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April 15, 2010

Felda critic to campaign in Hulu Selangor despite ban

Thu, 15 Apr 2010 06:49

By Zefry Dahalan

KUALA KUBU BAHARU: Land rights activist Mazlan Aliman has vowed to defy an order barring him from settlements run by the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda).

He said he would go into Felda land schemes to campaign for the Pakatan Rakyat candidate in the April 23 Hulu Selangor parliamentary by-election.

Mazlan is the president of ANAK, an organisation representing the interests of the children of Felda settlers and a fierce critic of the land authority and of Barisan Nasional.

Last month, Mazlan was arrested while speaking to a group of settlers in Felda Lembah Klau, Pahang.

In June last year, Felda filed a suit against him over his book ‘Felda: Dulu Tolong, Sekarang Along’ (Felda: Once a Saviour, Now a Shylock).

In an interview with FMT, he said he would exercise his right as a Malaysian citizen to be at any place in the country, including any Felda settlement area.

He said the order barring him from the settlements was unconstitutional.

“With the help of the ANAK volunteers, I will be campaigning for the PKR candidate in all the Felda schemes in Hulu Selangor,” he said.

There are five Felda settlements within the Hulu Selangor constituency: Gedangsa, Suharto, Sungai Buaya, Sungai Tenggi and Sungai Tenggi Selatan.

Mazlan, who is also a member of the PAS central committee, said he would expose all the misdeeds and abuses of power that the Felda management was guilty of.

One of the main issues he would highlight, he added, was the withholding of re-seeding funds that Felda had promised to settlers.

“This money belongs to the poor Felda settlers and was deducted from their incomes,” he said.

“Felda was supposed to return the money to settlers choosing to replant on their own. But 25,000 settlers nationwide still wait for their money. Many have been waiting for as long as 10 years. Do you think this is not an abuse of power?”

According to him, if the funds were released, each eligible settler would receive about RM17,000.

He also said he would raise the issue of compensation for settlers in Sungai Buaya whose land was taken over 15 years ago for development into a township.

About 400 settlers were involved and they should each receive about RM1 million, he added.

Also read:

Settlers accuse Felda of fraud and discrimination

Is Felda straying from its original mission?

One Comment leave one →
  1. Mohamad Nordin Bin Zainal permalink
    December 31, 2010 10:18 AM

    Salam hormat untuk saudara Aliman dan pemilik blog.Saya anak peneroka Felda Gedangsa dan pemegang kuasa sebagai pentadbir tanah arwah ibu dan ayah yang telah meninggal dunia.Masaalah saya segala hasil dan sumbangan felda tidak dapat diserah kan kepada saya walaupun setelah memohon kepada felda supaya masuk ke akaun saya untuk pengagihan yang lebih telus.Segala hasil diserah kepad kakak sulung di felda,saya bertugas dipahang.Bagaimana ingin menjadi ahli pertubuhan ANAK!

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