Cameron Highland farmers to hold sit-in protest at Wisma Sri Pahang in May

C. Premananthini


KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 100 farmers from the Cameron Highlands will stage a sit-in protest at Wisma Sri Pahang on May 23 to demand the state government to give them permanent land titles.


The Land, House and Shop Committee (JTRG) of Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) representative B. Suresh said the farmers were at their wits' end waiting for the state government to solve their land issues.


Suresh claimed the farmer's temporary occupation licences (TOL) have not been renewed for two years by the state's Land and Mines Office.


He said the farmers, from Ringlet and Bertam Valley have been working hard on the lands since before Merdeka.


Numerous application for licences have been submitted over the years but have yet to be addressed by the Land and Mines Office.


"The land titles are ongoing problem. Over 10 years of negotiations but nothing from the state government. Because of this, 500 farmers are affected.


"In 2012, we have handed over a memorandum to Pahang Menteri Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob who promised to resolve the matter in six months.


"However, only one out of 20 list of issues was solved a year later. We are tired of waiting and are not interested in having anymore discussions.


"We (the farmers) want the state government to give us permanent land titles," he said at a press conference held at the party's headquarters in Brickfields today.


Suresh stressed that the sit-in protest would be a peaceful one and participants will remain in the building until Adnan provide an answer to their predicament.