KUALA LUMPUR — May 25, 2017: Three new board members have been appointed to help restore the faith of the people, especially stakeholders, in Felda, the Federal Land Development Authority.
They are Malaysian Palm Oil Board director-general Dr. Ahmad Kushairi Din, Felda woman settlers icon Ramlah Jailani and former general manager Datuk Zulkifli Wahab.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak approved their appointments two days ago.
“The three are experienced individuals. I hope with these appointments, the respect of the people, especially stakeholders, will be restored,” said the agency’s chairman Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad at the launch of the D’Saji Ramadan buffet here today.
Shahrir also said that various decisions had been made, such as the integrity pledge, to fight corruption.
“The support from the people, especially at the grassroot level, is important for us. Over the past four years, Felda has been through a lot, including being involved in a corruption scandal. Its image and reputation were tarnished and the public, as well as the settlers, have begun doubting Felda,” he said.
Shahrir cited the arrest of five Felda officials by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, including its former deputy director, relating to a sturgeon fish-rearing project worth about RM47.6mil, to be one reason for the decline in the trust in Felda.
“This situation has put Felda in a disfficult place. We have to do something to restore Felda’s tarnished reputation and integrity.”
With the appointment of the three, Felda now has 12 directors. — Bernama