Najib Announces Over RM128.2 Million Allocation For Felda Youth Development

By Monday November 17th, 2008 No Comments

PUTRAJAYA, Nov 17 (Bernama) — Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today announced over RM128.2 million in allocation to implement various programmes aimed at empowering Felda youths.

The deputy prime minister said the programmes would be implemented next year, with RM35 million allocated for training purposes.

This would enable about 5,000 Felda youths to undergo skills training in various fields, including 300 of them who would become aviation engineers, he said.

“The move is to enable them to succeed in all fields not only in the country but also at the international level.

“This is the vision for all Felda youths; it’s no longer about them being scrawny and haggard because of drug abuse. It is about them being successful and become a role model for others,” he said at the Felda Youth Award presentation at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre, here.

Present were Najib’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, and Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

Najib, who is finance minister, also said that Felda was also allocating RM17 million to finance the education of Felda settlers’ children who excelled in their studies.

“The allocation is for 36 students who are currently pursuing studies abroad, including two at the United World College in Wales, and 69 students currently taking A-Level at several local institutions,” he said.

In the effort to forge a new identity for its young, Felda had also allocated RM540,000 to implement various self-improvement courses, RM450,000 to empower Felda youth associations and RM200,000 to implement entrepreneurship programmes for graduates, he added.

To cater for the housing needs of the second and third generation of settlers, Felda would implement housing projects worth RM65 million in Felda Pasak, Felda Jengka 11 and Felda Triang 3, next year, he said.

He said that the smart partnership between Felda and the Youth and Sports Ministry should be enhanced.

Existing sporting facilities such as community sports complexes, multipurpose halls and courts for sepak takraw, badminton, volleyball and futsal in each 317 Felda settlement should be utilised fully, he said.

Felda would also introduce attractive incentives to encourage youths to work in plantations in their respective settlements.

Najib said that the Felda edible garden programme would also be mobilised in a big way not only to optimise land utilisation but also to provide additional income to the settlers.

“The new programme will be implemented by end of this year with RM10 million allocation. We hope it will contribute to the mass production of vegetables to the cater to the country’s needs,” he said.

Source : Bernama

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