Wednesday, December 8, 2010
峇哥地主，無語問蒼天！ the Bako land owners' dilemma
this is the story of 58 years old Mohamad bin Matsah, who has just retired, and is thinking of utilized a piece of land from his father, 80 years old Matsah bin Naser, planting some coconut trees, fruit trees, doing some gardening for vegetables. living a simple life is OK for him and his wife when they were old. but this "Big Plan" is tarnished by a small piece of letter in August this year, telling them that, their piece of 2.36 acres land, is being acquired for "development" purpose. from the amount of compensation, they really don't expect to get another piece of land, needless to mention the same size, just to get hold of a foothold is very difficult for them. no wander they have to react in such a way, as if giving up hope for any plan of their retirement.
there is a duck farm just beside the main road leading from Kuching town to Kampong Bako. a Taiwan graduate came back home many years ago, thinking of great plan for his duck farm, may be developing into one of those biggest in the state, not to mention dreaming of the biggest in the country. dream you can, with most enthusiastic consideration, especially by the encouragement of so called "venturing into agriculture" for the benefit of the country and its people. but his dream is literally "shattered" by the same piece of paper, telling him to step aside for "development". with the compensation enough to buy a few thousand of ducks anywhere he choose to breed them. he has no choice, but to leave....