Anak calls for RCI to probe Felda

Mazlan-Aliman-felda1PETALING JAYA: Persatuan Anak Peneroka Felda Kebangsaan (Anak) today called for the establishment of a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) to investigate allegations of wrongdoings at Felda.

Mazlan Aliman, who is president of the NGO which represents the second and third generations of Felda settlers, said a RCI was appropriate since the government had already set up one to “dig up” the foreign exchange trading scandal that occurred during the premiership of Dr Mahathir Mohamad over 20 years ago.

“I urge the government to set up the RCI quickly since the Felda issue involves 112,635 settlers who have to bear the consequences,” he said.

He said the Felda issue must not be covered up since it had become a hot topic of discussion.

Mazlan also said he supported any decision by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to prosecute the individuals involved in buying a four-star hotel in Kensington, London, at a price far exceeding the original value in 2014.

MACC last week launched a probe into Felda Investment Corporation’s (FIC) purchase of the 62-room hotel for RM330 million, which allegedly resulted in a loss of millions of ringgit for the Felda subsidiary.

Anti-corruption officers had taken a number of documents related to the deal from FIC’s office at Balai Felda.

Mazlan said there had been too many allegations of irregularities and abuse of power at Felda and its listed subsidiary Felda Global Ventures Holdings (FGV) Bhd and other companies since 2012.

“All these scandals happened during the time when Tan Sri Isa Samad was chairman of Felda and FGV,” he said.

Mazlan also urged MACC to re-look the purchase of a 198-unit apartment block in London in 2013 at a price of RM538 million which was allegedly much higher than its market value at the time.

“Like the Kensington hotel, the deal for the apartment block at Bayswater had also been reported to MACC,” he said.