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Mahamad Rodzi Abdul Ghani

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11/11/2002

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Mahamad Rodzi Abdul Ghani

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Felda: 'Come to us first, don't go to court'
TANAH MERAH, Nov 10 (NSPT) - Felda settlers embroiled in disputes withthe management of their land schemes are advised not to use the court tosettle problems.Felda chairman Tan Sri Dr Yusof Noor said the problems could be dealt withusing existing regulations, formulated to protect the interest and welfareof the settlers."While Felda will look into their problem, the settlers cannot expect theproblems to be solved overnight," he said, adding that Felda had to lookinto the root of the problem.However, once a case is in court, Felda can no longer help."It has to be left to the court to decide, he said after a meeting withFelda Kemahang 3 settlers here.Present were National Economic Action Council executive director DatukMustapa Mohamed, Felda deputy director-general Khamis Mat Som, andKelantan Felda chief Roslan Ali.On Sept 22, 354 Felda Kemahang 3 settlers filed a suit against Felda andtwo others for allegedly cheating them over the quality of their oil palmfruits, causing them to suffer losses since 1995.Felda Kemahang 3 manager Ibrahim Ismail and Felda Palm Industries Sdn Bhdhave been named the second and third defendant respectively.The settlers claimed that they discovered fraud and/or conspiracy in thetransactions of the palm oil fruits by the second defendant and/or thefirst defendant to the third defendant on their behalf in Sept 2001.Yusof said even without going to court, Felda would still take actionagainst the management of any land schemes if the officers committedwrongdoings."The officers are governed by regulations," he said.