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Felda offers 1,000 ex-addicts jobs in plantations

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PUTRAJAYA — February 17, 2016: Some 1,000 former trainees of the National Anti-Drug Agency have been offered jobs in the plantations for two years by Felda and Felda Global Ventures.

The rehabilitated addicts will be placed in plantations under the Oil Palm For Life (OPAL) programme beginning mid-March.

They were selected during a roadshow at the Cure and Care Rehabilitation Centres nationwide beginning this month.

“The OPAL initiative gives former addicts a chance to rebuild their life and also reduces the dependence on foreign labour,” Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Razali Ibrahim said here today.

The first batch of 50 former addicts to be placed in Felda Serting in Negri Sembilan will be paid a minimum wage of RM900 and provided hostel facilities and transportation.

In addition to carrying out plantation work, they will attend spiritual, motivational and counselling sessions to make them self-reliant.

Razali said the number of participants would be added gradually. — Bernama

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