FELDA youth will be appointed as board member and government aid to secure housing loan –PM Ismail

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KUALA LUMPUR FEB.12: As recognition to the youths of FELDA, the government has agreed to appoint them to be the board members of FELDA to enable them to develop the nation together.

Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, the government has also agreed to approve the allocation of RM300, 000 to Majlis Belia FELDA Malaysia (MBFM), RM200, 000 to Kami Anak Felda (KAF) and RM100, 000 to Sekretariat Permuafakatan Siswa/Siswi Felda (PERSADA).

“I hope the government’s contribution will assist MBFM, KAF and PERSADA to create programmes to help the youths,” Ismail said in his speech at the dinner before the annual general meeting of the three youth associations was officiated at Menara FELDA here this evening.

The Prime Minister stressed that the present situation is very much different from the FELDA in the early days as currently from 2.1 million FELDA young generations only 440,000 still live in 317 FELDA land nationwide while 1.6 million have migrated.

“Following the migration of the youths, FELDA has to hire foreign labourers to manage the palm oil and rubber plantations. In fact some houses are unoccupied as the children are not interested to continue the legacy.

“The new generation especially the youths are the legacy connectors of the early generation to ensure the FELDA land is not empty. The government realises this situation.

“I have heard two main issues that have been encountered by the young generation in FELDA areas and it includes housing problem and job opportunities in FELDA areas,” Ismail said.

According to Ismail, when the 12th Malaysia Plan was tabled on 27th September 2021, the housing development model was based on self-build house that would be introduced to enable the young generation to own houses in the FELDA areas.

The Prime Minister said, the second generation who are working with FELDA cannot afford to get loan as they have no pay slip. The houses that have been planned are not successful and that is the reason the government is introducing a new concept for the generation to build their houses in the existing lots which are cheap and affordable to own.

“Our aim at building the housing project is to ensure the young generation in the FELDA areas own their own houses and if not how long will they stay in their parents’ houses?” asked Ismail.

In relation to that issue, Ismail said, in Budget 2022 the government has announced the guaranteed housing credit scheme with an allocation of RM2 billion to help the second generation that have no salary slips to borrow loans and guaranteed by the government. _ Malaysia World News


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