Pig farm plan stirs protests in Malaysia
A plan to build a major pig farm outside Malaysia's
largest city has triggered protests by some Muslim residents whose religion
prohibits the consumption of pork.
Yesterday, about 200 people carrying banners staged a demonstration outside
the Selangor state government's office and handed a protest note to
"We are worried that the number of pigs will increase and the environment
will be polluted with the stench of pig waste," a protester was quoted as
Prominent newspapers also published a number of letters from angry
Background to the protests was the surprise announcement last
week that a MYR100m (USD32 million) pig farm by early next year would be opened
on the state's outskirts near Kuala Lumpur.
The state's chief minister, Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, is a Muslim, but he is part
of a multiethnic opposition alliance that took control of five state
legislatures, including Selangor, in last month's general elections.
Even though Malaysia is one of Southeast Asia's biggest pork producers, the
subject of pork consumption remains sensitive. The industry is mainly run by the
Abdul Khalid, chief minister, defended the plan, saying it would be
environmentally safe and provide a centralised venue for all pig rearing in
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