menangani isu itu selaras kehendak rakyat Selangor. "Sudah pasti isu ini menjadi tanggungjawab kerajaan negeri menyelesaikannya dengan baik," katanya Baru-baru ini, Kerajaan Selangor meluluskan projek ladang ternakan babi berkelompok bernilai RM100 juta di Ladang Tumbuk, Kuala Langat yang dijangka siap dalam tempoh antara enam bulan hingga setahun. Abdul Khalid berkata, kerajaan negeri hanya meneruskan projek diluluskan kerajaan negeri sebelum ini pimpinan Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo yang meluluskan projek itu pada mesyuarat Exco, 30 Januari lalu. Ditanya jika rakyat menolak terus projek ternakan babi itu, katanya perkara itu tidak mungkin berlaku. "Kita memberi tiga pilihan kepada kerajaan negeri untuk dikemukakan kepada rakyat mengenai ladang ternakan babi di negeri ini. "Saya percaya cadangan memusatkan semua ladang babi di satu kawasan menggunakan sistem terkini boleh diterima seluruh rakyat Selangor. "Cadangan itu juga tidak menyekat hak orang bukan Islam mendapatkan bekalan babi, tetapi perlu menjaga kebersihan kawasan ternakan dan tidak mengganggu sensiviti umat Islam," katanya.
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Pig Trap ....... Watch your step !!!!

The issue is on RM 100 million ultra modern pig farm to be built at Ladang Tumbok, Mukim Batu, Sepang, Selangor. The new Sate Government recently approved the project which has been approved by the previous State Government. The new farm will be so modern that all the waste from the farm will be recycled, so no more waste to pollute the environment. The size of the farm can accommodate 250,000 pigs at one time, sufficient for Selangor needs. Currently there are 137 conventional pig farms in Selangor and 817 nation wide. The farm is going to be another landmarks for Sepang after KLIA, SIC – F1 and Sepang Gold Coast.

After the declaration by TS Khalid and Teresa Kok on the approval of the project, it has became the headlines on few of the main papers and TVs for the past one week. The news is slowly moving to the inner page but the intense of the comments and reviews on the subject matter are still very high. In fact a few demonstrations from the so called affected villages and concerned citizens have been carried out at the Chief Minister office and affected kampung. The District Officer for Sepang was on TV3 news tonight to clarify on the same issue. A few Minister and senior politicians from BN appeared on the TV main news to criticize and condemned the project and one of them even said the Project is the first gift from the State Government to the Rakyat. So the Piggy issue has became one of the major issue for the New Opposition to trash the Selangor State Government. It is good to have a strong opposition as long as they are very objective and sincere in their criticism.

Ironically the piggy issue has been there for over two decades be it in Selangor, Negeri Sembilan or Melaka. In fact TV3 has made a great series reports on the terrible pig farm situation in Melaka, which has not been fully resolved until today. The people there are still suffering in silence and praying for divine intervention for the pig farm, its smell and wastes to go away. The Straits of Malacca is still receiving the pollutants from pig farms that are killing it softly and surely. If only it can shout at us, it must be screaming for us to stop killing the future and the earth.

It would be great if all the decision makers take a break and live near the pig farm for a week. I mean all of them from Melaka, Negeri Sembilan and Selangor. Have a taste of the smell, pollutions and misery that the kampung people have to face all this while. Maybe then they will fully understand the misery of living near pig farms. While it may sound reasonable to build a modern pig farm that pollutants free and environmentally friendly, but is it the real solutions to the piggy issue. Whatever action taken must be with the intention of resolving the current problems not inflicting more wounds to the injury.

TS Khalid and his teams must listen to the real people, go the ground live a few days by the pig farm. Will the new ultra modern pig farm provide the alternatives and reasons to close down the current conventional farms? Is the technology REALLY sound? Has the REAL transparent EIA been carried out for the project and who will really benefit from the project? The Rakyat or the Farm Owner? Is TS Khalid walking into the Pig Trap that has bigger agenda then the pig itself? One thing is for sure, if this piggy issue is not being resolved in a prudent manner it will be one of the major contributing factors for the down fall of few constituents in PRU 13


8 comments:

Ditaur said...
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cakapaje said...

