Several durian farmers in Raub, Pahang, have taken to cutting down their own fruit trees in protest of the impending takeover of their land. Hundreds of durian growers in the region were dissatisfied after they were accused of illegally occupying land owned by the state government.
According to New Straits Times, the farmers received a warning from the Raub land office on 24 July to vacate their plantations within 30 days, or the authorities would take action and clear the land.
The state government cited growing concerns of deforestation of state-owned land to cultivate Musang King durian trees and awarded 5,357 acres of land to Royal Pahang Durian Group (RPDG) and Perbadanan Kemajuan Pertanian Negeri Pahang (PKPP) to audit and regulate the industry.
A protest was held in hopes that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, who is also the sultan of Pahang, could help intervene in the land dispute.