Felda settlers’ group wants FGV acting chairman sacked

felda-skgf-1KUALA LUMPUR: Suara Generasi Kedua Felda (Voice of Felda Second Generation – SGKF) has called for the sacking of Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGV) acting chairman Sulaiman Mahbob and the company’s board of directors.

SGKF adviser Zulkefli Nordin said Sulaiman and the board were continuing with the legacy of Isa Samad who resigned as FGV chairman on June 19 during a tussle with senior executives and was immediately appointed acting chairman of the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD).

Sulaiman was appointed acting chairman to replace Isa.

“In the beginning after he (Sulaiman) was appointed, I was fully confident he would make changes in FGV. But this has not happened.

“We are disappointed with what is happening in FGV now.

“When Tan Sri Shahrir Samad took over in Felda (as chairman from Isa), he made drastic changes. He cleared out the members of the Felda Investment Corporation (FIC) board.

“But this didn’t happen in FGV when the new chairman was appointed. He retained several directors who had a controversial history,” he said at a media conference today.

Commenting on the incentives for Felda settlers announced by Prime Minister Najib Razak, Zulkefli said they would not solve the settlers’ problems.

He said SGKF was disappointed that two major issues – the management of Felda and settlers’ debt statements – were not given emphasis by Najib in his announcement.

“If the issues of debt statements and plantation management are solved, the FGV issue is solved, Insya Allah, we will have overcome the fundamental problems,” he said.

Yesterday, Najib announced six incentives for Felda settlers, which included debt forgiveness, cash incentives, creation of a special fund, special grants and housing incentive.

The prime minister said 94,956 settlers who qualified would each receive a special incentive of RM5,000.

“All this is just a wow factor. Every year, there is a wow factor,” he said.

Zulkefli said the settlers would be more pleased if the government paid greater attention to improving management of the plantations.