PUTRAJAYA - Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) settlers have expressed their gratitude to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for granting special incentives to ensure the welfare and prosperity of the community.
Felda settlers' head Samsudin Othman said the short, medium and long-term incentives were welcome news for all 112,635 settlers in the 317 Felda settlements across the country, to help ease their burden and the debt relief incentive would provide relief to settlers.
"We Felda settlers are grateful and thankful to the Prime Minister," he told reporters after attending the national-level Felda Settlers Day 2017 celebration at Dataran Putrajaya, here Sunday.
At the event, Najib announced six incentives for Felda settlers in the form of debt disposal, incentive payment, the setting up of a special fund and grant, as well as a housing incentive, among others.
Mohammad Zainal Mohd Yusof, 61, from Felda Palong, Negri Sembilan said it portrays the commitment and sincerity of the Prime Minister who always considered the welfare of the settlers.
"This is the first time we got six incentives at the same time, and I'm very grateful for the announcement. We are always loyal to the Government because it is always thinking of our welfare.
"I am also delighted to celebrate the Prime Minister's birthday here," said the retired army man, adding that Felda always gave good returns to the settlers.
For Halimah Awang, 58, from Felda Soeharto, Selangor, she is grateful to the Government for remembering the people who are loyal to Felda and who have always benefited in various forms.
"I really love Felda, which has done a lot for the settlers. We hope the current Felda generation will look after Felda well in the future," she said.
Meanwhile, Asmawi Ani, or more popularly known as Mawi, from Felda Taib Andak, Kulai, Johor, said the Government had always given top priority to the well-being of Felda settlers by providing all forms of incentives and facilities since 1956.
"See for yourself the positive improvement today, we need to be grateful for what we already have and should preserve it carefully.
"The young generation especially, should not listen to negative stories about Felda and be easily influenced. Check it out first. That's the most important thing.
Actor Abdul Jalil Hamid, a native of Felda Cahaya Baru, Masai, Johor, sees the granting of the incentives as a sign of concern and care by the Government under the leadership of Najib who is always striving to create a better quality of life for the people and a prosperous nation.
"This is what is special about the Government in helping the Felda settlers. There are times, the settlers lives are dependent on palm oil commodities, the price of which at times goes up and at times falls.
"I am also a native of Felda and spent years of my live there. There are people who are not even able to build their own houses. This is a great reward from the Government we have to be grateful for," he said.