Sec-gen stays tight-lipped on Felda-Felcra merger

KUALA LUMPUR: Economic Affairs Ministry secretary-general Datuk Saiful Anuar Lebai Hussen is staying tight-lipped over the proposal to merge the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) and Federal Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (Felcra).

“No, no, no. I don’t know about that,” he said when asked by reporters on the sidelines of the Sixth Malaysia Statistics Conference (MyStats 2018) here yesterday.

According to a report from a weekly financial newspaper, the government would table a White Paper on Felda in parliament which would likely contain proposals to restore proper financial management and governance at Felda.

One of these proposals is a possible merger with Felcra.

On Sunday, at the 13th PKR Congress, Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said the government would be tabling at the Parliament in December a White Paper on the wrongful and irresponsible management of Felda that led to over RM8bil in debt.

Themed “Embracing Data Science and Analytics to Strengthen Evidence-Based Decision Making”, the one-day conference aims to propel the statistical community to explore areas of data science and analytics as crucial and beneficial tools for evidence-based decision-making. — Bernama

Source: TheStar