MALACCA: Globalisation is the way to go in steering Felda enterprises to success and bringing pragmatic changes to Felda, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
“We cannot dodge or deny the essentiality of globalisation.
“We cannot go on using conventional planning, and the current generation of Felda settlers should think globalisation and inter-linking with international organisations to spur the growth of their respective settlements,” he said during the National Felda Settlers Day 2014 and Hari Raya celebration at Jasin Stadium here yesterday.
Najib said Felda should shed its status as a political powerhouse and re-design itself as an economic powerhouse instead.
“We need to think big in generating income that eventually would benefit each and every settler,” he said.
Najib said Felda was spearheading its second phase to bring more prosperity and advance human capital amongst the settlers.
“We are opening a new chapter in Felda’s development, an innovative strategy to turn Felda into a far-reaching organisation such as the listing of Felda Global Venture in the stock market to generate supplementary income.
“Let’s make Felda an economic powerhouse under the second phase of development,” he said.
Najib said the new generation of settlers should not only depend on the land cultivated by their parents but think of ways to benefit from Felda’s second phase of globalisation initiatives.
He added that commodities like palm oil had connections with the worldwide market that the younger generation of settlers could explore.