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Breath Of Fresh Air For Felda Settlers

By Kurniawati Kamarudin

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- The 112,634 settlers of the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) in the 317 land schemes across the country must have heaved a huge sigh of relief upon learning about the tabling of the Felda White Paper in Parliament today.

The document, tabled in the Dewan Rakyat by Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, lists key essentials to inject fresh energy and optimise the potential through short-, medium- and long-term plans to restore the glory of Felda.

Felda faced a severe financial problem brought on by cash flow constraints which made it unable to cover operating costs, replanting costs and provision of loans to its settlers.

Pakatan Committed To Restoring Status Of Sabah, Sarawak

By Ali Imran Mohd Noordin

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- In line with its pledge to make Sabah and Sarawak equal partners with Peninsular Malaysia, the Pakatan Harapan government tabled the bill to amend Article 1 (2) of the Federal Constitution for its second reading in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.

However, the government did not get the two-thirds majority it needed to amend the Federal Constitution. Only 138 members of Parliament supported the Federal Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2019 -- 10 short of the 148 votes required to get a two-thirds majority -- while 59, including several MPs from Sabah and Sarawak, abstained from voting.

When tabling the Federal Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2019  for its second reading, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said it sought to restore the status of Sabah and Sarawak as equal partners with Peninsular Malaysia as set out in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA 63).

Fikirlah: Pressing Need To Amend Outdated Land Law

By Kurniawati Kamarudin

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- It is high time the Malay Reservation Enactment 1933, that has been in force for almost nine decades, is amended to ensure the protection of Malay land proprietary interests.

This was the crux of the recommendations made by land professionals, lawyers, bumiputera developers and Malay non-governmental organisations during a recent workshop on 'Saving Malay Reserve Land' organised by Pertubuhan Profesional Tanah Malaysia (Pertama).     

Most of the participants wanted the antiquated provisions in the Malay Reservation Enactment, the first edition of which was drafted by the British in 1913, to be adjusted to suit the current scenario.

Another 50 Kuala Terla Farmers Facing Eviction

By Ahmad Erwan Othman

CAMERON HIGHLANDS (Bernama) -- Nearly three generations of their families have operated the fruit and vegetable farms in Kuala Terla in the mukim of  Ulu Telom here, for over half a century but another 50 smallholders there are likely to be evicted by the Pahang state authorities this week.

Between Feb 25 and mid-March, the Cameron Highlands district and land offices tore down the structures at 11 farms located in the same area under the first phase of its enforcement against the Kuala Terla smallholders who, according to the state government, not only violated certain conditions stipulated in their temporary occupation licence (TOL) but also used prohibited chemical substances that allegedly contaminated the nearby river.

The authorities are expected to carry out the second phase of its enforcement action sometime this week, this time against 50 farms spread over an area of 80 hectares in Kuala Terla.

Resolving The Woes Of Felda Settlers

By Kurniawati Kamarudin

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- The reportedly critical state of the Federal Land Development Authority's (Felda) finances is having a profound impact on the 112,635 settlers nationwide.

Trouble began brewing in 2013 and by 2017, the Felda group of companies had incurred losses amounting to RM4.8 billion. Its liabilities, which stood at RM1.2 billion in 2007, had swelled to RM14.4 billion by 2017.

Felda director-general Datuk Dr Othman Omar has previously stated that the amount of debts mutually agreed to between Felda and the settlers stood at RM5.5 billion to date, while another RM2 billion has yet to be finalised. (The debts were incurred as a result of loans taken by settlers from Felda, mostly for replanting, housing and other purposes.)

App Connects Pet Owners With Loving Petsitters

By Norhayati Mohd Akhir

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- One of the biggest dilemmas of pet owners is finding a trustworthy petsitter when going away for long holidays or work trips.

There are a number of pet boarding services in the country but many of it are unlicensed. From time to time, stories about animal neglect at pet hotels would surface, contributing to fears among pet owners about using such services.

Dog owner Terrena is one of the thousands of pet owners in Malaysia with the concern and decided to try PetBacker, an app that connects pet owners with animal-loving petsitters.