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Father’s Organic Farm apologises over deadly landslide that hit its campsite

Social NewsFather's Organic Farm apologises over deadly landslide that hit its campsite

The management of Father’s Organic Farm expressed its deepest condolences to all victims and their families involved in the devastating landslide that struck the campsite on Friday (16 December).

In a statement on its Facebook page, Father’s Organic Farm expressed its deep sorrow for the tragedy.

“With heavy hearts, we sincerely sympathise with all the victims and families that were affected in the Batang Kali landslide tragedy, which happened on 16 December.”

“Disasters are faceless, love is with us! Our hearts are closely connected with you, may the deceased rest in peace, heartfelt and deepest condolences to the families; pray for the survivors and the injured for recovery, and please, continue to take care.”

“We also pay our tribute to all parties involved in the rescue. Once again, we humbly bow to everyone affected by this tragedy,” the management said.

At the same time, it has also changed its profile and cover picture to pure black.

Divided opinion from Malaysians

The announcement by Father’s Organic Farm has received a mixed reaction from netizens. While many netizens appreciated its message of condolences, some think that the management should be held responsible for the tragedy.

“Nobody wants a natural disaster… the management did not wanted this kind of tragedy to happen,” a netizen said.

“This is disaster and unexpected incident. Deep condolence for victim’s families and may Allah ease the rescue team,” another netizen said.

On the other hand, some said could not accept the ‘unexpected landslide’ as setting up a campsite there is like a ticking bomb.

“The operators here without license need to be responsible. Justice for the innocent victims,” a netizen commented.

“No apology is enough for the victims, justice should be served after rescues operation settle down,” another netizen said.

Source: Twitter

Campsite not licensed, but it was not under any jurisdiction

Earlier, Local Government Development Minister Nga Kor Ming said that the company operating a campsite at Batang Kali were operating without licenses and the Hulu Selangor Municipal Council only granted permission to operate as an organic farm.

However, state Tourism, Environment, Green Technology and Indigenous Affairs Committee chairman Hee Loy Sian pointed out that there are currently no regulations to control campsites as they are not permanent structures.

In addition, he said that the location where the crisis occurred is private land that has obtained a development permit (KM) from the local council.

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