The omnifarousness of Malaysian politics from the disingenuous and empty promise of a Sabah politician who tried to fool the kampong folks promising to get 50% oil royalty for Sabah if his party voted into power, to a politically bankrupt of ideas of a PKR Malay politician who called the proposed listing of FELDA as "an evil scheme"
Obviously, this Malay politician from PKR wanted the future generations of FELDA settlers to continue living "under the tempurong" as Rocky cleverly put it in his article below.
PKR's chief strategist Rafizi Ramli has described the proposed listing of Felda as "an evil scheme". Scary. Since when did an IPO become an evil scheme to cheat the rakyat? Yes, it's scary when young politicians like Rafizi start to label things "evil".
What really is evil in the scheme of things involving Felda and its 113,000 setllers? I'll tell you what, Rafizi: Evil is the scheming going on to stop the IPO and to deny the settlers' children and their children to have a shot at a better life, for them to be able to get out of the little plots that the government opened up years ago so that they could pursue bigger and better opportunities.
Evil is the scheming minds of politicians - young ones like Rafizi and old ones like Tengku Razaleigh - who want settlers to remain as settlers forever, and who expect the settlers' children and grandchildren to continue to become settlers.
Yes, that's evil.
What the IPO offers settlers is not just the windfall in terms of ringgit and sen. It allows these settlers to move up in life and become part of the future growth of Felda in Malaysia and the rest of the world. It allows the settlers to keep what they already have and, in addition, open up vistas for the settlers' future generations to become more than just settlers.
A few years ago, an think-tank conducted a study on more than 20,000 settlers in the state of Sabah. One of the questions they asked the settlers is whether they would like their children to become settlers after them. None of them said they wanted their children to become settlers.Read more.
PKR is the weakest link in the amalgamation of strange bedfellows. They will get the least seats among the three components in the coming general elections.