RM34 million to resume work on second-generation Felcra houses

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PASIR SALAK: The federal government has made a initial allocation of RM34 million to resume the construction of houses for second-generation rubber smallholders in Felcra schemes

Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali said the houses affected were 675 units of Felcra second-generation houses in five locations, including Pekan (140 units) and Bera, Pahang, and Sukau (123 units) and in Kinabatangan, Sabah

He said that a total of RM73 million was needed but after discussions in the Cabinet, the government agreed to approve RM34 million for the preliminary stage.

Azmin said he would work to settle an outstanding RM21 million payment to Koperasi Peserta Felcra.

He urged the management of Felcra (the federal land consolidation and rehabilitation agency) to give priority to creating co-operative plantations “in line with shared prosperity”.

He also suggested that Felcra diversify away from rubber when replanting, and instead use part of the land for cash crops such as pineapples, which are in high demand.