Royalty and farmers tussle over Malaysia's famous Musang King durians

The hills beyond Sungai Klau where the Musang King durians are planted at high altitude.
The hills beyond Sungai Klau where the Musang King durians are planted at high altitude.ST PHOTO: RAM ANAND

RAUB, PAHANG - At foothills deep in the interior of Malaysia's Pahang state, a bitter tussle is pitting a large group of unlicensed farmers and a new company owned by Pahang royalty over the country's famous Musang King durians.

The 1,000 or so farmers are mostly ethnic Chinese who have been planting durian trees in Raub, a two-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur, for the past four to five decades by clearing government-owned forest land.

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