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Pahang firm on decision not to develop highland

KUANTAN, 7 Jan 2009: The Pahang government is firm on its decision not to develop any project on highlands for fear of untoward incidents like a landslide.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said although there were ongoing projects on highlands in the state, they would adhere to the National Land Council’s (MTN) regulations.

“The Pahang government will not develop any project on highlands unless they are approved by law. After the landslide in Bukit Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur, we should be more careful,” he told reporters after chairing the weekly state executive council meeting, here today.

Adnan was commenting on a recent news report in a Malay daily entitled Teruskan Projek Tanah Tinggi, which he claimed was not true.

On other developments, Adnan refuted remarks by Pakatan Rakyat Advisor, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, that the MTN, chaired by Datuk Seri Najib Razak, had deterred the Perak government from giving permanent land titles to residents of the new and planned villages in the state.

He said Anwar made this accusation at a ceramah in Kuala Terengganu yesterday while campaigning for the Kuala Terengganu by-election which will be held on 17 Jan. — Bernama


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