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Group Urges Relocation of Hi Tech Pig Farm

by 5m Editor
21 July 2008, at 5:58am

MALAYSIA - An independent group has urged the Selangor government to relocate its controversial hi-tech pig farm project to an island.

Malaysian Muslim Solidarity Movement (MMSM) chairman Datuk Zulkifli Ahmad said the farm would pose a serious health hazard to some 20,000 residents in Tumbuk Estate in Sepang if the farm was relocated there, reports NST Online.

"The main problem is disease. By opening a pig farm in the area, you expose the people to many diseases such as Japanese Encephalitis," he said, adding that there were numerous types of diseases associated with pigs that would affect everyone.

Zulkifli said there were many islands off the peninsular which could serve as suitable sites for the pig farm.

"We have so many islands. We even have Pulau Babi (Pig island), so why not use that island?," he said referring to Pulau Besar off Mersing, Johor, formerly known as Pulau Babi Besar.

"Or maybe Pulau Ketam, (Port Klang), then there would not be a problem."

Zulkifli said they were working on a memorandum of protest against the farm's location, which he expected would be completed by the end of the month.

"We will then hand over the memorandum to the menteri besar (of Selangor, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim), who will have a month to reply.

"If he does not reply within that period, we will hold a protest outside his office," he said.

Meanwhile, as at press time numerous calls and SMSes for a reaction to the proposal by MMSM, sent to Abdul Khalid's phone, went unanswered.

View the NST Online story by clicking here.

5m Editor