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Felda settlers plead for Raya aid

They say the amount is secondary as the more important issue is to be given some help.

Azzman Abdul Jamal
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Felda residents load a lorry with oil palm fruits at the Felda Pasoh 4 settlement in Jelebu, Negeri Sembilan.
Felda residents load a lorry with oil palm fruits at the Felda Pasoh 4 settlement in Jelebu, Negeri Sembilan.

NGO Persatuan Anak Peneroka Felda Kebangsaan (Anak) today urged the government to provide festive aid for some 112,635 settlers who will celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri this month. 

Anak adviser Mazlan Aliman said such aid would go a long way towards helping the settlers whom he added were struggling to keep up with the cost of living.

He said the aid was also a regular practice during the fasting month.

In previous years, he said, the settlers would receive RM300 to RM600 during Ramadan.

Speaking to MalaysiaNow, he said the most they had ever been given was RM1,000.

"We understand that the government is facing financial constraints, so the amount given is a secondary concern," he said. 

"The important thing is to get some help, also as a token of appreciation and recognition for the settlers for their work in the palm oil and rubber plantations.

"During Dr Mahathir Mohamad's administration in 2018, Raya aid was given at the last minute," he added. 

"The same happened in 2019." 

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