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Look who is talking. Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo, the ex-Mentri Besar of Selangor is a man noted for clearing land and making it barren to facilitate development. He did this beautifully in Selangor and the devastation is an eye-full for visitors to Kuala Lumpur. Remember, even Badawi, the Prime Minister chastised him for clearing land indiscriminately while on an inspection tour by helicopter over Kuala Lumpur. He is a tyrant who did away with green lungs in Kuala Lumpur and should not talk of agriculture.

KUALA LUMPUR, May 3 (Bernama) — A mega project in the form of agricultural infrastructure should be developed in Sabah as a means to overcome hardcore poverty, said Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo.
The former Selangor menteri besar said the available infrastructure in Sabah needed to be identified so that it could be used as a catalyst to develop agricultural activities in the state.
This, he said, could help increase productivity and improve the standard of living.
“The current poverty will become more severe the next time there is an increase in the price of essential food items like rice, sugar and flour.
“Sabah is only able to produce 30 per cent of its population’s rice consumption.
“With the increase of between 40 and 50 per cent on the cost of rice, its hardcore poor would have to severely cut down on their intake,” said Dr Mohd Khir in his blog entry at http://www.drkhir.com
The Umno Supreme Council member, who visited Sabah recently, noted that the irrigation systems in the Kota Belud padi fields left a lot to be desired as compared to the Barat Laut project in Selangor.
Dr Mohd Khir, who was a government dentist in Sandakan (Sabah) from 1990-1991, said although the people of Sabah were hardworking, they were unable to increase their agricultural produce and income because the current infrastructure was unsuitable.

Overcome Hardcore Poverty By Developing Agriculture Sector – Dr Khir :: Bernama.com

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