Shahrir: Anti-graft plan by NGOs only ‘syok sendiri’

Tan-Sri-Shahrir-Samad,-Anak,-HisbahPUTRAJAYA: Felda today dismissed as “syok sendiri” the joint action plan to eradicate corruption in the federal land development agency by the National Association for Felda Settlers’ Children (Anak) and Hisbah Centre for Reform (Hisbah).

Felda chairman Shahrir Samad said the two NGOs could not be more effective than the current joint effort by Felda and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

“The action of the NGOs is just for fun and ‘syok sendiri’.

“They aim to attract media attention and the media have duly reported it,” he told FMT.

“Felda had very early on implemented ways to tackle corruption. Is the cooperation of these two NGOs better than what we currently have done?”

Shahrir was asked to comment on an agreement signed yesterday by Anak chairman Mazlan Aliman, who is also a member of opposition Amanah’s national committee, and Hisbah chairman and ex-senator Ezam Md Nor.

The NGOs plan to launch a campaign on May 21 to expose and build awareness of corruption within Felda, beginning with Felda settlements in the Pekan parliamentary constituency in Pahang, which has Prime Minister Najib Razak as the MP.

“We have chosen Pekan because the prime minister is the person responsible for the operations of Felda, and should prove his commitment to fighting corruption in the agency.

“We will take the campaign to other Felda areas later,” said Mazlan.

There are at least 115 Felda land settlements in Pahang alone.

Najib appointed Shahrir as Felda chairman on Jan 6, replacing Isa Samad whose term of office expired.

Soon after Shahrir took office, an ex-deputy director and an ex-general manager of Felda were arrested and charged in the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court on charges of criminal breach of trust involving RM47.6 million.