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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Felcra cooperative illegal, accounts not audited

Sulaiman Kamal | 1:27 AM | | | Best Blogger Tips

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PAS revealed that the cooperative owned by the Federal Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (Felcra) was not registered, and as such it was never subjected to any audit.
The party's National Land and Development bureau chief Mazlan Aliman said due to this, it financial management was open to abuse and frauds.


Mazlan (pic) said the cooperative had used the settlers’ money for travel expense of Felcra officers, meals for VIPs and other events.

Saying many settlers had complained of low dividend payment by the authority, Mazlan however said this was not the case with its spending habit, adding that irregularities in Felcra were worse than the ones involving Federal Land Development Authority (Felda).

Mazlan also questioned the payment of RM200 to each settler every quarter of the year.

“This is way too low,” he told a press conference at the PAS headquarters.

He said that BAPA, the Malay acronym for PAS-initiated Felcra Participants Action Organisation (Badan Bertindak Peserta Felcra), would be filing legal suits against the authority over abuse of settlers’ funds through its cooperative.

“The lawyers panel will spearhead a campaign to urge the government to pay out individually, instead of dividend like now,” he added.

Mazlan, who also heads National Association of Felda Settlers’ Children (ANAK), said many complaints were received from Felcra participants in Perak, Terengganu, Johor, Negeri Sembilan and Kedah.

He also announced a national-level Hari Raya event for Felcra participants on September 16 at Felcra Changkat Lada, Perak, where more details of the campaign and legal suits would be given.

“We will not reveal it now as we are worried they will be harassed by Felcra,” he said.

According to Mazlan, the court victory by Mohamad Ramly Sanji, over Felcra's attempt to take over his two-hectare property in Kacu Tapah, Perak which he inherited from his mother, had encouraged more settlers to take their grievances to court.

Ipoh High Court judicial commissioner Hassan Abd Rahman earlier ruled that the agreement between Felcra and Mohamad Ramly's mother was not valid and instructed Felcra to vacate the land within 30 days.


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