Defiant pig farmers block ops to cull pigs in Melaka

Scores of pig farmers in Alor Gajah, Melaka put up road blocks this morning to deny the police access to their farms and cull their pigs. A team of veterinarians, department of environment officers, health ministry officers and other relevant local authorities were also stopped from entering the pig-farming area.

 

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Despite repeated stern warnings, the pig farmers continued to breed more pigs than they were allowed to under the law. The Melaka State Government permits only 48,000 pigs to be reared but it is believed that the farmers in the area were rearing over 150,000 pigs. It is believed that Singaporean investors are behind the pig farmers. (The Chinese-majority Singapore Government bans pig rearing in the republic). The area is the largest illegal pig-farming commune in the country.

The pig farmers seemed to have the sympathy of DAP and PKR, whose representatives were seen with them at the road blocks. Neighbouring villagers have expressed fear that the presence of the Opposition parties could turn the matter into a racial issue.

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Even after FRU was called in, the pig farmers refused to disperse and almost created an ugly incident. The 12-hour stand-off led to the Melaka State Government to rescind the pig-culling instructions without any explanation in the evening. The State Secretary was not available for comments, for the culling operation which saw over 2,000 authorities personnel in bio-hazard gear assembled at the Alor Gajah Town Council as early as 4.30 am this morning.

The local residents near by the concentrated pig-farming area had been complaining of the unbearable stench and pollutions created from this illegal over-breeding activities for years. However, after much complaints, nothing concrete has been taken by authorities until this morning when the culling order was issued after notices issued to reduce the number of pigs to the allowable quantity were blatantly ignored and unheeded by the pig-farmers.

This state of lawlessness demonstrated by the Paya Mengkuang and Bukit Beruang pig farmers clearly demonstrated their absolute disregard for other peoples’ well being. The pollution created from the illegal over-breeding of pigs have reached catastrophic proportions. Perhaps they have conveniently forgotten the ‘Kampung Nipah & Bukit Pelanduk JE’ incident that killed 63 people, including children, eight years ago due to pig-rearing unhygienic practices.

*An update as at Monday morning, 5 Sept 2007. This is what The Star and Utusan Malaysia reported.

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Tun Dr. Mahathir goes under the knife, today

At six am today, former Prime Minister and Bapa Perindustrian Malaysia Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad will be lightly sedated and wheeled into the operation theatre at IJN for his second multiple heart by-pass. The first time he had this risky surgery was 18 years ago, also by the same surgeon, Tan Sri Mr. Yahya Awang.

Tan Sri Mr. Yahya, a member of the illustrious Fellow Royal College of Surgeons, Glasgow is an eminent cardiothoracic surgeon and was the former Director and Head of Surgery, IJN. He will be assisted by a team of surgeons and doctors, which include Dr. Hartzel Schaff, the eminent Head of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the infamous Mayo Clinic, in the US. Dr. Schaff have had extensive experience with elder heart by-pass patients, which include second by-pass.

When I spoke to Dato’ Mukhriz this afternoon, he said Tun Dr. Mahathir decided to undertake this ‘re-do’ heart by-pass two weeks ago, after going a series of test which include an angiogram. He consulted the surgeons and cardiologists thoroughly and convinced and satisfied with their explanations and plan how to resolve the necessary issues, to make him better.

Although the risk is double now, due to his age compared to the first time he had this done 18 years ago, however the surgeons have a very high confidence of gaining success, taking everything into consideration. Earlier this morning, they did an endoscopy so that he is cleared from any digestive problems, an effort to minimize complications during post surgery recovery.

Dato’ Mukhriz also said his father was in very high spirit and he enjoyed the company of his family, like any other day. His sheer determination clearly illustrate his zesty attitude to make the best of his life, to the fullest.

Last night (Monday), special prayers (sembahyang hajat and yasin recital) were held in many mosques, all over the country. At the Masjid Jame’, Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur about 350 people turned up in pouring torrential rain to offer prayers for the elder statesman.

