Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Despite scarcity of land, Penang willing to consider applications for agicultural purposes - NST

GEORGE TOWN, WED: May 7, 2008 By : Audrey Dermawan

THE PENANG state government will consider applications from anyone keen on applying for unused land for agricultural purposes.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said those interested should submit their applications to the relevant land offices.

"Penang is well known for its scarcity of land, but we are willing to give due consideration to those keen on utilising unused land for agricultural purposes.

"We view this as an important way to increase food production and to solve the food woes," he said after receiving a courtesy call from the Federation of Association of Ex-students of Chinese Schools in Penang at his office in Komtar today.

The 24-member delegation was led by its president Loh Poh Lim.

Lim said the state government would seriously look into issuing temporary occupation licences (TOLs) for such purpose.

He was responding to a news report yesterday that the government plans to get states to issue more TOLs for agricultural purposes as one way to increase national food production.

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