Air Putih settlers want land for younger generation


KEMAMAN: All that settlers in the Air Putih state constituency want from their wakil rakyat are street lights and designated land areas for the new Felda generation to build houses.

Knowing that this is not much to ask, the settlers hope their requests can be fulfilled.

Site visit: Kemaman’s Barisan candidate Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek campaigning inFelda Neram 1, Kemaman.

According to settler Ali Dagang from Felda Neram Satu, it was important that roads in the settlement were well lit to prevent accidents and untoward incidents.

“The roads are dark and most of us here use motorcycles. Accidents have happened and we want to avoid this.

“Furthermore, we do not want unscrupulous people lurking around in the dark, causing trouble to our women folk,” he said.

The 70-year-old Umno branch chairman said opening new areas for housing would ensure settlers’ children remained in Felda schemes and continued with the work started by their parents.

Villager Abdul Rashid Ali, 63, echoed similar opinions, saying if members of the younger generation were given land to build houses, they would be more inclined to stay.

“It is like dangling a carrot in front of the horse. If they cannot find a place to set up home, they will want to move elsewhere.

“I am getting old and so are my friends. In a few years, we will not be able to attend to the land and are hoping our children can continue our work, especially when the price of palm oil is good,” he said.

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There are around 600 families and 3,000 people residing in Felda Neram Satu.

Air Putih is one of four state seats under the Kemaman parliamentary seat. The others are Kemasik, Chukai and Kijal.

Incumbent Kemaman MP Datuk Shabery Cheek of Barisan Nasional said that lighting up streets in Felda settlements and along main roads was already in the Government’s development pipeline.

“As for approving land for the second Felda generation, I believe the authority, under the leadership of Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, is already planning this,” he said.

Shabery was confident the two “unsettled issues” would not result in a “change of heart” among voters in the constituency, who have always supported Barisan.

“I believe the people of Kemaman know it is only the Barisan which can help them and bring development,” he said.

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