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HULU TERENGGANU: A total of 1,466 settlers in four Felda schemes here have received a windfall of RM7.33 million in conjunction with the listing of Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGVHB) on Bursa Malaysia.
Of the amount, RM2.925 million was handed over to 585 settlers in Felda Bukit Bading, RM1.835 million (367 Felda Jerangau Barat settlers), RM1.645 million (329 Felda Mengkawang settlers) and RM925,000 (185 Felda Tersat settlers).
Terengganu Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said handed over cheque replicas for the amount at Felda Jerangau Barat here yesterday.
It was a double joy for 101 settlers from Felda Jerangau Barat as they also received a land grant of four hectares each where their farm and house are set on besides the windfall.
A settler, Chik Mamat, 64, and his wife, Ramlah Mohamad,58, who were overjoyed, said they were thankful as they finally got the land title after a 30-year wait.
"When I first set my foot on Felda Jerangau, the oil palm planted was already 10-year-old and bearing fruit. We worked in clusters on a 96ha oil palm plantation and shared the revenue equally among 24 settlers involved before the land was divided among us.
"We've got four ha each and could earn between RM1,000 and RM4,000 a month," said Chik, adding that life in Felda was pleasant as the government and Felda provided them with good infrastructure and amenities.
For Nafisah Abdul Rahman, 50, since her husband died 17 years ago, she had to engage workers to help her toil the land and her income had enabled her to raise two children, who were now on their own.
Thanking the government for the land grant and windfall, she hoped FGVHB listing would take Felda to greater heights and further enhance the well-being of Felda settlers.
Another settler, Adnan Mahmud, 55, who joined the Felda scheme at the age of 23 after he got married, said Felda settlers could not ask for anything better as they received a land title, a windfall and shares in FGVHB.
"I became a settler after working with Felda Bukit Bading as I wanted to have a good future. I was confident that Felda will help settlers improve their standard of living. Furthermore, my father was a also settler. I am proven right," he added. -- BERNAMA