Hundreds of farmers and fishers are facing eviction across Malaysia due to outdated land laws that are open to abuse and corruption. State governments have complete control over its land deals, and there is currently zero transparency or accountability required by law.
Allow affected farmers to continue farming
Lawan Lapar calls for an equitable settlement where the government acquires and gazettes the affected land as permanent food production land and in turn charge the farmers rent based on market value.
Reforming Malaysia’s land laws
Information on all state land transactions must be made publicly available, and temporary occupation licences must be awarded for a minimum of 5 years to allow for the wellbeing of farmers and for Malaysians as a whole.
Promoting organic urban and small scale farming
Lawan Lapar seeks to promote a culture of urban farming within low-cost housing communities in Kuala Lumpur and other urban centres as a solution to growing food insecurity and malnourishment in cities in Malaysia.
Lawan Lapar is a collaborative project by Yayasan Chow Kit, Undi18, and The Fourth, with support from the Bertha Foundation.
The campaign is being spearheaded by Undi 18 co-founder Tharma Pillai, and The Fourth co-founder Ian Yee.