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Mahamad Rodzi Abdul Ghani

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09/07/2001

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Mahamad Rodzi Abdul Ghani

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360 settlers with dreams of being millionaires thr
360 settlers with dreams of being millionaires threaten legal actionJOHOR BARU, July 9, 2001(The Star) - Some 360 Felda settlers areconsidering legal action against a company managing their land if it doesnot fulfil their dreams of becoming millionaires.Eight years ago, they had converted their 1,477ha land in Cahaya Baru, onwhich they had toiled for over 30 years, for commercial use in a RM544mildeal. Each of them was to get over a RM1mil.They then formed Cahaya Baru Development Berhad (CBDB) and receivedbetween RM140,000 and RM200,000 each as part payment in 1996.But the money has stopped coming. So has development on the proposedcommercial and residential project on their land situated next to thenewly-opened Tanjung Langsat industrial zone.At a much-awaited annual general meeting of CBDB last week, the 366settlers failed to get answers on the progress and future development oftheir land.It is learnt that members were upset with the directors for not being ableto submit last year's audited accounts.Abdul Razak Abdul Rahman, whose father had toiled the land for 30 years,said the company had promised to submit the accounts at an EGM in twomonths.He said the settlers had also requested that the company draw up sale andpurchase agreements to avoid complications later."The AGM was supposed to resolve the problem but now the future of thedevelopment is in doubt."We will wait for the EGM in two months' time and if there are still noanswers from the company, we will take legal action," he said, adding thatthe settlers hoped Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman would intervene.Declining rubber and palm oil prices prompted the settlers to form thecompany in 1993 with the hope that they would get better returns if theland was used for commercial purposes.In April, they were shocked to find the land being cleared for a housingproject they were not aware of. Repeated queries to the company drew ablank.Felda Cahaya Baru is the first land scheme in Johor where settlers optedto convert their land into commercial use.