Felda: Not true that we never gave settlers debt statements

KUALA LUMPUR: The Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) has rubbished claims by settlers in a replanting programme that the management failed to furnish them with debt statements.

Responding to a recent RTM news report, Felda said the debt statements were divided into the interim debt statement and the “locked-in” debt statement which are issued on a quarterly basis.

The interim debt statement is issued by the programme management and given to settlers to review while the “locked-in” debt statement is issued by the Felda headquarters and distributed by the programme management.

The interim debt statement covers eight years of the replanting programme. After the ninth year, and after an agreement has been reached between the replanting committee members (who are settlers involved in the scheme) and the Felda programme management, the debt is finalised.

In a statement to Bernama, Felda added that of the 112,635 settlers, 62% were involved in the replanting programme, with 50% receiving the interim debt statement as they had yet to complete the eight-year replanting period.

Despite talks, just 18% of the settlers had agreed to finalise their debt, Felda said. It added that settlers who had finalised their debts had been receiving their statements since December 2016.