The state government advised all government-linked companies (GLCs) and statutory bodies in Perak to ensure that there aren’t any abandoned lands in the state.
Thus, Perak Menteri Besar, Dato’ Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu welcomed a proposal that suggested government or GLC-owned lands to be rented out for those whose income sources were badly affected.
According to him, it is in line with the command of HRH Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah, to make Perak one of the main providers of national food security.
“This also opens up job opportunities for those who’ve lost their jobs due to COVID-19 to gain some income in the agriculture sector,” Faizal said while answering to the state assemblyman of Malim Nawar, Leong Cheok Keng’s query during the Perak State Legislative Assembly sitting today (October 27).
Earlier, Leong questioned the state government if they’re ready to consider a suggestion from farmers under the Malim Nawar constituency to lease the lands out for agricultural purposes.
Faizal added that the Perak Housing and Property Board (LPHP), Menteri Besar Incorporated (MB Inc) and other GLCs in the state are open to suggestions should sites applied be not under any commitments or are yet to be fit for cultivation.
He mentioned that farmers or anyone who takes an interest may submit a written application to related GLCs.
“The state government, along with committed agencies and departments are committed to make this agenda a success,” Faizal expressed.
“Not only we’re ready to aid in the aspect of land rental, but we’re also offering technical advice, market opportunities and relevant courses to pave the way for more successful agricultural entrepreneurs in Perak,” he stressed.