ROMPIN – Deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin reminded Felda settlers not to be easily influenced by the tactics of the opposition which claimed that the government failed to protect their rights.
He described the accusation by the opposition as being unfounded and aimed at seeking political sympathy from voters in the Felda land schemes in the Rompin parliamentary constituency.
“They want to gain political sympathy by making unfounded accusations that the government had failed to defend the ownership titles of the settlers resulting in losses suffered by the Felda settlers.
“This is political accusation that is excessive which, unfortunately, has influenced the children of the Felda settlers too,” he said when opening the Dewan Semai Bakti Felda Keratong, here today which was also attended by Felda chairman Tan Sri Isa Samad.
The function was also attended by Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, who is also the Barisan Nasional (BN) director of coordination for the Rompin parliamentary by-election, Melaka Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron and the BN candidate Datuk Hasan Arifin.
Muhyiddin also gave an assurance that as long as the BN was in power, the interests of the Felda settlers would continue to be protected in terms of development, education and the economy.
“The history of Felda began when the late Tun Abdul Razak wanted to assist the people to overcome poverty and one of the approaches taken was the distribution of land that could be developed so that the settlers would have a brighter future.
“However, this has become history, now many of the Felda areas have become new growth areas with better stadard of living compared to when they were first developed,” he said.
The Felda settlers at first lived in wooden houses, but they now lived in brick houses.
“The houses probably had one or two bedrooms in the past but now, they have grown bigger when more vehicles could be seen in front of the houses during Hari Raya.
This shows that the settler community now enjoy many facilities and live more comfortably,” he added. – BERNAMA