Monday, January 3, 2011

Swiftlet farms ordered to move out of heritage site

GEORGE TOWN: The state government has ordered unregistered swiftlet farms within the George Town Unesco Heritage site to move out by Saturday or face action. State Local Government and Traffic Management Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the operators would be fined if they refused to have the birds’ nests removed from the farms.

“If we allow this, more farms may be set up and we will be having heritage buildings that are empty inside except for birds and their nests,” he said here yesterday. Chow said the state believed there were around 32 new or unregistered swiftlet farms within the core zone. “We will issue compounds of RM250 against the new and unregistered farms from Jan 1 if they refuse to move out. “We will also take them to court,” he said.
He added that the move was in accordance with the new swiftlets farming guidelines approved by the National Council for Local Go­­vernment which was chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister.

“The council also decided that swiftlet farming activities are not allowed within Unesco Heritage sites in Malacca and George Town,” he said. To date, Chow said there were 129 registered swiftlet farm operators on the island with 78 located within the heritage zone.

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