Tun Abdul Razak: Planted in hope

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  • Thursday, 14 Jan 2016

Peneroka FELDA Bukit Sagu, Mustaffa Ismail, 70, semasa ditemu ramah wakil media menyanjungi tinggi pencetus idea dan jasa pengasas Lembaga Kemajuan Tanah Persekutuan atau FELDA iaitu Allahyarham Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, Perdana Menteri Malaysia kedua, sempena 40 tahun pemergian Allahyarham. Mustaffa mempunyai dua anak yang kedua-duanya berjaya menjadi peguam. — fotoBERNAMA (2016) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA

The Felda scheme elevated the settlers’ lots.

For many Felda settlers, joining the land scheme has changed their lives for the better.

Mustaffa Ismail, 70, of Felda Bukit Sagu 1 in Kuantan, left his hometown in Pokok Sena, Kedah, 34 years ago to become a Felda settler in Pahang. “When I arrived at this Felda scheme 34 years ago, oil palm smallholdings were nothing much to shout about but I toiled in the plantation to earn a lucrative income.

“I am grateful to the government for having given me the 10-acre (4ha) plantation and my family now enjoys a more stable and better life,” said the former rubber tapper.

Joining Felda gave Mustaffa the opportunity to strive for a better life.

Melah (left) and Mustaffa are two Felda settlers who are grateful for Tun Razak’s programme. Melah is enjoying a comfortable life now, she says, while Mustaffa has put two daughters through law school with his income from the Felda scheme he joined. — Bernama

The imam at Felda Bukit Sagu 1 said his income from the plantation had even reached RM6,000 a month, and had enabled him to put his two daughters through law school.

The elder daughter, Nor Hidayah, has set up a law firm in Kuantan while the younger, Nor Munirah, is a civil and syariah lawyer.

“If I had not joined Felda, I could not have even dreamt of such a life. I’d not have imagined seeing my daughters as lawyers,” he said.

Another settler, Melah Busu, 56, of Felda Bukit Sagu 2, also expressed her appreciation of Tun Razak’s endeavour which had enabled her to enjoy a more comfortable life after joining a Felda scheme in 1988.

“In the past, it was difficult for Malays living in the villages to earn a decent living. Income was uncertain. It was fortunate that we were selected to join the Felda schemes and given 10 acres of land each,” she said. – Bernama

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