Exploitation and sabotage in effort to bring down Felda
KUALA LUMPUR: Efforts by certain parties to sabotage the forward momentum of FELDA and its subsidiaries are getting more blatant and expose those responsible as being politically bankrupt, says a blogger.
The blogger known as Big Dog published a post in his blog yesterday in which he claimed Pas central committee member Mazlan Aliman had deceived IPTA students (students from public institutions of higher learning) into demonstrating in front of Felda headquarters in Kuala Lumpur on 23 November.
“Mazlan lied to these students, who became part of this fraudulent demonstration against Felda and subsidiaries under Felda Global Ventures (FGV). Previously the students were demonstrating elsewhere, but suddenly gathered in front of Felda headquarters. Unaware that they were being used, they were asked to demonstrate based on the lie that Felda does business with Israel,” Big Dog wrote.
According to Big Dog, this was just one of many failed attempts by Mazlan to foil the government’s efforts to elevate Felda to a better position.
“He opposed the listing of FGV by instigating a group of settlers to reject the IPO on the grounds that it would lead to their 10 acres of land disappearing, which was proven to be a big lie,” Big Dog said.
“Later, ANAK (the National Felda Settlers’ Children Association) also campaigned for Felda members to reject the ‘Durian Runtuh’ (windfall) that had been announced by Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Razak in his Budget 2012 speech on 7 October 2011 as a direct result of the FGV listing,” the blogger said.
Big Dog said Mazlan’s latest deception, which prompted the demonstration in front of Felda’s headquarters, involved his claim that palm oil has ended up in Israel via the Egyptian port of Adabiya after being sold by Felda IFFCO to Israeli-owned Bunge Agribusiness Singapore.
However, the blogger pointed out, once the palm oil reaches a foreign port it is beyond the scope of control of FGV and its subsidiaries.
“Palm oil, like other commodities, can easily change hands, especially among traders. Most importantly, there is no control over (or planning for) what the end use will be, especially by the original manufacturer. If it is removed from the original supply and repackaged, it is impossible to trace, let alone control,” he said.
Big Dog lamented the fact that Mazlan and other “politically-bankrupt leaders” have tried to sabotage the Prime Minister’s efforts to transform the lives of the Felda community.
“The Felda community deserve to have their voices represented by Felda children who are more mature and responsible,” he said.
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