Crime & Courts

[UPDATED] Court bins 131 durian farmers' bid to maintain Raub orchards

PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal today denied 131 Musang King durian farmers their application to maintain their orchards in Raub, pending the disposal of their eviction notices appeal.

Judge Datuk Lee Swee Seng dismissed the application after hearing lengthy submissions from the farmers' lawyers and the state government.

Lee ruled that there should be no destruction of structures on the land without court permission.

The Pahang Agricultural Development Corporation was also ordered to maintain the trees by fertilising, watering and harvesting the fruits.

Meanwhile, Save Musang King Alliance (Samka), a group comprising durian farmers without permits in Raub, said they are currently considering filing an appeal against the decision before a three-member bench Court of Appeal.

On April 24, the Kuantan High Court dismissed the judicial review applications brought by the farmers on the grounds that the state authorities' decisions were not tainted by illegality, irrationality or mala fide.

Judge Datuk Mohd Radzli Harun said there was no impropriety or unreasonableness in the decision and the decision-making process with the issued eviction notices.

The group is appealing the judgement.

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