By THE BORNEOTODAY TEAM
KOTA KINABALU – A Parti Warisan Sabah government will direct the State Attorney General to take a relook at the agreement signed with Felda in an effort to take back lands that has not been utilised as settlements.
Felda, according to Warisan president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, is raking in millions of ringgit in profits annually at the expense of the people of Sabah.
Speaking at the Warisan Chinese New Year gathering hosted by its vice president and Likas Assemblyman, Junz Wong on Sunday, Shafie said:
“Vast tracts of land in Lahad Datu were given away to Felda so that they could develop settlement schemes, but today perhaps only 20 per cent of the land has been utilised for that purpose.
“The balance has been commercialised and the profits are going back to Felda (headquarters) in Kuala Lumpur.
“We Warisan forms the government, we will look into taking back these lands (that have not been utilised for settlement purposes) and place in under a Sabah agency so that the profits remain in the state.”
Shafie also said that he would look into downstream processing activities for the crude palm oil that is produced in Sabah.
“Sabah is the largest CPO producer in the country but it is being exported to other countries or sent back to the peninsula.
“Why can’t the present government open up plants, or invite investors to set up factories to process the CPO into value added products and create more employment in the process,” he added.
At the launching of the KDMM football team jersey later in the day at a different event, Shafie said a Warisan government would also give more emphasis on sport development and youth activities.
He said that his government would set up an RM100 million entrepreneurial fund to encourage the youth to set up small and medium scale businesses.