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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Najib on 'panic visit' to Felda


Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak is purportedly on a mission – he will be visiting the settlers in Felda Serting and Felda Raja Alias tonight. He would also be attending a “buka puasa” event near the Bandar Baru Serting mosque.

According to Jempol PKR chief Karip Mohd Salleh, this was a panic visit to diffuse the anger among the settlers who sued the Felda management on Aug 9.

"I learnt from the settlers that Najib will be handing over a mock checque to their representative for their Hari Raya bonus. Up to now, he had no time to listen to their grouses. Suddenly he is projecting himself as a caring PM.

“But we, the Felda settlers, are not stupid to fall for such cheap antics. We won't withdraw our legal suit,” added Karip, who led the 766 settlers in filing the suit.

He had represented the settlers from Felda Serting Hilir Kompleks 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7 from Air Hitam, Jempol and also from Felda Raja Alias 1, 2, 3 and 4 from Serting, Jempol.

Karip said he expected Najib to make a sweet speech in an attempt to pacifiy the settlers but added that he would not be successful, especially with the latest bombshell dropped by the Federal Court.

The apex court had ruled today that Felda must pay RM11 million to the 354 Felda settlers from Felda Kemahang 3 in Kelantan.

Sivarasa's challenge

PKR vice-president R Sivarasa, who is representing the 766 settlers, said Najib must take this opportunity to advice Felda to stop shortchanging the settlers.

"If he is sincere, I challenge him to direct Felda to pay the settlers the actual oil palm extraction grade (Kadar Perahan Gred or KPG),” he said.

Meanwhile, PKR infomation chief Latheefa Koya described Najib's scheduled visit to Felda Serting as a desperate attempt to win back the settlers' support.

"Why all of sudden he wants to go to Serting when all this while he never had the time to listen to their complaints.

"What is Najib going to give the settlers as Hari Raya bonus is nothing to shout about as that money belongs to the Felda settlers,” she said.

courtesy of FMT

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