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Pending judicial review

Malaysian durian growers win reprieve as court halts eviction

The Kuantan High Court ordered authorities to suspend all enforcement and eviction measures against a group of durian farmers in Raub until their application for judicial review is decided.

The Save Musang King Alliance (Samka), a coalition of durian farmers in Raub who sought the judicial review, disclosed their application and related court decision in a statement today.

“This order is a minor victory for the durian farmers, durian farmers who have shown solidarity and courage against the oppression by large companies and the government,” the group said in a statement.

Samka applauded the decision, saying it meant they would continue to have access to their plants until the courts decide the matter. The group went on to accuse the Pahang state government of reneging on its earlier promise not to proceed with the evictions and of conspiring with businesses.

'Modern slavery'
Samka is locked in a dispute with the Royal Pahang Durian Resources-PKPP Sdn Bhd (RPDR-PKPP) joint venture that it previously claimed was locking smallholders into “modern slavery” through contractual agreements.

It alleged durian farmers were offered an “exploitative and unequal” contract by RPDR-PKPP after the Pahang state government announced that the land they were occupying without permit would be leased to this company to “legalise” the land. reports that the hearing for their application is on October 28.

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