August 26, 2008


Malaysian politicians protest hi-tech pig farm project


Malaysian politicians have officially launched a memorandum protesting the location of a proposed RM 100 million (US$29.5 million) hi-tech pig farm.


The proposal against the farm project in Sepang has been sent to Mentri Besar (State Executive) Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.


The Malaysian Muslim Solidarity Movement (PPPIM) and the National Malay Unity Council, Malaysia (MMKMM) would also brief several Members of Parliament on why they wanted the 404.7ha site to be shifted to another location.


PPPIM chairman Datuk Zulkifli Mohamad said at a press conference the issue was about danger to public health and not a racial issue. Malaysia is dominated by the Muslim Malay who abhors pork while a sizable Chinese minority view it as an essential meat.  


Zulkifli said there is no guarantee that there is no danger to health just because it is a hi-tech pig farm.


According to The Star, Zulkifli said he would meet with Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Nazri Abd Aziz who would introduce him to other Members of Parliament.


He added that the memorandum would also be sent to all Muslim Members of Parliament for their views and comments.


Zulfikli also revealed that two Muslim-interest NGOs had organised a panel of lawyers to look into getting a court injunction to order all pig farmers in Sepang and a neighboring area to move the pig farm project to another location, preferably on an island.

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