Azmin: Expect more police reports lodged over alleged Felda mismanagement

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 10 Apr 2019

Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said the generation of new growth sectors was one of the seven strategic thrusts in the shared prosperity economic model.

KUALA LUMPUR: More police reports will be lodged by the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) over alleged mismanagement, says Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.

He said the reports would be lodged after the government scrutinised the forensic audit report on Felda that was presented to Cabinet recently, but did not specify exactly when the reports would be lodged

"Yes certainly. There will be more police reports lodged after this White Paper," he said.

Azmin was speaking to reporters at a press conference in the Parliament lobby after tabling the White Paper on Felda in Parliament on Wednesday (April 10).

"We will look at the findings of the audit report which was presented to us recently and we will ensure that all those culprits are brought to justice and ensure no more abuses of power and mismanagement take place in Felda," he added.

Last August, it was reported that Felda had undertaken a round of forensic audit investigations on several dubious investment deals under its previous management.

Azmin's statement comes following a police report lodged alleging that former premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak had ordered Felda into overpaying a 37% stake in Indonesia's Eagle High Plantations PTK (EHP) in 2015.

Najib, in a Facebook posting on Wednesday (April 10), defended Felda's investment in EHP, saying that a "put option" was included as part of the deal and called on the government to make the agreement public.

Without mincing his words, Azmin said that it was unacceptable for the former premier to air his statements on social media because Najib is the Member of Parliament representing the Pekan constituency.

"Let him come to the House and debate in the House. I will respond to him. Don't use Facebook. He is an MP, he needs to sit in Parliament. He is not a Facebook member or a Twitter member," he said.

"Tell him to come to Parliament this evening and I will respond to him," he added.

Azmin also said the government had identified several potential assets to be liquidated in order to increase Felda's cashflow and its financial status.

"We are in the bidding process now. It has to go through an open tender process to ensure we get the highest possible value for the assets that would be liquidated," he added.











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