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Go to DPM to protest on swiftlet nests farming

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Published on Apr 12, 2011

Tuesday 12 April, 2011, George Town World Heritage Inc.

"Ask protestors to protest to DPM regarding illegal swiftlet nests farming"

A group of protestors who claimed to be from the swiftlet nest farming industry protested on outside Komtar Walk on 8th March, 2011. Many of the people spotted at the protest are MCA members and familiar faces like Abdul Ghani.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng hits out at this protest and urged them to go to Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Bin Mohd. Yassin if they wish to protest. Last year, the DPM announced that the National Council for Local Government has decided that swiftlet nest farming would be prohibited in the Penang and Malacca heritage enclaves.

Some of the swiftlet nests farms in George Town are without proper licences and hence, the city council has to monitor and take appropriate action.

A reporter remarked that the Chinese media has mentioned that Dep. Agriculture Minister, Chua Tee Yong of MCA has defended the illegal swiftlet farming.

CM Lim then hits out at Chua. "Chua Tee Yong is lying." CM said there are proper minutes of meeting and directive from the DPM stating that all illegal swiftlet nests farming is to be stopped. CM asked , " Is he going to resign? (if it is proven that Chua is wrong because there is a directive )" CM further retorted that Chua is not qualified to comment about this because he is neither a minister nor state leader. He was also not invited to sit in the National Council of Local Government meeting.

CM also quoted Article 95A of the National Constitution of the National Council of Local Government directive. Under National Constitution article 95A, the provision of NCLG is binding on all state governments.

This issue of illegal swiftlet farming has been played up by the media for the Sarawak election. Swiftlet industry is a very big industry in Sarawak. CM pointed out that this is totally different because some of the farms in George Town are illegal and built without proper licence or approval from the local council.

Moreover, George Town is under the UNESCO World Heritage site and has received warning letter that such industry is not allowed. Therefore, Penang has been given two directives, one from UNESCO and one from the DPM.

In closing, CM Lim assured that the State Government understands and has given these swiftlets nest farming a three years 'grace period' since the directive was issued. Hence, the Penang State had called for public participation and engage them in drafting the Local Area Plan.

Members of the public can view the Draft Local Area Plan at three locations during working hours :

a) 2nd floor, Komtar
b) George Town World Heritage office
c) MPPP

There are forms for them to submit their feedback.

The Draft Plan is open for public viewing from 11th April, 2011 until 9 May, 2011

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