Pahang MB advises Raub durian farmers to reconsider decision to file judicial review

KUANTAN: The Pahang government advised the group of Raub durian farmers who filed a judicial review application against an eviction notice at the Kuantan High Court three years ago, to reconsider their action.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail said farmers should reconsider to continue or withdraw their application for a judicial review.

"As the Menteri Besar for the unity government comprising Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan, I advise the Musang King farmers in Sungai Ruan, Sungai Chalit, Sungai Klau and Tranum who are involved with the judicial review application at the Kuantan High Court to consider if they should continue with the review bid.

"The Pahang government is in view that the disputed land is owned by the state government whereby under the Torrens system (of which our National Land Code 1965 is grounded) where its ownership cannot be denied (indefeasibility of title) even in the context of equity," he said in a posting on his Facebook page today.

Wan Rosdy said he hoped that the farmers involved would be able to act maturely for the common good.

In Aug 2020, some 200 durian planters in Raub filed to obtain permission for a judicial review at the Kuantan High Court against a Pahang government order and decision for them to vacate their farms.

They filed the application by naming six respondents, namely the Raub District Land Administrator, Pahang Forestry director, state authorities, Pahang state government, Pahang State Agricultural Development Corporation (PKPP) and Royal Durian Resources PKPP Sdn Bhd.

In Dec 2020, the Kuantan High Court dismissed the farmers leave applications, ruling that they had no locus standi to file the legal action.

On Sept 9, 2021, the Court of Appeal allowed an appeal by the group of farmers against the Kuantan High Court's dismissal of their leave applications for a judicial review.

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