FELDA's original aim was to resettle the Malay poor including ex Malay servicemen and to develop rural and jungle land, which has riled many moronic Westerners, eg. Senator Xenophon of Australia, because their beloved orangutans would be driven out by human developments.
Apart from the inconvenient fact that orangutans exist ONLY in the Borneo and Sumatra islands, and has f**k-all to do with Peninsula plantations, Xenophon is hell-bent on legislating compulsory labelling of palm oil products in Australia to "assist" (meaning, to dissuade) Australians from choosing (and buying) palm oil and towards choosing alternatives to palm oil like the American soy-oil or Australian canola oil, where orangutans exist only in zoos in those countries (taken from the Borneo and Sumatra islands).
I'm not Ozzie so how am I able to vote for Xenophon?
In other words he wants to destroy or at least curb palm oil plantations to 'save' orangutans and f**k those Malaysian or Indonesian poor settlers and plantation workers.
OTOH, FELDA has since deviated or diverted from its original aim into areas of which some are NOT related to that aim, of settlement of the Malay poor cum land development.
But that's merely typical of Malaysian government agency after a while. For example, several decades back, there was an agency responsible for palm oil plantation. Some 'smart Alecs' in that organization thought that instead of buying fertilizer to nurture the palm trees, that organization should keep goats on the plantation where the goat droppings could serve as fertilizer for the palm trees.
So one thing led to another, and before the organization knew where the goats were taking them, those smart Alecs started to have goat husbandry (instead of palm oil) as their primary business concern and thus goat sh*t in their brains.
Secondly, a point on FELDA's seemingly discriminatory role, to wit, why was or rather is its scheme not carried out in Sarawak as per the Peninsula model?
Why treat Sarawakians working on the sole FELDA scheme there as labourers instead of endowing those workers with land ownership as in Peninsula?
That's for the new Chair to answer and work out.
Anyway, to break or indeed to 'make' UMNO the ruling majority in the coming elections, and thus either kicking out or keeping in Najib as the PM in the new parliamentary term, will be dependant upon, to some extent, the Malay voters in FELDA (Peninsula).
So the farmers in the FELDA scheme will represent a significant voting bloc in a federal election.
But who can influence them?
A week or so ago, RPK discussed the possibility that the just-replaced Chair of FELDA, Mohd Isa Abdul Samad, might be a Maddy Trojan Horse. RPK thus alluded to possible attempts to destabilize FELDA so as to cause much grief to Ah Jib Gor vis-a-vis the Heartland.
Well, before I could say 'Nik Abduh knows lots about floods', Isa has been replaced by Shahrir Abdul Samad as the new FELDA Chairman. For more, see Malaysiakini Shahrir named new Felda chairperson.
Isa has just been moved sideways to the less vote-influential position as Chair of Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGV).
In typical Najib-speak, with his euphemistic tribute of appreciation to Isa etc etc etc, does this mean RPK has been right about secret manoeuvrings in UMNO-Land, and also predicted correctly the inevitable outcome for Isa?
Has Ah Jib Gor neutralized Mohd Isa and consequentially Maddy again?
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