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. ST PHOTO: RAM ANAND
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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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