Samad isa obligatory statue should be burnt ... he appointed chairman of Felda to cover najib altantuya scandal with ziana zain at port dickson hotel a few years ago
Over a thousand settlers today gathered at the national capital here to protest against Tan Sri Isa Samad, urging him to step down as the Federal Land Authority (FELDA) chairman, even as Felda Global Ventures Holding Bhd (FGVH) shares continued their weak performance.
The “Save Felda” rally led by the National Association of Felda Settlers’ Children (ANAK), marched to the Felda headquarters from the mosque at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) today after Friday prayers.
The rally participants chanted “Selamatkan Felda” (Save Felda) and “Undur Isa Samad” (Isa Samad back down”) as they carried an effigy with a photo of Isa Samad on it.
As the ANAK group approached the Felda headquarters, an anti-ANAK group comprising an estimated few hundred people standing about 50 metres away blocked their advance.
The two groups were each separated by rows of police, with the anti-ANAK group holding banners with messages against ANAK and association leader Mazlan Aliman such as “Mazlan Aliman gadai Felda untuk jadi YB” (Mazlan Aliman pawning Felda to be YB) and “Persatuan ANAK pengkhianat” (ANAK group (are) traitors”).
The anti-ANAK group led by Wan Zawawi Wan Zain, also appeared to be pro-Barisan Nasional, as banners with the words “55 tahun Felda aman tanpa Pembangkang” (55 years Felda peaceful without the Opposition) and “I love PM” could also be seen.
Mazlan listed four demands in a memorandum — asking Isa to step down as FELDA chairman as well as urging a stop to political interference in FELDA and the alleged sale of palm oil to an Israeli company.
He also asked that Felda land be returned to the settlers, citing the precarious position of the 360,000 hectares of land due to the dismal performance of FGVH shares.
Six representatives from ANAK — including Mazlan, PAS MP Dr Hatta Ramli, PAS vice-president Salahuddin Ayub — later handed over the memorandum to Felda representatives.
Controversial figure R. Tanggam was also seen hitting the effigy with Isa Samad’s likeness during the rally, where speeches were made by ANAK leaders even as the anti-ANAK group booed.
Former Umno minister Tan Sri Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir, who this year formed a new party — Ikatan, was also seen amongst the orange-clad ANAK crowd, which included a few children.
Both groups dispersed peacefully at around 3.30pm, with no clashes between the two as the police had kept them separated throughout the rally.
“We are very satisfied, everything went on peacefully. Both sides listened to our advice,” the Kuala Lumpur deputy police chief Datuk Amar Singh later told reporters.
ANAK and several opposition leaders had held a giant rally here in July to protest FGVH’s listing, which they claimed was being done to curry favour with FELDA settlers and their children who are seen as an important vote bank for the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) in the run-up to the 13th general elections.
The group had previously expressed its discontent against Isa Samad, who is said to be seeking appointment as chairman of FGVH majority shareholder, Felda Investment Co-operatives (KPF), at its annual general meeting (AGM).
But the AGM, which was scheduled yesterday, has been suspended pending a judicial review at the High Court, the Co-Operatives Commission of Malaysia said in a notice dated December 24 and posted on KPF’s website.
Mazlan who had been staunchly against Isa’s appointment, was previously reported as saying the rally was needed to save FELDA from a “conspirary of the highest order” aimed to reduce KPF’s — and by extension, the farmers’ — stake in the palm oil company.
FGVH shares have experienced a general downward trend and continued to hover near record lows, after surging above its debut price of RM5.30 when it listed on June 28.
Brokers have said, however, that FGVH is likely benefitting from the interest of large institutional funds with the plantation giant’s expected inclusion as a component of the benchmark FBM KLCI index, along with restrictions against cornerstone buyers disposing their lots within six months of the listing.
On December 14, The Star reported that FGVH would join the FBM KLCI index.
But The Edge had reported that the six-month lock-in period ends this week.
when government leaders function basically on the concept of "I help you, you help me", anything goes!
Just look at the Felda case and the simmering Deepak revelations.
What can you expect? UMNO puts a politian to run a corporation. UMNO has a polician who knows nothing about education to formluate policies that is one-sided. Typical UMNO style lah.
When you appoint idiots to top posts, you get disaster, then use Petronas money to bail out. Now they give out BR1M to get votes. After that, they inpose the GST and take it all back. UMNO style