BERA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said Felda is among the country’s success stories that have not being carried out by any other countries in the world.
Najib said even though many countries tried to emulate the modules being implemented by the government, they were unable to do what Barisan Nasional (BN) had done since Felda was established in 1956 until now.
“I know many countries from Africa as well as other places sent delegation after delegation to the country…all their leaders went back and said they wanted to follow Felda’s example and there are also countries that we sent our troops to help the countries concerned implement it.
“But not one is capable of implementing what we have done relating to the development of Felda, which I need not explain…maybe a lot of factors (contributed to the success) but the most crucial one is the commitment of the leadership starting from the late Tun Abdul Razak,” he said.
He was speaking at the launch of the new model housing lots for Felda second generation settlers at Felda Kumai, in conjunction with his working visit to the district today.
The event was attended by Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob, Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, and Felda chairman Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad.
He said since the first land plan was set up in Felda Lurah Bilut, Felda had undergone many changes and transformation due to the ongoing commitment made by the government in efforts to improve the living standard of the settlers, including the second generation.
Among them are the RM2 billion allocation to expand the houses of Felda settlers with a an interest free loan of RM40,000 for every household besides providing six incentives including in the form of debt disposal, incentive payment, special funds and grants as well as housing incentive.
“Over the six months since the six incentives were provided, 14,876 Felda settlers or 93.5 per cent of the total settlers have agreed to return to Felda.
“This high number has never been seen previously but has been successful, any settlers who have agreed are also eligible to receive the incentive payments,” he said. — Bernama