PEKAN: Felda settlers should disregard the Opposition for trying to stir dissent by arguing that the listing of Felda Global Ventures Holdings (FGVH) will be to their detriment, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
“Have no fear because it (the listing) will bring a windfall for the people of Felda,” he said when opening the Al-Wardah Pahang Welfare and Education Club general meeting at Felda Chini Timur here yesterday.
Najib assured the settlers that they would get higher earnings while enjoying the current perks and benefits such as bonus, Hari Raya cash tokens and loans for house renovation.
“As I said when tabling Budget 2012, Felda settlers will enjoy a windfall. I will announce the quantum to be received by each individual following the listing at an appropriate time and it may be more than RM500,” he said.
He described the Opposition’s argument as a political game because it envied Barisan Nasional for being able to achieve what it set out to do, which would then be welcomed by the Felda community.
He said FGVH’s listing was further evidence of the Government’s concern for the welfare of Felda settlers.
He also expressed appreciation for the pledge of loyalty by 5,000 Al-Wardah Pahang Foundation members, led by its board chairman Norwati Ishak.
At the launch of the Kampung Padang integrated housing project here, Najib said, since becoming Prime Minister, he had always been open to all manner of new ideas, which resulted in the implementation of various government policies.
“A benchmark for any government’s authority is its contestation of ideas. It means whether our ideas are better than the competitor,” he said, adding that the free housing project for needy folks was an example born from these exchange of ideas.
“The Government has proven that it still receives support from the people although we are living in a world with unpredictable situations.
“In Malaysia, the people are satisfied because the Government is always undergoing renewal and transformation which are acceptable to everyone,” he said before presenting mock keys to the 50 participants.
The housing project was built with the cooperation of the Federal and state governments, with the full support of the private sector.
Source : The Star