ROMPIN: Over 20 settlers representing Felda Selancar 3 here were overjoyed when their village emerged champions in the 2018 Anugerah Keceriaan Kampung Felda (AKKF) competition.
The win was all the more meaningful as they received the award from Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the 2019 Felda Settlers’ Day celebration held in their home ground, witnessed by thousands of settlers.
The group’s manager Raduan Rozali, 50, said they received RM1mil, a certificate and trophy.
He said part of the prize money will be used to build a homestay named AKKF (the name of the award) and invested as capital for a cattle breeding project to be run by the second generation villagers.
“We want to help Felda Selancar 3 settlers to earn some side income with the construction of the homestay as currently the settlers are only working on their oil palm and cattle farms,” he said.
The competition, a yearly highlight for the settlers, assessed the Felda villages in 10 key areas, including their homes, quality of the community, main roads, farm management, economic projects, activities of the settlers and the new generation as well as layout and beautification of tourism related businesses in the areas.
Raduan said they spent RM70,000 to beautify the village, including building a recreational park.
“We progressed in stages since 2016 by focusing on cleanliness before going into beautification works,” he said. — Bernama
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