TANAH RATA: Efforts are under way to return Cameron Highlands to its former glory.
To be a world renowned holiday resort again, strict enforcement of the law to protect and preserve the highlands is required, says Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
He said short and long-term plans had been discussed with various ministries and departments to tackle the problems besetting Cameron Highlands.
“All agreed that what is important is enforcement, enforcement, enforcement, enforcement,” the Deputy Prime Minister told reporters at the District and Land Office here yesterday.
“We have decided that all parties continuously enforce the law under their respective jurisdiction, whether it involves land encroachment, environmental management or action against illegal immigrants.”
Muhyiddin said Cameron Highlands was meant to have only up to 2,500ha of farmland, but it now had over 8,600ha.
Here for a one-day visit, Muhyiddin chaired the Cameron Highlands flash floods and landslides special meeting for a third time.
He later viewed a plot of illegally cleared land in Habu and the heavily silted Sultan Abu Bakar Dam.
Focusing on the illegal immigrants here, Muhyiddin said the Government would not allow them to work or clear land illegally.
If there was not enough space to keep illegals, a suitable place would be set up to hold them before they were charged and deported, he said.
He added that there was no excuse for anyone to hire illegal immigrants and that action would be taken against employers who did.
Asked about Rohingya refugees who might be in Cameron Highlands s in large numbers, Muhyiddin said that they should not be working or living here. “And, the Government will bring the matter up with the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees.”
He also said that proof was needed of corruption within the state and local governments.
“Don’t just make accusations … If the public has information, report it to the MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission),” he added.
He said no new Temporary Occupation Licences should be issued and land clearing, completely stopped.
Muhyiddin said District and Land Office personnel should report to the police if they faced threats to their safety.
Muhyiddin said the Government was serious in its efforts to clean up the highlands, and understood that there were some who were critical about this.source by : http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/11/25/DPM-Camerons-will-be-a-famous-resort-again/