KUALA LUMPUR, April 11 — A Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) activist today predicted that 20 estates across the nation could swing to Pakatan Harapan (PH) in the 14th general election (GE14).
Mazlan Aliman, the president of Felda settlers group ANAK, said that positive sentiments from Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd’s initial public offering in 2013 had fizzled out.
“There are about 20 [settlements in] Parliamentary seats which we have categorised as having a tendency to change,” Mazlan told a forum discussing the federal agency organised by anti-graft group C4.
The supreme council member of Parti Amanah Negara said the 20 areas are in Johor (seven), Pahang (five), Perak (two), Kedah, Melaka and Negri Sembilan (one each).
Mazlan said based on his observations, 80 per cent of Felda settlers are prepared to vote for the Opposition instead of Barisan Nasional (BN).
He said settlers currently shoulder debts, unfinished and abandoned homes, and a rising cost of living.
“When small-time palm oil farmers in villages can get RM6,000 and RM7,000, [Felda] settlers only get RM2,000 to RM3,000, and after deducting their debts, what is left for them?
“So my tendency, with the sentiments today, my confidence sides with Pakatan Harapan,” he added.