KUALA LUMPUR: In a rare moment, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad interjected a former deputy minister who was speaking on the Felda White Paper, tabled in the lower house today.
Ahmad Maslan (BN-Pontian) was defending the previous administration’s track record in running the land development agency, telling the floor how Felda consistently generated profits from 2012 to 2017.
Ahmad said Felda Global Ventures Holdings (FGV), the agency’s commercial arm, had raked in profits of between RM400 million and RM1.5 billion during Barisan Nasional’s administration.
However, he said FGV suffered losses of RM1.04 billion after Pakatan Harapan took over the government.
He offered suggestions on how to revive the agency but as he spoke, Mahathir (PH-Langkawi) stood up to interject.
Ahmad immediately gave way, calling it a “historic day”.
Mahathir proceeded to speak, expressing awe over the “fairy tales” spewed out by Ahmad, and questioned why the proposals were not raised with Najib previously.
“Why did he not tell his ‘Bossku’ back then so that today, we would not have problems, and there would be no need for a White Paper? It would all be clean.
“But these crooks have left such a mess that we need to clean up. You say FGV generated billions in revenue. Show me where the money is,” he said.
Ahmad continued to defend the profits, saying they were real, and Mahathir could check it.