JITRA: Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) chairman Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad said he agreed to be appointed to the post because Felda is unique and not found in other countries.
He said Felda was also established by past leaders solely to develop the community, especially the Malays in improving their living standards.
“I did not ask for this position but I cannot refuse because Felda is unique and is not found in other countries.
“It is only in Malaysia and now many countries are asking us how to establish this institution in their country because of its success,” he said when opening the Kubang Pasu Umno division conference here today.
Also present were Kubang Pasu Umno division chief, Datuk Seri Mohd Johari Baharum and former Kedah Menteri Besar Tan Sri Osman Aroff.
He said Umno through the prime minister at that time, Tun Abdul Razak Hussein had established Felda and the people had to safeguard what had been built by the past leaders.
“We should strengthen further the foundation that has been built and not aspire to dominate the country for the sake of revenge, lust and political ambitions,” he said.
Shahrir, who is also Barisan National Backbenchers Club (BNBBC) chairman and Johor Bahru Member of Parliament said the success of Malaysia should be a pride of the people, who must safeguard it. – Bernama