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Father’s Organic Farm Operator Takes Responsibility Although Landslide Didn’t Occur On Their Land

Father’s Organic Farm Operator Takes Responsibility Although Landslide Didn’t Occur On Their Land

The farm operator Frankie Tan also alleged that various government bodies told him there wasn’t a need to apply for a campsite license.

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The operator of Farmer’s Organic Farm, Frankie Tan, expressed deep sorrow for the victims and their families who were affected in the Batang Kali landslide incident that occurred on Friday, 16 December 2022.

Speaking to the media, Frankie apologised again and said they would not absolve themselves of responsibility although the landslide did not occur within their farm.

READ MORE: Father’s Organic Farm Expresses Sympathy And Condolence, Says Natural Disasters Are Inevitable

He promised that they would help the victims and their families in any way they can.

However, the landslide did not happen within our campsite but on another piece of land. The landslide area is government land, which is about 2 to 3km away from the farmland we leased. Plus, the landslide site was a large forest that had never been developed.

Father’s Organic Farm operator, Frankie Tan

Frankie also admitted that he’s facing tons of pressure from all sides such as assisting the search-and-rescue team and receiving vitriol from families who were suffering.

Some survivors and family members have cursed at me. I fully understand and all I can do now is to bow my head and let them vent their feelings.

Father’s Organic Farm operator, Frankie Tan

In addition, he thanked the rescue teams for assisting the rescue mission and a funeral service company for providing free funeral services to all the victims.

Utusan previously reported that the slope where the Batang Kali landslide occurred was listed among the critical locations identified by the Malaysian Department of Minerals and Geosciences (JMG) in September.

Frankie claimed that he never received any information or an official letter about the matter.

He also claimed that various government bodies, such as the Agriculture Department, told him that it wasn’t necessary for campsite operators to apply for site licenses because campsites aren’t permanent structures like hotels and there was no such license to apply, The Vibes reported.

It is not that we don’t want to apply (for a campsite permit) but there was no way for us to apply for one.

Father’s Organic Farm operator, Frankie Tan
The aftermath of the landslide in Batang Kali. Image: TRP File

Previously, Local Government Development Minister Nga Kor Ming said the campsite operated without a license from the Hulu Selangor District Council.

As such, the operators could face up to three years in jail and be fined a maximum of RM50,000.

However, state Tourism, Environment, Green Technology and Indigenous Affairs Committee chairman Hee Loy Sian refuted the allegations and reiterated that campsite operators do not need to apply for a license.

READ MORE: Minister Says Batang Kali Campsite Is Illegal, But State Exco Says It’s Not

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