Malaysian states told to set up pig farm zones
Malaysian natural resources and environment minister
Datuk Seri Azmi Khalid has said that state governments should speed up the
process of allocating areas for pig farming.
He said a directive had already been issued to the states and although no
deadline was imposed, the authorities should not wait forever to create
"We have told the state governments to ensure pig farming is
conducted in a controlled and systematic environment to avoid
Azmi was commenting on complaints by
residents in Sungai Tuang in Masjid Tanah, Malacca, on pig rearing activities
which they claimed had polluted the environment in the area.
farmers refuse to relocate to enable a more efficient farming system, then we
suggest that action be taken to close down the farms as this is the only way to
prevent further pollution," he said.
Azmi also warned 'irresponsible parties' against using pig
farming as a racial issue to gain support.
"No one has the right to
turn environmental matters into racial issues. Political parties should not take
advantage of an environmental crisis to gain support. If they want to help the
people, then they should ensure that the environment is clean and there is no
pollution," Azmi said.
"We also do not want pig farming to be turned
into a racial issue. That is not right, especially when diseases do not choose
victims according to race and religion. It can hit anybody and everybody," he
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