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Same prayers also were held and offered in Segambut, Petaling Jaya, Kubang Pasu, Sungai Petani, Langkawi, Simpang Renggam, Pulai, Johor Bahru and include far away places like Sandakan. So many ordinary rakyat showed their love for a man who had done so much for this country and changed the lives of the majority of Malaysians.

Girl-girl, my eleven year old “Rabbit” darling daughter also posted a special tribute for a statesman, “My memories with Tun Dr. Mahathir“, someone she always fondly thought of.

May God al Mighty bless Tun Dr. Mahathir for this risky open heart surgery, provide guidance and make the surgeons’ job easier, provide strength for his family, especially Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah Mohd. Ali, the loving wife of 51 years and Dato’ Marina, En. Mirzan, Dato’ Mokhzani and Dato’ Mukhriz and their respective spouses and children.

May God al Mighty show what is the best for everyone. InsyaAllah.

*This is what the local newspapers had to say about Tun Dr. Mahathir’s surgery, NST, The Star and Utusan.

* An update from IJN as of 9.00am, Tuesday 4 Sept 2007. The cardiologist safely installed a stent device in one of the arteries. The family just met him briefly and he will be wheeled into the operation theatre for the open heart by-pass surgery at 0930am.

Correction: A pre-Op procedure was carried out. This was confirmed by Sufi Yusoff, PA to Tun Dr. Mahathir

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*An update as of 2.45pm. Deputy Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak and wife arrived in IJB to pay a visit at Tun Dr. Mahathir

*An update as of 3.45pm. Tun Dr. Mahathir is already out of surgery and now in ICU. We are waiting for an official statement to be issued by the family or his private officer/s

*An update as of 5.50pm. The official media statement, released by Tun Dr. Mahathir’s PA, Sufi Yusoff

MEDIA STATEMENT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Institut Jantung Negara, 4 September…

 

 

YABhg Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad has successfully undergone coronary bypass surgery at the Institut Jantung Negara (IJN) today.

 

Currently Tun Dr Mahathir is warded at the Intensive Care Unit of the IJN where his condition will be observed for the next few days as is routine in post-bypass surgery. The next 48-hours is the crucial period in his post operative care and hence he will be under close observation in Intensive Care Unit by a team of doctors and nurses. Overnight, he will be fully sedated.

 

Earlier, Tun Dr Mahathir was taken into the Operation Theatre Complex at 8.45am where immediate family members were allowed to see him before he was brought into the Operating Theatre. The operation commenced at 9.40am and was completed at 3.05pm. He was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit at 3.30pm.

 

Doctors are happy that the procedure progressed as anticipated and his vital parameters thus far are stable.

 

Tun Dr Mahathir was operated on by a panel of surgeons led by Tan Sri Dr Yahya Awang. The other members of the surgical team are Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery of the Mayo Clinic, Prof Dr Hartzell Schaff, Dato Dr Rozali Wathooth, Dato Dr Azhari Yakub, Dato Dr Venugopal Balchand and Dr Mohamed Ezani Mohd Taib.

 

The anaesthetic team led by Dato Dr Mohd Hassan Mohd Ariff included Dr Sharifah Suraya Syed Tahir, Dato Dr Syed Abdul Aziz Syed Zain and Dr Nor Azlina Abdul Jalil.

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IJN media statement, 4th September 2007. pg 2

 

The panel of doctors is headed by IJN’s Medical Director, YBhg Dato Seri Dr. Robaayah Zambahari and includes consultant nephrologists Dato Dr Zaki Morad Mohd Zaher, Dr Ghazali Ahmad and consultant gastroenterologist, Dr S Ganeshanathan.

 

Tun Dr Mahathir had been admitted to Institut Jantung Negara on Sunday for the elective coronary bypass surgery.

 

IJN will continue to issue updates as and when there is significant change in Tun Dr Mahathir’s condition. Doctors have also advised against Tun Dr Mahathir receiving visitors apart from immediate family members.

-ENDS-

 

For media enquiries please contact Sufi Yusoff

* This is the story about Tun Dr. Mahathir’s coronary by-pass surgery @ Bernama.com

*This is what Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir told Bernama.com as of 2.00am, Wednesday 5 Sept 2007

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