Salam Dato',

To me, given the alternative, one would be more unwise not to have the centralised farm as approved by the previous state government.

Environmentally speaking, the proposed site is already polluted, along with all present sites. To build the centralised farm elsewhere would not mean those present sites would be cleansed, but would only raise further angst amongst the people for fear of the project.

Further - using the current method - waste pollutants are seeping into groundwater, springs and even rivers which may contribute to our daily use. And as mentioned by the fishermen off the coast there, their livelihood has been affected for more than 10 years already! Should not they then - even on mere hopes - look at this project with a positive mind? After all, to protest and abandon the building of the centralised farm would lead to the death of the environment there, as they themselves admit.

As for the farm recycling the waste into energy, I have been informed that such technology - utilising all forms of organic waste - are already in existent even in Malaysia. Supposedly situated in Miri, Sarawak, the plant has been operating for sometime now using 30year old Japanese technology. In fact, a friend had tried to bring in the latest techonolgy which would recycle all organic waste in Malaysia, where the final process would turn the energy produced into electricity sufficient for the need of Selangor, at the very least.

Undoubtedly there would be some side effect which none of the existing plants in Europe and Japan may have yet identify, but I believe it cannot be worse than doing nothing now and let the future environment to die for a present delicacy which inevitably becomes the very waste that can save the environment?

My apologies if I am a bit long winded.

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

salam Dato,

i may not be the best person to talk on this issue but from what i've read, in layman's term, the proposed farm will be well-organised and quite a distance away from the nearest residential area. regardeless of any racial sentiment, pigs will still be consumed by the non-muslims and since TS Khalid has promised the new gomen are meant for all, they dont have much option but to please pig farmers/vendors/eaters who voted them in.

just my 2 sen je.

tokasid said...

Salam Pak Jaflam:

Pigs are really big issues.
Its big for the Malays and big for the Chinese. Unfortunately its is big for both communities in the opposite ways.

The Malays just hate pigs.
The Chinese just loves pigs.

Is there a problem with this. Actually no. But not a big NO.Just a small no.

Where those the problem lies? Its mainly the location of the pig farms. As most of us knew, in Melaka these pig farms are within the Malay villages.Paya Mengkuang is. Londang is.

I don't know about Sepang but I guess it must be near a malay settlement. So the uproar by the Malays.

The other problem with pig farmimng in Malaysia : they are VERY dirty and unhygienic.It really pollutes the environment.

Can the German method of farming be safer to the environment and the public?

If not, I am against Selangor govt's move just like I was against Melaka govt's move.

If these farms are away from human settlement(not just Malays) and can be safe and ecofriendly, by all means go ahead. But if not its better to scrapped it off.
Maybe we can do like Singapore; breed and farm the pigs elsewhere.

I am sure pig farmers can do some other bussinesses.

jaflam said...

Salam Cakapaje,
It is true that something must be done to upgrade the current system that polluting the environment and the people. Unfortunately the issue has been politicized in that painted the State Government black. Its good to note that effort will be made to meet the people affected and explained the pro and con of the project

jaflam said...

Salam Kerp,
I believed the project if implemented properly and as a replacement of the current environmental unfriendly system will be beneficial to all. Unfortunately the same people who approved the project earlier are trying to make a political issue out of the project.

jaflam said...

Salam Tokasid,
It is true any farm near the settlements should be prohibited. It’s a common sense but unfortunately the regulators that suppose to protect the Rakyat are not doing their job. I hope the era of looking after personal interest & wealth above Rakyat is over. With you all the way, save the environment and save the people.

mdsepang said...

salam to jaflam
i strongly agree with you that all the leaders and supporters of the setting up of the sepang mega pig farm (PR or BN) should go the affected kampungs and home-stay there every weekend right now. To get the real feel....man.

logically the modern mega farm should be controlled, monitored, located away and remote from mass human settlement. this mega farm is a time-bomb with je and nipah just like any nuclear plant mishap in the 'far developed countries'

it seem that all leaders new and ex (in power)does not want to listen to the lowly kampung folks but to win the heart of the pig farmers to stay in power...praise to them....

always listen to s'pore 'ahli fiqir' song - 'memang melayu'.......coming very soon....