SERDANG: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had made eight announcements on Friday to help raise the living standard of the Felda settlers in various aspects including health, digital transformation, clean water supply, diesel subsidy and houses for the new generation.
Anwar said, the Felda settlers will also be happy with the news that the government is planning to help the ‘rubber settlers’ to shift to commodity crops so as not to depend too much on palm oil.
“When the world becomes more modern the government will ensure the welfare of the people including the Felda settlers will continue to be taken care of and qualified to receive reasonable flow of development,” Anwar said in his Facebook post.
He said that in his speech in conjunction with the ‘Felda Settlers’ Day 2023’ celebration at Taman Ekspo Pertanian Malaysia (MAEPS).
Also present at the event were Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi; Felda Chairman Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek; Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Amuridin Shari and National Chief Felda Settler, Sulong Jamil Mohamed Shariff.
The Tambun Member of Parliament also said that the government will prioritise Felda through the 2024 Budget that will be tabled in October 2023.
Anwar added, the institution will be given priority to look after the settlers and their livelihood.
“I will review (the budget for Felda) through the 12th Malaysia Plan and will include Felda under the second Madani Budget in October as an effort to lift the people’s livelihood,” Anwar said.
Meanwhile Anwar had urged the settlers to make their decisions wisely during the upcoming polls in six states to ensure Unity Government could be retained at the state level.
The prime minister said he will do his best to ensure changes in Felda and at the same time stressed that in a democratic system the power is in the hands of the people.
“I will also ensure that there will be an end to corruption and poverty, to assist Felda and ensure the Unity Government remains at the state level,” he said.- Malaysia World News