SIK – The Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (Risda) is still tracking down 135 smallholders in the state who could not be traced to pay out dividends which are in arrears dating back to 1979.
State Exco for Information, Rural Development and Poverty Eradication, Datuk Mohd Tajudin Abdullah said the group comprised mainly the earliest generation although it was not known whether they had resettled elsewhere or whether they were still alive.
“There is no latest information for Risda to track them down which resulted in the dividends could not be distributed to them or their next of kin.
“Thus, the smallholders concerned or their next of kin are asked to go to the nearest Risda office to enable the unpaid dividends to be distributed,” he told reporters after a ceremony to distribute Risda dividends for the Kedah state level for 2017, at the Dewan Wawasan Gemilang, here today.
Also present were Risda Deputy Director-General of Development, Nasaruddin Malek and Kedah State Risda Director, Ramli Tumin.
Meanwhile, Mohd Tajudin said a total of RM1.299 million in dividends were distributed to 830 participants of Risda schemes in the state today. – BERNAMA